NPU-N Report from November Meeting

Dec 4 2012

By Amy Stout

I attended the November monthly meeting of NPU-N as the CPNO representative on Thursday, November 29th.

At this meeting, we received an update from a member of the City of Atlanta’s Alcohol Technical Advisory Group II.  This committee is reviewing all existing regulations regarding alcohol sales in the City (and the enforcement thereof).  You can learn more about their work and view videos from previous meetings online at http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/ATAG.htm.  Neighbors are strongly encouraged to become involved in the public input process if you have any concerns in this regard.  The ATAG II Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 pm in Committee Room 2 and on the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 pm in the City Council Chambers, both of which are located on the second floor of City Hall at 55 Trinity Avenue SW.

We learned that repairs to a deteriorating section of sidewalk adjacent to Candler Park (on the north side of McLendon Avenue, near the park entrance) should be initiated within the next month.   Repairs to broken lights are also underway within Freedom Park.  The City is also installing protective bases onto lampposts within Freedom Park in hopes of preventing theft of the copper wiring within.

There was a brief discussion about the large sculpture that was recently installed in Freedom Park at the corner of Oakdale Road and North Avenue.  I asked the representative from the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs to please relay to his superiors that there had been some discontent expressed by Candler Park residents that the neighborhood was not adequately informed or consulted about this installation.  We reviewed the minutes from the September 27, 2012 NPU-N meeting at which a Parks Department official came to inform us about the installation planned for early October.  It was noted by the Poncey Highland board representative that their neighborhood did indeed have advance notice about this project, as their representative to the Freedom Park Conservancy had informed them.  I noted that I thought CPNO had recently had a period without a representative to the Freedom Park Conservancy, so that may explain some of the lack of communication.  In any event, I suggested that it might be helpful in the future for the NPU-N board to not vote to approve such proposals until the constituent neighborhood group affected had sufficient opportunity to consider such measures at the local level.

                We were informed about the Mayor’s “Love Your Block” mini-grant program for 2013.  Community groups can request up to $1,000 for assistance with local improvement projects.  The deadline for the first round of applications is January 8, and a second round of funding is planned for April.  For more information, contact volunteer@atlantaga.gov.

In addition, the IAMATLANTA.ORG initiative that is behind the “Love Your Block” mini-grant program is also in search of volunteers to help tutor City of Atlanta first-, second-, and third-graders in reading.  Again, contact volunteer@atlanta.gov to offer your assistance.

The NPU-N board voted to support a variance application for 1521 McLendon Avenue, consistent with prior approval by CPNO.  The NPU-N board also voted to support the application for an outdoor festival permit for the Paideia Field Day to be held in Candler Park on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

We learned that consideration of the zoning overlay legislation for the Frazer Center that is moving through the Dekalb County system was recently deferred.  The County wanted additional time to evaluate the proposal before voting.

                My suggestion that we use the 2013 funding from the City to NPU-N ($3,700) to work with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to install bike racks within the community was well-received.  We will seek to find locations on private properties to avoid the added hassle and cost of permitting that would be required for installing racks on the public right of way.  Please contact me at akstout2002@yahoo.com if your organization or business is interested in receiving a bike rack, or if you have good suggestions for sites to place new bike racks within the NPU.

The board briefly discussed the news that the SweetWater 420 Festival is planning to expand the footprint of the festival for 2013.  I expressed my hope that the NPU-N board would support the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization’s response to this request when the application comes before the NPU.

Inman Over-Crowding Task Force recommendation released

Nov 28 2012

A recent Inman Middle School email blast included the blurb below with a link to the task force's final report.

The Inman Capacity Task Force has completed. We would like to thank all of the members of the Task Force for committing their time, energy, focus and integrity to provide a recommendation for Inman’s capacity issue and the loyal members of the gallery and all of those that provided feedback and assistance to the task force.

Please click here for the Task Force's final report and supporting documentation.

The recommendation notes that there was "a strong consensus recommending a 6th grade academy" (vs. an 8th grade academy) and also "a strong consensus to recommend building at or near Inman."

It goes on to say that after researching locations, "There is a strong sentiment from the vast majority of task force members that the location stay as close to Inman as possible for a variety of instructional and logistical reasons.  There was nearly unanimous support for placement of the academy on the grounds of Inman Middle or on property along the Beltline near 10th and Monroe.  There were also advocates for the use of Howard."

The next step is for Superintendent Davis to make a recommendation that will then be voted on by the school board. As of early summer, our school board member, Cecily Harsch Kinnane, indicated that we could expect a decision no later than December. We are trying to confirm whether the decision will still happen by next month.

Many thanks to Jeff Shaw and Lori Van Rossem for serving as Lin's task force reps. They gave a ton of time and energy to this process, which involved lots of meetings over many months, and many differing viewpoints from people around the cluster. Please take a moment to thank them when you see them.

 

Zoning Committee meeting

Agenda:

1. Applicant seeks a variance from the zoning regulations to reduce required half depth front yard from required (17.5) feet to 15 feet.

