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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Flyer given to residents within the proposed local historic district

THE HISTORIC DISTRICT is a proposal to protect our classic homes from being needlessly torn down and replaced.

We all appreciate the character of our homes and our neighborhood. A historic district protects that character and makes sure that developers won’t be able to bulldoze historic homes.

The historic district is designed to protect the exterior appearance of our homes so that when they are renovated they still retain their original charm and character. This ensures that former residents will be able to return and still recognize where they grew up. This also makes sure that new residents only build homes that fit in with the existing homes (limiting new home size and new home appearance).

Designating our Oakhurst neighborhood a historic district recognizes the cohesive nature of our community and protects all residents from the intrusion of new construction that would interfere with its character.
The historic district does not prevent any renovations of the interior of your home and regulates only material changes to the portion of your and your neighbor’s homes that are visible from the street. And for that regulation you gain protection of your whole neighborhood. You gain the promise that your history in your home will be preserved so that in the future your children or grandchildren will be able to see the home where you lived and not a new home that replaced it.

The historic district recognizes the care that Oakhurst’s long time residents have taken with their homes and formalizes preservation so that current and future residents will take similar steps to preserve Oakhurst’s charm and character and unique housing styles.
The Historic District WILL:
Protect historic homes (built 1939 or earlier) from demolition.

Preserve homes so that our children and grandchildren will be able to see the homes and the Oakhurst we all love.

Require new construction to be in keeping with the look of the existing homes in Oakhurst.
The Historic District WILL NOT:

Prevent demolition of more modern, non-historic, homes.

Regulate anything more than the part of your home that is visible from the street.

Regulate the interior of your home.

Prevent ordinary maintenance and repair of your home.

Regulate non-material changes to your home (for instance adding, removing, or replacing a screen door.)

Prevent re-modeling a home or adding on to a home. The historic district requires material changes to meet design guidelines, but it does not “freeze” homes in time such that they cannot be remodeled or expanded.

Prevent wheelchair ramps or other changes to make a home handicap accessible.

Put you in jail for any historic district repair or renovation issue. (No one in Decatur has ever been jailed for any historic district issue.)
With a Historic District YOU GAIN:

Security in knowing that your neighborhood will continue to look and grow in keeping with its character

Protection from a future buyer destroying your neighbor’s house.

Public recognition of our neighborhood for its architectural