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Notes from the December Annexation Update/ CHCA Community Meeting, 12-15-2014

CHCA: Notes from the December Annexation Update - CHCA Community Meeting, 12-15-2014

Residents of Clairmont Heights met on Monday, 12-15-2014, to receive updated information about neighborhood options related to annexation issues and to ask questions of elected officials and school system personnel who attended. Our goal was to provide our neighbors with a snapshot of the current state of affairs before the GA legislative session opens in January, 2015.

The attached presentation [see attachments below] reviewed the current state of affairs, after which we heard from our CHCA liaisons to each of the annexation or city-creation efforts that could potentially include Clairmont Heights: LaVista Hills, Decatur, and Atlanta. We hope to provide a summary of the Q&A session in the very near future.

LaVista Hills: CHCA is NOT on this map, consistent with our survey wishes. LVH also excludes Medlock Park.

Decatur: The mayor and council declined to review any petitions (including the CHCA petition) and plans to move ahead with its map. The Decatur map excludes our residential neighborhood but includes important commercial properties near us ("Area A") that could reasonably impact service access to and from Druid Hills. CHCA continues to monitor this situation.

Atlanta: Almost all parts of the CHCA area are on the map created by Together In Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed has indicated support. The plan requires significant challenges related to the restructuring of our local schools.

The CHCA Board encourages all residents to share their opinions with us and with your local elected officials.

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting; Mon 12/15, 7 p.m.

Event Date and Time: 
12/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting

When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall​, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033

​Agenda:

Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps

Invited guests/speakers

Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options

School possibilities, proposals, and facts

 

Reminder: Notice of CHCA Community Meeting

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting
When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033

Agenda:
Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps
Invited guests/speakers
Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options
School possibilities, proposals, and facts

 

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting; Mon 12/15, 7 p.m.

Event Date and Time: 
12/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting

When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall​, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033

​Agenda:

Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps

Invited guests/speakers

Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options

School possibilities, proposals, and facts

​To stay informed​,​ join the CHCA ​mailing list by ​sending an email to info AT clairmontheights.org

Neighborhoods react to Atlanta annexation proposal

From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

from CHCA Corresponding Secretary Julia Byrne:

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

On Wednesday, November 19th, community members in Clairmont Heights met with members of the Druid Hills Civic Association, members of the organization Together In Atlanta, and Atlanta elected officials to discuss advocacy efforts for the annexation of the entire footprints of Fernbank and Briar Vista elementary schools as well as Emory University into the city of Atlanta. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is closely following this advocacy effort in response to our recent neighborhood survey that indicated strong support for inclusion into an existing city.

MANA response to Decatur Annexation Plan 11/6/14

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: ".... As of right now, Medlock Park and nearby neighborhoods are not known to be in any map other than the unincorporated DeKalb map. Thus, "these people's" heads are not "in the sand" but rather, held high as they call out City of Decatur's unreasonable annexation proposal... just like City of Decatur residents would be justified in calling foul if unincorporated DeKalb or a new city reached inside Decatur's existing borders to cherry-pick commercial property.... "  [Read more.]

Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances

From the CHCA Board: Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances!  Donations requested to purchase plants.  We need your help to ensure our entrances reflect the pride of our neighborhood.  You may have noticed that the Desmond entrance has a frame and no sign; and both entrances (N. Superior and Desmond) could use a little TLC.   CH resident Ainsley Waken of Awaken Landscape Designs has put together a plan. We need donated plants or $$ to purchase plants.  

CHCA seeks website/newsletter editor and website administrator

From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson.  A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp.  They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.  This takes on average about an hour a week.

CHCA Neighborhood Survey Summary

From the CHCA board: CHCA volunteers conducted a survey of our neighborhood during the second half of September, 2014: September 13 - 30. We left information sheets at each home and solicited your opinions by sending volunteers door-to-door, accepting completed surveys via email, and taking responses at our most recent CHCA Community Meeting. A team of 15 volunteers worked to steadily over the two week period, contacting 455 homes and ultimately achieving a response rate of 45%.

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