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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

In order to educate myself about the LHD nomination in Oakhurst, I have been reading the HPC minutes. Therein, I discovered that Mr. Levine and Ms. Pr

In order to educate myself about the LHD nomination in Oakhurst, I have been reading the HPC minutes. Therein, I discovered that Mr. Levine and Ms. Provost stated during a March 13, 2007, HPC meeting that they "had contacted every property owner of a contributing property in the dristrict to inform them of the nomination." Additionally, I discovered that Mr. Levine stated during the April 10, 2007, HPC meeting that he had "personally talked to 75% of the neighborhood about putting in a nomination for a district." I live in a house that the HPC has designated as contributing in Exhibit A to its Resolution to implement a 90 day COA for demolitions within the proposed LHD and I was NEVER consulted or informed of the nomination prior to the time periods stated above and have discovered from conversations with numerous neighbors that they were also in the dark. Were the HPC minutes reported incorrectly or were incorrect statements made at the HPC meetings?

Without your address I can not review our notes related directly to you from the door-to-door effort made to inform residents of the LHD. The original district included the streets; Mead, Feld, Cambridge, Leyden, Hood, Third and part of East Lake. We embarked on a door-to-door effort for several months. We also provided a paper notice regarding the same. While we knocked on every door we were not successful in talking to every resident. My records indicate that someone spoke to the majority of the residents, although it was not necessarily Ms. Provost or Mr. Levine who spoke to them. The effort was a human effort and I will admit it had flaws. I regret that you were not consulted. There have been numerous attempts to continue the education of residents and gathering of input from residents for nearly two months and the efforts will continue thorough much of the summer. Please feel free to provide questions or input on this blog or to Amanda Thompson with the City of Decatur.

Also, Winter Avenue, Johnston and Park Place were both added to the proposed local historic district at a later time at the request of the HPC. We made a door-to-door effort to contact those residents as well, but we only attempted contact one time. If you live on one of these streets you had less of an opportunity to be contacted directly.

I encourage you to provide your input regarding the local historic district. There will be public meetings regarding the design guidelines on Tuesday, June 5th 7pm; Saturday, June 9th, 10am; Saturday, June 23rd, 10am; and Tuesday & Wednesday June 26-27 at 10am. All meetings will be held at City Hall.

Public input on the HPC application for the proposed local historic district will be held; Tuesday, August 21, 7pm; Saturday, August 25, 10am, Wednesday, September 12, 10am and 7pm; and Saturday, September 15, 10am.

If you are unable to attend meetings you may contact Amanda Thompson at 678-553-6513 or athompson@decaturga.com.


Anonymous said...

How many property owners did the nominators actually talk to prior to nominating Oakhurst as LHD?

How many of those individuals signed a petition in support?

Will you please post all your records pertaining who you spoke to prior to nomination and whether those individuals were in support, opposition or undecided?