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.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Case Study on Athens Georgia

Athens Georgia Study
Case study on Athens, Georgia regarding the impact of historic preservation on local economies in Georgia – http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/~planningdept/hpecon.html
“Athens' history of preservation efforts made it an ideal location to study the economic impact of National Register and local designation on the community. The National Trust model provides for the analysis of real estate, construction, and commercial activity to quantify preservation's economic contributions. Through analysis of such data, collected in Athens, the study brought these benefits to light. In the sampled study areas, property assessment values show that designated districts, especially locally designated, have increased in value faster than their non-designated comparison areas. Downtown Athens has shown especially strong results. Both the Main Street Program and national designation have contributed greatly to this success. Construction data shows comparatively high levels of financial investment in designated areas. Additionally, the rehabilitation of these properties have contributed more temporary jobs, permit revenue and tax dollars to the community than have non-designated neighborhoods. Once again, the downtown has outperformed all other study areas. Numbers for tourism, in general indicate growth in Athens, and as a host city for the Olympics, the 1996 numbers are sure to increase. Thus, data gathered in accordance with the Trust methodology shows the significant fiscal impact of preservation on Georgia communities. Historic preservation is good business.”