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 21, 2007

Virginia Study on Economic Impact of Historic Preservation

Virginia’s Economy and Historic Preservation: The Impact of Preservation on Jobs, Business and Community (‘95) - prepared for Alliance Virginia by Donovan D. Rypkema

“Certainly not every historic district in every community can expect values to climb at these rates. But the claim that historic designation somehow reduces property values is simply a claim with no basis in fact whatsoever.”