Friday, December 12, 2014

National Children’s Memorial Day will be observed at Dunwoody High School on Sunday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m.


The 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting in observance of National Children’s Memorial Day will be observed in the Louis Nava Memorial Garden on Sunday, December 14th at 7:00p.m. The garden is located at Dunwoody High School at the base of the stairs that lead from the gym to the track, baseball and practice fields.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Every year, the parents of DHS Alumni Louis Nava and Doug Breffle hold a candle lighting ceremony at DHS as part of this worldwide event in memory of their sons, Louis and Doug.

Louis Nava was the victim of a shooting after being carjacked in 1999 when he was a student at Dunwoody High School and Doug Breffle was killed in a car accident in 2002.

All are welcome to join for an hour of quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. See compassionatefriends.org for more information. Contact Lisa Curtis, lisa.c.curtis@outlook.com, with questions.

Largescale Greorgetown Gateway Plan proposed by City of Dunwoody including Roundabout.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej79hreDEEU

Public Information Open House Materials
December 11, 2014
Corridor - Chamblee Dunwoody Georgetown Gateway
Cotillion Pedestrian Improvements

Intersection - Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Peeler Road
Next Project Phase – Preliminary Design Phase
During the preliminary design phase, the design consultant, URS, will further refine the preferred designed concept(s), identify and avoid problems, and determined ways to mitigate any potential unpreventable impacts.
Recent Project Updates
  • Fall 2014 - The public involvement phase has begun.  Stakeholder meetings with business owners and residents will be held mid-November.  A Public Information Open House has been scheduled for Thursday, December 11th, 2014.
  • Summer 2014 - The consultant is collecting survey data of the built environment, collecting and analyzing traffic data, and identifying key stakeholders in preparation for the upcoming public involvement phase.
  • Spring 2014 - The City hired consultant URS to assist in the concept and roadway improvement design efforts.
Project Documents

CDC Director Tom Frieden visits the Atlanta Press Club to discuss Ebola.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrnPpRGC6b4

On December 10, 2014 CDC Director Tom Frieden visited the Atlanta Press Club to discuss the CDC's efforts to control the epidemic and prevent Ebola from further spreading in the U.S.   I was in attendance and thought this speech was timely, locally relevant and was worth sharing, especially since I know of so many hard working and dedicated employees of the CDC who live here in Dunwoody. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Updated Dunwoody City Council Agenda - Board Apointments, City Manager documents and Paving Plan maps.

Tonight's Dunwoody City Council agenda is huge and there were a few updates and revisions presented to council over the weekend so I thought I would just republish the agenda.  The revisions are as follows:
·         Added resolution appointing members to Board of Zoning Appeals
·         Added resolution appointing members to Community Council
·         Added resolution appointing members to Planning Commission
·         Added final member to resolution appointing Comp. Plan Update Sounding Board (resume included)
·         Additional maps were added to the 5-Year Paving Plan agenda item

Monday, December 8, 2014
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

6 pm Agenda

Update on the CAD-to-CAD Interface Project (L.R. Kimball)

Update from Facility Usage Partner - Dunwoody Nature Center.

7 pm Agenda - this pdf version is not updated

Proclamation Recognizing Dr. Mack Hannah, Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church.

Proclamation Recognizing the Dunwoody High School Girls Cross Country State Champions.

Recognition of Officer Tim Brown for Earning his BA in Business Administration from DeVry University.

Resolution Appointing Members to the Board of Zoning Appeals. (Stacey Harris) new

Resolution Appointing Member to Community Council (Brian Sims). new

Resolution Appointing Member to Convention & Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody.

Resolution Appointing Members to Design Review Advisory Committee.

Resolution Appointing Members to Development Authority.

Resolution Appointing Member to Planning Commission. updated

Resolution Appointing Members to Sustainability Committee.

Approval of Contract Amendment with JAT Consulting Services - 1,300 open record requests?

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Lowe Engineers.

Approval of a Contract Amendment with InterDev.

Approval of Contract Amendment with Gresham Smith Partners for Tilly Mill at North Peachtree Intersection Project.

SECOND READ: Ordinance Granting an Underground Easement Agreement for Atlanta Office Investment (KDC).

SECOND READ: Ordinance Granting an Aerial Easement Agreement for Atlanta Office Investment (KDC).

 Resolution Authorizing the Use of Eminent Domain on Property at 4962 Tilly Mill Road.

Award of Construction Contract for Mount Vernon Road Water and Road Improvements.

