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 23, 2007

Rome Georgia Case Study

Case study on Rome, Georgia on the impact of historic preservation on local economies in Georgia - http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/~planningdept/hpecon2.html

Here is the conclusion:

“As a preservation advocate and practitioner, the City of Rome demonstrates that historic preservation does have a quantifiable economic and fiscal impact upon local communities. Measurable benefits in areas such as real estate activity, construction activity, and commercial activity are definable through use of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's model. Initial statistics indicate that historic preservation activities contribute financially, as well as aesthetically, to the community. Real estate data, such as property assessment values, support the conclusion that local designation does have a significant impact upon historic property values. Construction activities, such as rehabilitation projects and revitalization programs, contribute to the local economy through job creation, local sales tax revenues, and a strengthened tax base. Though yet to be fully measured, commercial activities such as tourism also contribute to the local economy. As the adoption of preservation strategies spreads, historic preservation serves to reinforce the economic position of Georgia's communities.”