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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Local Historic District is a zoning overlay

A local historic district is a zoning overlay and does place additional restrictions on property owners. We will not know what the restrictions are until the final design guidelines have been developed.

Here is a quote from a study performed in South Carolina - http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/propval.pdf“Historic district designation provides protection from negative externalities. The economic value of this protection far out weighs the negative value of any use, maintenance, or other restrictions placed by the ordinances. We know that the protection far outweighs the restrictions because the value jump is both economically and statistically significant”