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.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Controlling height and mass via zoning is expensive

Ask the City of Austin -http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/pacific/othercities/austin/stories/2007/07/16/story11.html?b=1184558400%5E1490177

The City of Austin, Texas responded to it's citizen's outcry over houses being built out of scale with neighborhing houses through new zoning laws. Because this zoning must be applied uniformly across the entire City it had a negative impact. Using zoning to protect the unique character of a neighborhood and provide affordable housing is like using a chainsaw to slice a pie. Such zoning is hard to manage both for the City employees, architects, and builders.

The local use of historic district designation means that the City can have zoning regulations that are flexible and simple to follow. The additional overlay allows a community to protect their historic resources and diversity of their community without impacting the entire City. It also means that the neighborhood gets greater flexibility to renovate and rebuild while still protecting the property values of smaller houses and protecting the historic nature of the neighborhood. A win-win.


Colleen said...

You have a lot of information on this site regarding the improved property values within a local historic district. One-Oakhurst Community has delivered a flyer to my home that states "studies show that small and/or unremodeled LHD property values stagnate or decline because buyers fear difficulty and additional expense of remodeling". Have you come across such studies in your research?