SECOND READ: Ordinance Amendment to Chapter 8, Buildings and Building Regulations.

Resolution to Appoint a City Managerupdated

Discussion of 2015 Paving Plan / updated 5 year / 2013 laser truck analysis of streetsMore maps updated

Discussion of Contract for PCIDs Crosswalk Repairs.

Presentation of Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-Off by Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Resolution of Support for the North Extension of MARTA - Westside 400.

Approval of Disposition of Excess Property - old police cars.

Discussion of Appointment of Sounding Board Members for Comprehensive Plan Five Year Update (Thomas O'Brien) updated

Discussion of Methodology for Naming City Parks.

Frontier Baseball at Murphey Candler for kids with ADHD and other mild challenges.


Registration is now open. Go to http://www.murpheycandler.org/ and Click on Frontier League to register!!

Dunwoody Homeowners Association reviews All Saints Church plans, Village and Georgetown townhome proposals.

At the Sunday night DHA meeting three relatively large projects were discussed.  My audio sometimes fades in and out but I thought the videos were worth posting.  For details on the townhome projects, please see the full plans posted here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx-KNlXw5nw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QepoyIZeN1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI68_Mh25iE

Dunwoody City Manager Employment Contract - Eric Linton

Eric Linton
Employment Contract

The contract up for vote was mistakenly not posted by the City to the meeting packet therefore I have requested that it be corrected and I have posted it here for your information.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Details emerge on the 81 Townhomes planned for Dunwoody Village and the 40 Townhomes in Georgetown. Discussion starts Sunday at DHA.



This Sunday the developers of this proposed 81 town home project in Dunwoody Village will share their plans with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and then the first review by a citizen based City committee, the Community Council, will take place at City Hall on Thursday at 7 pm.  This will come to the Dunwoody City Council in probably February for a decision.

RZ 15-021: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, applicant, Lonnie Moss, on behalf of CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, seeks permission to rezone property currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I) District to Multi-dwelling Residential (RM-100) to allow for construction of a 81-unit townhome development. The subject property consists of two parcels: tax parcel 18-366-060-61 located at 1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, and tax parcel 18-366-060-65 located at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

The site is located on the eastern side of Dunwoody Village Parkway, just north of its intersection with Mount Vernon Road. The property consists of two parcels, both currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I). The subject property, consisting of two tax parcels, contain approximately 8.38 acres of land located at 1530 and 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, Georgia 30346.

According to the site plan dated November 24, 2014, the developer proposes to construct 11 multi-unit buildings, containing a total of 81 units, on 8.38 acres of land. By ordinance, the maximum building length may not exceed 250 feet, and the maximum density for RM-100 is 12 dwelling units per acre. The subject property will contain 9.66 units per acre. Parking will consist of 2 spaces in each garage and 2 in each driveway for a total of 324 spaces, plus two overflow parking lots consisting of 27 spaces—a total of 351 total spaces. Staff is concerned that vehicle parking in front of unit garages will extend into the drive aisles and interfere with vehicle movement and emergency vehicles. At a minimum, the design creates a situation where enforcement issues are created.

The townhomes are to have front-facing two-car garages with a minimum private driveway length of 12 feet from back of proposed curb to face of garage doors. The current internal street network will be removed and replaced with a private drive spanning 24 feet from back of curb to back of curb. The typical dimensions of each townhome are 20 feet wide and 50 feet deep with a deck of approximately 7 feet in depth on the front above the private driveway and a height no higher than 35 feet (three-stories) above grade, “measured as the vertical distance from finished grade along the exterior building wall to the…average distance between the eaves and the ridge level for gable, hip, and gambrel roofs” (§ 27-577(2).

The proposed plan calls for four “landscaped courtyard” areas and classifies there to be 55 percent common open space, equivalent to 3.78 acres; the Code requires 20 percent of the lot area to be open space with a maximum of 35 percent lot coverage (§27-58). The applicant will be amending the application to provide the appropriate calculation of impervious surface according to the procedures for determining lot coverage.

Lot coverage in the November 24, 2014 site plan is calculated at 31 percent using the 2.6 acres that consist of “townhomes, driveways, and sidewalks” but does not take into account the 2.0 acres that consist of “private drives.” Taking into account the private drive area increases the total lot coverage to a total of 45 percent. The developer will be applying for a variance from the lot coverage maximum (§27-58) and a variance from the 75-foot stream buffer regulation (§16-98).




