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 8, 2007

Is the lovely home located at 228 Third Ave. considered contributing or noncontributing under the Old Decatur LHD Guidelines?

Amanda Thompson with the City of Decatur provided a schedule of the process regarding the local historic district. This schedule is posted on this blog in an earlier post. I will be happy to provide a copy if you will send a request to preserveoakhurst@gmail.com. In the schedule there is a note that "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." This means that contributing and non-contributing decisions will be made during July and August. We are unable to speak for the HPC. The home is of the age of the historic character intended to protect. The home appears to have retained the original blockface and much of the original home. However, there is a significant addition to the roof line and rear of the home. There will be a list of contributing and non-contributing homes available with the HPC application in the Fall. Thank you for your question.