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, July 15, 2007

Historic Designation and Property Value

Historic Designation and Property Value – A Study of the Des Moines Local Historic Districts: Owl’s Head and Sherman Hill (‘99) - prepared for the State Historical Society of Iowa by Charles Masterson

“This study concludes that historic designation has a positive effect on property values in both Owl’s Head and Sherman Hill.”