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.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Valparaiso Historic Preservation Lessons Learned

Here is an interesting piece from another local historic district referring to a study done on local historic districts in Indiana and the eleven lessons learned - http://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/HPC/Districts/Banta/Guidelines/7-About%20the%20Historic%20Preservation%20Commission.pdf

* Buyers in historic districts have broader choices in building style, size, and features and get more house, dollar for dollar for their money

* Local historic districts contain racially and economically diverse populations that mirror their community’s mix of people

* Historic districts do not push out old and poor residents. In fact, local historic districts typically provide affordable housing at many price points for both homeowners and renters.

* People who purchase homes in historic districts aren’t just passing through, but tend to remain for an extended period, adding stability to the area. Local districts promote increased levels of homeownership