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.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Profiting from the Past

Profiting from the Past: The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Georgia
(‘99) – Prepared for Athens – Clarke County Unified Government and Historic
Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources by Joni Lettle and Patrick Tigue

“Historic preservation activity enhances property values. Studies undertaken in various communities throughout the state show the positive net impact of preservation. Recent studies in four cities—Tifton, Rome, Athens, and Savannah—confirm that historic preservation enhances property values.”