What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Notice of Community Input Meetings with Historic Preservation Commission

East Lake/Mead Road Proposed Local Historic District (aka Oakhurst Local Historic District aka Meade's Station Local Historic District)

The Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of preparing an application for a local historic district in the northwest section of Oakhurst. This process will include a significant amount of public input from residents and property owners to determine the intent of the district and the appropriate ordinance and design guidelines to protect the district if it is created.

Below is an estimated timeline for preparing the application and a public involvement schedule. This timeline could change based on the public comments received during the input process and staff availability. However, the public hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission will not happen before October 2007.

All meetings are scheduled for two hours and will be held at City Hall at 509 North McDonough Street in the City Commission Room.

Public Input on Ordinance & Design Guidelines

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM
Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:00 AM
Tuesday –Wednesday, June 26-27, 2007 at 10:00 AM

During July and August, the Historic Preservation Commission will complete the list of historic and non-historic structures, building surveys, finalize the boundaries, and prepare the ordinance and design guidelines.

Public Input on HPC Application for the proposed local historic district

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10:00 AM

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will hold a public hearing on the creation of this district on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 7:30 PM at City Hall. This is the time to comment on whether or not you support the creation of this district. The City Commission generally holds a public hearing on creation of the district within 90 days of the HPC hearing.

If you cannot attend a meeting you can submit comments or request more information via mail, email, fax, or phone to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission c/o Amanda Thompson at the address below:
509 North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
678-553-6513 Phone
678-553-6518 FAX