I think that is great! While I believe in size and use restrictions (ie zoning and code), I don’t like design restrictions, they make areas sterile. GOOOOO individualism!!SGB said:[Georgia Man Paints House in Polka Dots[/URL]
Yet another tale of a property owner revolting over municipal design restrictions.
However, this was in a historic district. While some historic districts do go over the top, they are approved by residents of the community and are generally a good way to maintain community character. In my neighborhood's case, the historic district was enacted as a way to prevent further bulldozing of 100 year old homes by a land hungry hospital that essentially wanted to turn the whole neighborhood into a riverfront parking lot. We do not regulate paint colors, but exterior alterations that are visible from the street are subject to review. My stand is that if you buy property in a designated historic district, then you should expect some level of design controls. And as far as the idiots we see regularly who claim that they didn't know they were in a historic district, the signs stating "Welcome to the Riverside-Avondale Historic District" should be a clue.Huston said:I think that is great! While I believe in size and use restrictions (ie zoning and code), I don’t like design restrictions, they make areas sterile. GOOOOO individualism!!
I couldn’t agree more. Are we talking ‘design’ guidelines or building code? Because they are completely different things to me. I like quality too. I think you are finding arguments that have not been posted. I (and others) have previously stated that not all historic districts are bad and sometimes serve a good purpose.ambmason said:Insisting on quality is not a negative.
Are the individuals and personalization banned from your neighborhood and excluded to 10 mile down the road? Sounds discriminatory to me. What if I don’t want to wear the ribbon, but still want to live ‘in-town’? Or what if I cant afford to restore the iron rod fence after the storm? What do I do then? Can I replace it with a chain link? Or wood fence? If no, what should I do when my dog runs away? What will I tell the children? That daddy does not make enough money to replace the iron rod fence, so we must move to the selection of new tract homes or scrappy will run away?! I guess it is tough titty for the kitty?Many people want and support these regulations and for the rest there is an ever abundant selection of new tract homes with bland construction and detailing just waiting for personalization in the subdivision ten miles down the road.