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, June 22, 2007

A great article to read about Economic impact of historic districts in Georgia

This is a link to an article about the economic impact of historic districts in Georgia. It is written by Joni Leithe & Patricia Tigue of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. & Canada. It is 26 pages long, but really interesting. Here is a quote from the study.

..."It is time to create a new vision. A vision of community, shared experiences and shared heritage. A vision of a sustainable society, not a throwaway one. A vision that blends what we treasure from our past accomplishments and experiences with what we create from new ideas."