Decaturish: State Sen. Elena Parent says the first meeting of a senate committee studying the state’s processes for annexations and creating new cities will take place on Monday, Aug. 24 at the state Capitol.
The meeting of the Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Senate Study Committee will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 125. Parent is chairwoman of the committee. [READ MORE]
Emory Village Alliance: Proposed Wind Store on hold/ Traffic Study on the way -- Citing safety concerns over backing out of parking spaces onto the sidewalk and into North Decatur Road, the DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals on August 12 deferred action for 30 days on proposed variances requested by a developer who wants to convert a long vacant Chevron Station in Emory Village into a wine store. In the meantime, the county will conduct a traffic study to gauge the safety of these spaces. [READ MORE]
The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is re-visiting its five-year All Hazards Mitigation Plan.
Input from citizens is welcomed, as it ensures an accurate depiction of potential dangers faced by residents countywide and how DeKalb can proactively address these issues.
New School Year Info / Calendar
(these are the ones I could readily find. Please let me know if you'd like anything added via the "contact us" page -- thank you)
Sep 14 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
The Decatur Minute:
Department of Watershed Management
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division
Project Bulletin -- The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Division is scheduled to begin construction on the Superior Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement Phase II project.
The project is slated to begin October 2015, and is expected to last approximately nine months. Initial activities will be comprised of site preparation, and may include the installation of silt fence in the construction area. [READ MORE]
Link to Survey:
Georgia state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, is asking for input on the annexation and cityhood issue.
Rep. Oliver was recently appointed to the House Study Committee on Cityhood, Annexation and De-Annexation.
Commissioner Jeff Rader: Blank Soccer Proposal
On July 28, the administration of Interim CEO Lee May introduced legislation to incent billionaire Arthur Blank to locate the corporate offices and training facilities for his Atlanta United Football (Soccer) Club in central DeKalb County. The legislation is being carried by Commissioners Mereda Davis Johnson and Stan Watson. [READ MORE]
Decaturish: There were numerous reports about low water pressure in Decatur and the surrounding communities on Thursday evening, July 23.
Water pressure came back on for some residents by 1:05 a.m. on July 24.
According to the DeKalb County twitter feed, a vehicle hit a fire hydrant on a 48 inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road. The county said full water pressure was restored by 3:30 a.m., but work on the problem continues. There are no boil water advisories in effect, but the county is conducting testing to see if that will be necessary. [READ MORE]
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]