I’m pleased to announce that Randy Pimsler, Joseph Hacker and Eric Dusenbury are the board’s nominees for CPNO’s new Master Plan Coordinating Committee.
Our next step: A confirmation vote on the nominees at CPNO’s General Meeting this Monday.
CPNO members voted last month to establish the three-person Coordinating Committee to help prioritize the Master Plan’s recommendations and to support CPNO members as we implement the recommendations.
The bulk of Master Plan progress still will depend on work on specific projects by lots of volunteers. But the idea is that the Coordinating Committee can help by working out conflicts, leveraging contacts, finding money, and prodding things along.
An ad hoc committee composed of Vice President Lexa King, Environment Officer John Skach and me interviewed candidates who’d volunteered to serve on the committee.
• Randy is the board’s nominee to chair the committee. An architect by profession and a longtime neighborhood activist, he’s served as CPNO president and in several other board capacities, with a particular involvement in zoning and land-use issues.
• Joseph is nominated to serve as vice-chair. He and his family returned to Atlanta a year-and-a-half ago from Philadelphia, where he earned a doctorate in planning and worked as a city and regional planner with an emphasis on transit, bicycle, pedestrian and human services. He’s now an assistant professor of planning and economic development at Georgia State's Andrew Young School. He moved to Candler Park last summer.
• Eric is our nominee for transportation coordinator. Like Randy, he’s a longtime neighborhood activist. He served as CPNO president for several years in the 1990s, and has been involved in several successful neighborhood projects, including the Freedom Park gateway and recent Iverson Park improvements.
At this week’s board meeting, all three nominees expressed their strong desire to engage neighbors in an open process — which I’m sure you’ll hear more about during discussion before the vote on Monday. Meanwhile, please take a moment to check out the Master Plan here. What project do you want to help bring to fruition?
Also on Monday’s General Meeting agenda:
A motion to support one proposed zoning law change for the Little Five Points Neighborhood Commercial District, and a motion not to support another;
A motion to change our bylaws regarding the election process for our NPU-N representative; and
A motion to provide a $1,000 grant for facilities improvement for Clifton Sanctuary Ministries.
We also expect a couple of interesting visitors at Monday’s meeting. DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon plans to join us to discuss her “blueprint” to reform DeKalb County government. And Elena Parent, a Democratic candidate for the state Senate seat representing Candler Park, plans to pitch us (that seat will be open at the end of this year because Candler Parker Jason Carter is giving it up to run for governor).