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

Why not include in the landscaping section so there is no question that they are allowed? Are front yard fences allowed in LHD?

The original post has an answer to this question under June 5th posts. We can include the xericulture alternatives and other landscape suggestions in the intent/guidelines. This input has been provided to the HPC.

Front yard fences are seen within the proposed local historic district, but are not prevalent. The HPC will make a determination as to whether or not front yard fences or lack of front yard fences is part of the historic character of the proposed district. The decision regarding this matter will be addessed in the ordinance and guidelines available in the fall. You did not provide your input as to whether you think they should or should not be allowed in the guidelines. You input is valuable and I encourage you to provide this to the HPC.