Date: 
Wed, 12/05/2012 - 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Epworth at Candler Park, 1561 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307

Grady High School Day at Barnes & Noble in Edgewood

From Lisa Taft, Media Specialist, Grady High School:

On Sunday, December 9th, Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Edgewood Shopping Center will host a book fair to benefit the Grady High School Media Center.  Barnes & Noble will donate 10% of all in-store sales from 10am until 9 pm. The offer will also extend to online sales from December 9th through the 13th.  (In-store customers should mention Grady at the register and online customers should use the voucher code 10879203). This a great opportunity to buy that book or CD on your list and help us raise funds to improve the library collection at Grady! For more information, contact Ms. Taft at 404-802-3034 or   taftl@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
*Sales do not include gift cards, eReaders, digital content, or food items from the in-store Starbucks.
 

Date: 
Sun, 12/09/2012 - 10:00am
Location: 
Barnes & Noble in Edgewood Shopping Center -- 1217 Caroline St. at Moreland Ave. 30307

Carols and Piano at Epworth

All Candler Park neighbors, friends, & family are invited to an hour of "Carols & Piano" at 7 pm, Thursday, Dec. 20, at Epworth United Methodist Church (McLendon Ave. across from the Candler Park gates).  The free program will be held in the sanctuary with a guest pianist.  It's entirely carols (not a worship service).  For questions, call Pat Singer, 404-653-7354, or email office@epworthatcandlerpark.org.

Date: 
Thu, 12/20/2012 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Epworth Church - 1561 McLendon Avenue

Inman Frosty 5K Benefiting Inman Middle School

Come out and walk/run this year's Inman Frosty 5K on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 am. The race starts at Inman Middle School, travels along the BeltLine, and finishes back at school. It's a nice level course for the most part and benefits our kids/teachers in middle school.

K-12 kids can sign up for just $10! Password for kids is "eagles" on Active registration page. Just want to help? Gladly accepting volunteer love as well. All details at www.InmanFrosty5K.com.

REGISTER FOR THE RACE HERE!

Share with your friends!
*Christmas tree lot at Inman will be selling trees as well.

Date: 
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 10:00am
Location: 
Inman Middle School - 774 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306

Additional agenda item November 19 meeting

Nov 15 2012

The following item will be added to the agenda for a vote from the membership: The neighbor on 1521 McLendon has applied for a variance from the zoning regulations to reduce the west-side yard setback from 7tf required to 3ft to allow a detached accessory structure (carport).

CPNO Annual Meeting November 19 at 6:30 pm

Nov 14 2012

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization annual meeting is Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm. We'll start with socializing (wine, beer, and snacks) at 6:30 pm and move on to general business at 7 pm.

Reminder, we have free child care available!

Thank you to The Wrecking Bar for refreshments this month. Please say thanks to owners Bob and Kristine Sandage who live nearby in Inman Park.

On The Agenda

  • 2013 CPNO board elections. See the proposed slate here. To vote, you need to have registered as a CPNO member as of November 1.
  • Vote on grant request from the Grady High School Robotics Club
  • Introduction of Candler Park Movie Night 2013
  • Post-event report from Fall Fest chairs

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course

When: Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm

Master Planning Committee's responses to questions from firms

Nov 14 2012

From Jimmy Bligh:

Per the Request for Proposal which was sent out on behalf of the CPNO, it was noted that the Master Planning Committee's responses to any questions the firms had would be posted to Candler Park website. Below are the questions we received as of our deadline for questions (11/9) and the subsequent responses from our committee.

Questions and Responses:

Does the neighborhood have the funding to support such a broad planning study? If not, could CPNO provide more definitive goals that are desired? For example, would the ultimate goals be to define a traffic/streetscape plan and a master plan as it pertains to the City of Atlanta CDP?

Response:
The planning committee has been encouraged by inquiries for funding which have been made to date with the Atlanta City Council and the neighborhood organization, itself.  Once the proposals are received and the scope and fees are determined, the planning committee is confident that funding will be available.

The goals are stated in the rfp

How much community involvement is desired?

Response:
Community involvement is essential and critical to both the process and the success of the master planning effort.  It is anticipated that meetings will take place with the planning committee, design charettes and final presentation.  The specific number of these meetings is to be determined by the consultant in their response.

What existing surveys or planning studies for the neighborhood exist?

Response:
The Dekalb Corridor Study, the Little Five Points Study are available for reference. They were conducted by neighborhood activists, back in the 1980s.  The Moreland Corridor Study, would also need to be referenced, along with the Edgewood Neighborhood Master Plan, as directly adjacent study areas.  This list may not be all inclusive.

Are there any immediate planning needs by the neighborhood that might prioritize the overall master plan to be done in phases?

Response:
The master plan is not intended to respond to any specific needs at this time, but rather to develop a comprehensive and broad based approach to a myriad issues of concern amongst neighborhood residents.

For the various components listed for the Scope of Work such as the analysis of existing conditions, infrastructure, UDC and green space recommendations, how detailed of a report does the neighborhood desire? Are these general, cursory reviews or more detailed focused studies with recommendations?

Response:
Given the broad based nature of the master plan, it is anticipated that the reviews will be more of a cursory nature and if further study is desired and / or recommended, additional work will likely follow at a later time.

What is the study area? Is it the neighborhood boundary as listed in the RFP?

Response:
The neighborhood boundary are in effect the study area

The RFP limits the proposal to 10 pages. Is this front and back totaling 20 pages? Additionally, does this 10 page requirement include all items a through h of section 1.6?

Single sided pages - a total of ten pages. Yes
 

November Messenger

Nov 14 2012

It's here!