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MANA: crime report

Attached is a recent MANA Neighborhood Watch E-letter for FEB 2017 regarding string of break-ins. Included are pictures & tips. There were 7 break-ins in Medlock last week.  Please pass this E-letter to neighbors who may not receive our notifications.

DeKalb Ethics Reform: vote on November 3!

MANA: On November 3, DeKalb voters will have the opportunity to vastly strengthen the code of ethics that governs county operations. And you would never guess it by the rather bland wording on the ballot.

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Fuqua Development - Phase II

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.

MANA: annexation meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver

MANA:  Brief notes-- Meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver; Representatives of the MANA Working Group on Annexation met with Rep. Rahn Mayo on February 9 at his request.

We again discussed our concerns about Areas A and B in the proposed Decatur annexation. Specifically, we discussed concerns that should parts of our neighborhood and nearby commercial cease to be in the same jurisdiction, residents who will be directly impacted by Decatur's development plans will have no say on how those areas are developed.  

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"Community meeting notes: Atlanta, unincorporation"

MANA:

MANA organized a community meeting to continue informing the community on cityhood and annexation issues in our area. Over 175 people attended. Our thanks to the International Community School for lending their facilities.

The MANA Working Group has launched an online survey and is going door-to-door to encourage residents to voice their preferences--at the time, it appears that our options are to remain unincorporated or petition to be annexed to the City of Atlanta. Volunteers were available to administer the survey, which is also available online. The volunteers also collected signatures opposing City of Decatur's commercial annexation that, as Zoning Chair Theresa Same noted, attempts to capture 8 of 11 entrances into our neighborhood.[READ MORE]

 

MANA: Community meeting and survey: Atlanta option Thu 1/22

MANA: Community meeting and survey: Atlanta option
COMMUNITY MEETING Thu Jan 22

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader and Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan will speak at a special MANA meeting on Thu, Jan 22, at 7pm at the International Community School. They will discuss what is involved if Medlock decides to stay in unincorporated DeKalb County or considers the option to join the proposed Atlanta annexation map.

There will also be discussion of a brief new survey MANA is conducting to gauge neighborhood interest in this option. [READ MORE]

MANA: "Petition to oppose City of Decatur's unreasonable annexation plan"

MANA: If you live in DeKalb County and want to voice your opposition to Decatur's commercial annexation, please sign this petition

One question that comes up often is whether renters should sign this petition or be at all involved in the annexation debate. The answer is a resounding YES. If new cities or annexations are approved, changes will come soon and impact everyone living in DeKalb County. Should any cityhood or annexation issue come to a popular vote, all registered voters will be eligible to cast ballots.   [READ MORE]

MANA: "Decatur City Commission unanimously votes in favor of its unreasonable annexation plan"

MANA: "Decatur City Commission unanimously votes in favor of its unreasonable annexation plan" 

Decatur's City Commission discussed its annexation plan during a working session at 6:30pm today and voted to support its Annexation Master Plan that includes large swaths of commercial property along North Decatur Road. [READ MORE]

 

"Further confirmation: Decatur will not annex the Medlock Park neighborhood"

MANA:

SUMMARY: MANA Board members (again) met with City of Decatur officials and contacted the City of Decatur Schools Superintendent to discuss the possibility of the Medlock Park neighborhood being annexed to City of Decatur. Each party deferred to the others’ authority but as is clear in the information below, (1) annexation is the purview of the City Commission and they oppose the idea of annexing the Medlock Park neighborhood and (2) the school system is also against annexing the Medlock Park neighborhood. [READ MORE]

MANA post-annexation-survey update 11/24/14

From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]

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