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City of Atlanta Proposes Overhaul of Tree Protection Ordinance

Nov 18 2014

As I indicated in my most recent NPU-N report, legislation has been proposed to rewrite the City of Atlanta's Tree Protection Ordinance (TPO).  

Please find attached a fact sheet regarding this proposal, a table highlighting the proposed changes in the ordinance, and a draft of the proposed legislation (14-O-1474).  

This matter is scheduled to be on the agenda of the November NPU-N meeting (that will be held Monday, Nov 24th, at 7 pm at the L5P Center for Art and Community at 1083 Austin Avenue.)  

The public can also provide feedback by attending a special hearing on the TPO that will be held Tuesday, Dec 9th at 12:30 pm (coinciding with the regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council's Community Development and Human Resources Committee in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue.)

I welcome your input on these and related issues.  Please contact me at

Amy Stout

Atlanta Has a New Customer Service

Nov 6 2014

City of Atlanta 3-1-1 Center LaunchedATL 311
The City of Atlanta recently launched ATL311, the city's first non-emergency customer service center. Accessible via phone, online and through all mobile platforms, ATL311 provides the public with quick, easy access to government services and information. The City of Atlanta is one of the first major cities to implement a cloud-based 3-1-1 customer relationship management (CRM) system that can be scaled and shared with other cities. 

ATL311 is a free service available to the general public. Citizens can call or go online to submit and track service requests, keep up with information regarding city services, and provide feedback to improve the website portal. The customer service center operating hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Many of the more frequently requested city services (reporting a pothole, missed garbage or recycling collection, etc.) can be submitted online. Just look for the Create Request button in each online solution.

To access ATL311:

·                         dial 311 from your home phone

·                         dial 404-546-0311 from your cell phone (the City continues to work with the major cell phone carriers such that dialing 311 may also work, but until such time, please dial all 10 digits)

·                         visit the ATL311 website at

Development of the ATL311 was initiated by the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team and funded by a $3.3M grant awarded to the City of Atlanta by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Atlanta was one of five cities to receive an Innovation Delivery Team grant.

More information about ATL311 can be found in the Press Release of by visiting the ATL311 website.

All emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

Atlanta Alarm Reduction Program

Nov 6 2014

Atlanta False Alarm Reduction Program1h ago

Officer K Moody from Atlanta Police Department

Let me address a few issues up front. First and foremost, Atlanta Police officers were spending a lot of time responding to alarm calls in the city, the vast majority of which turned out to be false. Our research has shown that these alarms are often triggered due to user error. In short, that means many of these false alarms can be reduced through increased awareness and education on the issue.

Ultimately, our goal is to reduce the amount of time officers spend responding to alarm calls, so they can focus on more critical matters such as proactive neighborhood patrols and timely responses to 9-1-1 calls. Hopefully, that’s a goal we can all agree on.

Last year, the Atlanta City Council approved legislation requiring any resident or business owner in the city to register their alarm system. Many municipalities, including some here in metro Atlanta, have been successful in reducing the number of false alarm calls by implementing a registration program similar to ours. The data shows that false alarms significantly drop when owners are more educated, and aware of, the potential for alarm errors.

We are encouraging all citizens to register for free to avoid any fees. Failure to register will result in a $150 civil penalty. The Crywolf website is affiliated with the City of Atlanta and we have shared your concerns about the website’s security with the company. They have assured us the site is secure, and that no personal/sensitive data is accessible to the public. The Department is also boosting awareness about the program and will be posting various updates about the program to keep you informed.

We have embarked on several campaigns to inform city residents and business owners on the program, and continue to do so. I’m sorry to hear we have not been successful in reaching everyone. We are doing our best!

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

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My name is Officer Kevin Moody, the point-of-contact for the Atlanta Police Department on the alarm registration ordinance.