This Sunday the developers of this proposed 40 town home project in Georgetown will share their plans with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and then the first review by a citizen based City committee, the Community Council, will take place at City Hall on Thursday at 7 pm.  This will come to the Dunwoody City Council in probably February for a decision.

RZ 15-022: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, applicant, Dennis J. Webb, Jr., on behalf of JH Holdings, Inc., seeks permission to rezone property currently zoned Local Commercial (C-1) District and Office-Institution (O-I) District to Multi-dwelling Residential (RM-100) to allow for construction of a 40-unit, fee simple townhome development. The subject property consists of two parcels: tax parcel 18-345-003-006 located at 1745 Old Spring House Lane, Dunwoody, GA 30338 zoned (OI), and tax parcel 18-345-003-010 located at 4536 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd,
Dunwoody, GA 30338 zoned (C-1).

The site is located on the western side of Chamblee Dunwoody Road, south of Old Spring House Lane and north of Interstate 285. The property lies directly behind the Georgetown Shopping Center, sharing its southern boundary with the rear of the Kroger tenant space.

The property, consisting of two lots, is currently zoned Local Commercial (C-1) and Office Institution (O-I).

According to the site plan dated November 18, 2014, the developer proposes to construct 6 multi-unit buildings, containing 40 units, on 3.339 acres. The current internal street network will be removed and replaced with a private drive spanning 24 feet from back of curb to back of curb.

The maximum building length may not exceed 250 feet. Additionally, the maximum density for RM-100 is 12 dwelling units per acre; the subject property will contain just fewer than 12 dwelling units per acre.

The proposed plan calls for a pocket park on the far eastern portion of the lot and classifies there to be 24 percent of common open space on the lot, or 0.81 acres. The total lot coverage is calculated at 65 percent, where the maximum allowed is 35 percent. The townhomes are proposed to have a driveway with a minimum driveway length of 18 feet from back of proposed curb. The typical dimensions for each townhome are 24 feet wide and 50 feet deep with a deck on the rear and a height no higher than 35 feet (3 stories) above grade. The site plan does, however, identify proposed rear setback and lot coverage reductions, which must both be processed before the Zoning Board of Appeals. The applicant requests a reduction of the required 30 foot building setback from the adjacent Kroger shopping center to 15 feet.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dunwoody agenda for Monday - Cad2cad, Dr. Mack Hannah, @DunwoodyXC, 1300 open record requests, Eminent Domain, Building Code, Paving Plan, Naming Parks and new City Manager

Monday, December 8, 2014
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

6 pm Agenda

Update on the CAD-to-CAD Interface Project (L.R. Kimball) Disappointing

Update from Facility Usage Partner - Dunwoody Nature Center.

7 pm Agenda

Proclamation Recognizing Dr. Mack Hannah, Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church.

Proclamation Recognizing the Dunwoody High School Girls Cross Country State Champions.

Recognition of Officer Tim Brown for Earning his BA in Business Administration from DeVry University.

Resolution Appointing Member to Convention & Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody.

Resolution Appointing Members to Design Review Advisory Committee.

Resolution Appointing Members to Development Authority.

Resolution Appointing Members to Planning Commission.

Resolution Appointing Members to Sustainability Committee.

Approval of Contract Amendment with JAT Consulting Services - 1,300 open record requests?

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Lowe Engineers.

Approval of a Contract Amendment with InterDev.

Approval of Contract Amendment with Gresham Smith Partners for Tilly Mill at North Peachtree Intersection Project.

SECOND READ: Ordinance Granting an Underground Easement Agreement for Atlanta Office Investment (KDC).

SECOND READ: Ordinance Granting an Aerial Easement Agreement for Atlanta Office Investment (KDC).

 Resolution Authorizing the Use of Eminent Domain on Property at 4962 Tilly Mill Road.

Award of Construction Contract for Mount Vernon Road Water and Road Improvements.

SECOND READ: Ordinance Amendment to Chapter 8, Buildings and Building Regulations.

Resolution to Appoint a City Manager. Supporting docs missing from packet; requested resolution, contract and background documents supporting nomination.

Discussion of 2015 Paving Plan / updated 5 year / 2013 laser truck analysis of streets.

Discussion of Contract for PCIDs Crosswalk Repairs.

Presentation of Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-Off by Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Resolution of Support for the North Extension of MARTA - Westside 400.

Approval of Disposition of Excess Property - old police cars.

Discussion of Appointment of Sounding Board Members for Comprehensive Plan Five Year Update

Discussion of Methodology for Naming City Parks. (nothing after people - dead a few years - or only rare hero's honor?)