Sweetwater 420 recently notified the Neighborhood Planning Unit N (NPU-N) about their plan to return the 420 festival to Candler Park in April 2013. The notification included a set of proposed changes to the event.
The City of Atlanta, specifically the Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE - http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=134), will ultimately decide whether to grant the event permit. Prior to that, CPNO will vote on whether to support the event; that recommendation is passed on to the NPU-N, made up of reps from a group of nearby neighborhoods. The festival organizer is required to present plans at an NPU meeting. The NPU will vote on whether to recommend the permit be approved by the city.
In the meantime, it's up to CPNO to review Sweetwater's proposed plans and determine what we want to advocate for or against as a neighborhood. In addition to our vote, we'll want to provide feedback on various details including festival hours, security, traffic management, sound levels, site plan and any other aspects of the festival that may impact our neighborhood. It is my distinct hope that our feedback will be taken seriously and influence the final submission for the permit.
CPNO members will have the opportunity to provide input regarding this festival at the December 17 and January 21 CPNO meetings, when the event organizer will be present. The permitting process does not require the event organizer to attend our meetings, but the organizer has agreed to engage us directly on this important topic.
At the January membership meeting, we will vote on whether to support the festival. I encourage everyone to attend these meetings to ensure your voice is heard and so that we end up with a result that is positive for Candler Park.
If you have additional questions or are unable to attend the membership meetings and want to provide feedback, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Cardwell, President, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization