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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

In a Local Historic District, the State of Georgia and the City of Decatur require ALL
material changes be reviewed against the specified Local Historic District Ordinances and
Design Guidelines and be issued a Certificate of Exemption or Certificate of
Appropriateness prior to performing work.

A Certificate of Exemption is an administrative review and approval of minor repairs and
installations or other projects described in the Local Historic District Ordinances and
Design Guidelines.

A Certificate of Appropriateness is granted for new construction, demolitions and
renovations projects after review and acceptance by the Historic Preservation Commission
as specified in the Local Historic District Ordinances and Design Guidelines.

Projects Requiring Review include:
New Construction
Demolition or Relocation
Alterations to Existing Properties; such as
• Doorways
• Windows
• Roofs
• Exterior Cladding
• Porches
• Fences and Walls
• Driveways
• Vegetation

See the following for flow charts of major renovation process now, compared to under local historic district. http://www.decaturga.com/client_resources/historic%20preservation/local%20district%20materials/local%20historic%20district%20processes1.pdf