Movie Filming in Candler Park

Oct 17 2014

So, if you haven't heard yet, there will be a movie filming in Candler Park next week. "The 5th Wave," starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schrieber, will be filming next week in Candler Park playground. Setup is scheduled for Oct. 20-21, filming on Oct. 22, and cleanup on the 23rd (dates are subject to change).

As thanks for our hospitality and for putting up with the playground being closed for that brief period, Sony Pictures/Garden Films Production has offered generous gift to support CPNO's efforts to improve the park.

Many of the residents surrounding the park received the letter below from Garden Films. Here it is again for your reading pleasure!

Link to the letter

Meeting Reminder for October 29, 2014 MARTA Edgewood/Candler Park Transit Oriented Development Project

Oct 14 2014

The last in the scheduled series of four community meetings with MARTA, Invest Atlanta, and Columbia Ventures will take place on October 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The location for the meeting is the library at Whitefoord Elementary School at 35 Whitefoord Ave., Atlanta, GA 30317.  This is 100% open to everyone and is an opportunity to ask questions about the MARTA development project. There will be an important presentation by Heather Alhadeff, traffic consultant for the TOD project, who is analyzing data collected from the neighborhood survey and hopes to have her findings and conclusions ready for the October 29 meeting.

ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile coming to Candler Park, Oct 26, Sun, 1-4 pm

Oct 7 2014

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation joins forces with The Coca-Cola Company to launch its first ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile.

The Play Mobile, also known as a recreation center on wheels, will travel throughout Atlanta to access neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth.
The Play Mobile creates a safe, interactive and fresh air atmosphere that encourages children to go outside and play. For three hours, ATL Parks and Recreation leaders guide free activities and games for children, including non-traditional sports, games, fitness demos, arts & crafts, oversized board games and much more.
Make sure that you come check out the first ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile on tour at the closest park to you. Bring the kids and let them enjoy some cool, outdoor fun!

October Zoning Committee Meeting Rescheduled to October 8, 2014

Sep 26 2014

The October Zoning Committee will be rescheduled from the first Wednesday of October to October 8, 2014.  This change of scheduling will allow neighbors to attend the October 1, 2014 Transit Oriented Development meeting with MARTA and Columbia Ventures representatives.

The Zoning Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. at 1561 Mclendon Ave, Atlanta Georgia 30307 on October 8, 2014.

An agenda for the October meeting will be posted on October 1, 2014. 


MARTA Survey for Candler Park/Edgewood Station Transit Oriented Development

Sep 16 2014

Heather Alhadeff of Perkins & Will, acting as a traffic consultant for the TOD development project, developed a survey for Candler Park and Edgewood neighbors to complete prior to September 26, 2014.  The purpose of the survey is to identify issues, objectives, and preferences for the redevelopment project. Please take a few minutes and take the survey by follwing this link:

Edgewood/CP Marta Project - Rezoning Work Session

Aug 19 2014

At the August CPNO membership meeting, officials from Marta presented to the neighborhood an overview of the mixed residential commercial project planned for the south side of the Edgewood/CP Marta station. Notes from the presentation will be covered in the August membership meeting minutes, but we wanted to make our members aware of a Rezoning Work Session with Marta officials and the developer, Columbia Ventures. The session will be held at

                      Columbia Townhomes @ Edgewood
                      37 Hutchinson Street #41
                      Atlanta, GA., 30307
                      Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:00 PM

This is the opportunity share your ideas and concerns with the Marta officials and the developers.

Neighborhood Watch Organizing Meeting

Aug 8 2014
Greetings fellow CP residents. Next Wednesday 8/13 7:00 PM there will be a Neighborhood Watch organizing meeting in Candler Park at the covered pavillion. Inspector Crystal Hines of Zone 6 APD will attend to share some of her insights on how we can effectively "reboot" our neighborhood watch so that we can assist APD, be ready for emergencies, and look out for our CP neighbors both young and old. We are looking for folks who want to take leadership roles in the form of block captains, communications, events coordinators etc. Pizza and Drinks (and bug spray) will be served so please come down and be a part of the newest team in CP! If you plan to come please email me at