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

"Retaining Walls" - "The use of paint or stucco to cover a

"Retaining Walls" - "The use of paint or stucco to cover ahistoric wall surface is not appropriate." Why the heck do such detailsneed to be in the historic guidelines anyway?

This is so the historic material is preserved and maintained. Once brick is painted, it is very destructive to have it removed. These details are required to be in design guidelines to give the preservation commission and homeowners guidance on how to preserve the historic features of their property.


Anonymous said...

Is not denial of painting a surface on your home or being permitted to repaint a surface (any color) a violation of GA law? Is not that restriction a selection of a color (whatever color of the brick or foundation may be)?
How will all the lawsuits be funded by the City that will occur if Oakhurst becomes LHD based on the vagueness of the guidelines leading to arbitrary decision making and taking of property rights?
Do you want your tax dollars spent fighting numerous lawsuits related to LHD designation or instead to support education and help the elderly and lower income residents of the community?