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.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Goals of LHD per Akron, OH Historic District

Historic preservation is a continuum of choices affecting the landscape and buildings. This continuum includes maintenance of features that are historicially, architecturally, and culturally significant. Contemporary use can be achieved while retaining distinctive features.When we develop land and build structures, preservation adds economic value. Preservation requires the establishment and adherence to a set of standards. The cost of adhering to a set of standards is reasonable considering that good design elements add economic value to the larger community.Minimum standards established by the community in conjunction with the City, relating to aesthetics, appropriateness, and architectural compatibility, would be enforced in conditional zoning or zoning overlay of local historic district. In a historic district, changes in structures would be permitted to occur only when such changes are consistent with the preservation goals of the neighborhood that has established an historic district, unless health or safety concerns require an exception.


Jennifer said...

From the Design Supplement to the Decatur Historic Resource Manual.

"Consideration of the Neighborhing Houses"

"An addition to a house affects not only the house to which it was added, but also the surrounding neighborhood. Successful additions within a neighborhood can increase property values, whil a succession of awkward or unattractive ones can depress them. An addition which changes the character of the house in such a way that the house no longer appears to belong to the neighborhood (a two story modern addition on the front of a one-story bungalow, for example) may accomodate an individual homeowner's space requirement while hurting his neighbors.

At a smller, more local scale, an addition can block a neighbor's scenic views, and can restrict the amount of light and air flow reaching a nearby neighbor's house. It is important to be mindful of the impact than an addition can have on neighbors, both near and far, when planning to expand a residence."

Well said.

Anonymous said...

This is well said and I doubt that many would disagree. But it has nothing to do with historic preservation and everything to do with zoning.

Anonymous said...

When historic resources are being demolished and when the houses that are demolished are replaced with structures that detract from the character of the historic houses around it, the historic street, the historic neighborhood and the historic city that it's in it has everything to do with historic preservation.

It may be confusing because with a local historic district, historic preservation is addressed with a zoning overlay.