J. McQuiston reports that Emory students have been testing for mosquito breeding sites around Clairmont Heights. They are looking at Aedes in the Atlanta area and dengue/ chikungunya risks. Tests, at least at his house, were negative!
WABE: MARTA is ready to expand rail operation and envisions an $8 billion development push for proposed routes and services. The plan must be approved by the state legislature before the expansion goes into effect. [READ MORE]
Commissioner Rader: BOC Agenda Summary from 7/14/2015 & Other News
A non-partisan group called the NewPowerPAC is encouraging women to be more involved in community change. It is offering a low-cost day-long workshop on Saturday July 25 in Decatur with four foci: Advocacy, Appointed Positions, Political Campaign work, and Positioning to Run for Office. see attached flyer--
AJC: For 50 years or more, even before I-285 was finished, metro Atlanta’s orientation has been circular. There is Inside-the-Perimeter, Outside-the-Perimeter, and the rest of Georgia. That landscape may be about to change. Drastically. [READ MORE]
AJC: Georgia lawmakers are getting ready to review how the Legislature should go about approving new cities, annexations and deannexationss. Leaders of both the state Senate and House have appointed legislators to serve on study committees that will meet in the coming months and issue findings by Dec. 1. [READ MORE]
Decaturish: A group that describes itself as a “grassroots” organization has formally launched its campaign to incorporate a city of LaVista Hills in DeKalb County.
The DeKalb History Center is having another lunch and learn event on July 21: The Where, When and How of Doing Our Own Oral Histories
Sen. Elena Parent:
Summer Update: Cityhood Study Committee, Upcoming Elections, & more
CHCA plays an important role in providing a formal way for our neighborhood's residents to influence how major property development occurs. Our county commissioners expect developers to reach out to groups like CHCA and respond to our concerns before they will consider things like zoning variances, for example. CHCA board members worked with others over the course of many months to hammer out the agreement described below. The CHCA board eagerly seeks your input, concerns, and expertise related to how development takes place around the edges of Clairmont Heights. Let us know if you're available to represent our neighborhood in this way.
From Planning & Zoning Board Member Jim Smith:
Late last month, the Dekalb Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning and land use changes requested by the Fuqua Company to allow Phase II of their project at the intersection of Medlock/N. Decatur/Scott Blvd. Phase I involved the property of Scott Boulevard Baptist Church and the single family homes on Barton Way, immediately behind the church. Phase II involved the single family homes on Blackmon Drive, the next street to the southeast of the intersection. There have been many articles written in Decaturist, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on both the CHCA and MANA websites, regarding the details of the project, but here are a few key numbers for Phase II: 450 apartments (with a certain percent set aside with rents that qualify as “workforce housing” per the Urban Land Institute); buildings designated retail/dining, including an organic grocery store; potential office space; and either one restaurant with a drive-thru and one bank with a drive-thru or two restaurants or two banks, final layout unknown.
AJC: After months delay, demolition’s begun on the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, future site for Fuqua Development’s mixed-use project. Razing the church and the nine homes behind it on Barton Way should take about 60 days according to Fuqua Principal Jeff Fuqua. Also, DeKalb County’s board of commissioners approved Phase two on Tuesday, which Fuqua calls the project’s “last major hurdle.” [READ MORE]
DecaturMetro: Brown and White Dog Still Missing, Despite Being Seen All Over Decatur Area [READ MORE]
DeKalb Announces 2015 Independence Day Sanitation Collection Schedule for Residential Customers
Holiday collection marks end of county’s twice-a-week garbage collection service
(looks like our day is Monday)
Decaturish: An outbreak of a newer strain of dog flu in the Decatur area is causing owners of local pet businesses to take extra precautions. [READ MORE]
Commissioner Nancy Jester has announced a Town Hall meeting next week entitled "How To Appeal Your DeKalb County Property Value Assessment."
Commissioner Jeff Rader:
Druid Hills Civic Association: During the 2015 session of the Georgia Legislature, the organization Together In Atlanta led an annexation effort to secure a bill allowing parts of DeKalb County to hold a referendum on annexation to the City of Atlanta. The directors met on May 8, 2015 and subsequently issued the statement below.* [READ MORE]
DecaturMetro: For many years, Decatur had a sort of gentleman’s agreement with its residents regarding Saturday street parking.
If you had been around long enough, you discovered that the PALS – who write the city’s parking tickets – didn’t work on Saturdays, so while all official Decatur documentation about metered parking said that you needed to pump coins (and more recently credit cards) into the meters on Saturday, those “in the know” could save some cash on Saturdays. [READ MORE]
MANA: Fuqua Development presented its plans for Phase II of the Decatur Crossings development at the May 26, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting (meeting notes can be found here). Fuqua had submitted four requests:
OneDekalb: "ICEO Lee May presented his 2015 mid-year budget recommendations to the Board of Commissioner on Tuesday. The recommendations include a tax decrease, which is the first adjustment downward since 2004."