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Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association

September 14, 2015 – 7:00PM

General Meeting Agenda

Call Meeting to Order Officer Reports President – Kristin Olson Vice President – Keri Conley Treasurer – Ryan Sheets Secretary – Beau Grant Steering Committee Reports – consider joining one of our committees! Planning – Ben Hudgins Howell Mill Rezoning Passed ZRB on 9/10.  It will go before the Zoning Committee on 9/16, before City Council on 9/21, and then to the Mayor (max of 9 days on his desk before it becomes law if not signed sooner). QuikTrip Update QuikTrip filed a new SAP, BL-15-04, after several months of discussion with neighbors and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. UHNA issued a letter of support of the new SAP over the previous SAP after a membership vote on March 9 and entered into a private agreement with QT holding them to the design we agreed upon. Planning Staff has reviewed BL-15-04 and asked QT to make three significant changes: remove a curb cut on Chattahoochee, remove two fueling pumps, and add “windows” to the “rear façade” (which is what we would consider to be the front, the façade along Howell Mill).  The Planning Committee has not reviewed the new plans. Jim Martin of Berkeley Park and NPU-D Chair filed an appeal of the BZA decision with the Fulton County Superior Court on July 6th. The City has responded but no hearing date has been set.  NPU-D issued a resolution in July opposing a liquor license for the QT.  QT has not yet filed for a liquor license. NPU Updates – Eva Cary Nason Do you have an interest or professional experience in urban design, planning, real estate, development or related field?  Are you concerned about the development that happens in and around our neighborhood?  Join the Planning Committee! Traffic and Safety – Michael McLaughlin Neighborhood Security Patrol Discussion Communications and Sponsorship – Bart Nason and Eugen Gassman Looking for people with marketing, branding, and web design experience to be part of our communications team! Membership – Ivy Way Membership Drive – renew by paying dues or completing the membership form online at, in person to Ivy Way, or via mail at P.O. Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325.  Membership is on a calendar year basis. Beautification – Craig Lambert Neighborhood entrance clean-up on Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 AM at Woodland Hills and Collier.  Bring your gloves and spend an hour to help beautify one of our monument signs and entries! Park – Molly Epstein & Jenna Schuh Our semi-annual Park Clean Up will be the afternoon of October 11.  Stay tuned to Nextdoor and UHNA eNews for more details. The sheep are baaaa-ck!  Join UHNA and the shepherd, Jenif, at the park Friday from 4:00-6:00 PM for light refreshments and to pet some of the sheep! Elections – Adam Karcz Elections will take place in November.  If you have any questions about running for an officer or steering committee position, ask Adam or any officer or committee chair.  UHNA WANTS YOU! Social – Chris LeCraw Playgroup – Playgroup dues are $20 and can be paid online at or via cash or check made out to UHNA and given to Ryan Sheets. Joint Playgroup/Meet the Sheep event this Friday, September 18 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Other Business Code Enforcement – Shane Murphy Please submit code enforcement violations to Shane via Nextdoor or email to City of Atlanta Cartlanta Recycling Perks Beginning September 1, Public Works is partnering with Recycling Perks to reward residents for their curbside recycling efforts. Recycling Perks works with local businesses to provide discounts to citizens for simply using recycling carts.  Learn more at or Thank you to our sponsors: Fusion CPA, Moncrief Heating & Air, Atlanta Law Group, Corrective Chiropractic, The Defoor Centre, A to Z Pediatric Dentistry, Shelly Valerio Keller Williams Realty, and Lutz Cleaners! Adjourn Meeting

Special Meeting of the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association Minutes – August 17, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:03 PM

Kristin Olson, President, welcomed everyone, purpose of meeting is to take vote on Howell Mill Corridor rezoning

No officer reports

Kristin explained history and purpose of rezoning effort – safer, more walkable, attract more desirable businesses

Kristin introduced Ben Hudgins, Planning Committee Chair, and Karl Smith-Davids, Principal Planner with the City of Atlanta, to talk on Howell Mill Corridor rezoning

Karl – Team walked entire corridor, met with neighborhoods and other stakeholders, drafted legislation for MRC-2-C zoning that is beneficial to businesses, residents, and property owners

Key benefits – restricting specific uses, heights on buildings 35 ft within 60 ft of residential, create further setback requirement along Howell Mill which allows for future road and traffic improvements, limited curb cuts with only egress allowed on Howell Mill if property can be accessed by a side street, easements required for adjacent properties for interparcel connectivity

Ben – Goal is to protect the single family homes, and also make it more neighborhood feel than interstate feel. Restricted to current amount of fast food and auto related businesses. Existing businesses grandfathered in so changes will occur with redevelopment

Q & A –

Billboards only allowed in industrial properties, no new billboards will be allowed with new zoning, current ones are grandfathered until redevelopment of parcel

Why not restrict gas stations to existing two locations rather than two locations in the quadrant? Legally cannot do that

No monetary incentives in rezoning for new development, but encourages development as developers like having more certainty around what can be developed at neighboring properties plus they will not have to go through rezoning unless they want to do something outside of what this allows; thus reducing their risk

Does gas station limitation prohibit electric charging stations from being added to other properties? – Almost certain does not, but will double check and change language if needed.

Rezoning doesn’t apply to renovation/expansion of existing property unless 60% or more of the building is significantly renovated (i.e., addition or reduction of size)

Increased building setbacks allow for flexibility for future traffic needs along Howell Mill (ex: adding lane, bike lane, street parking etc.)

Karl and Kristin explained how this zoning is more stringent than Beltline Overlay District and far fewer items can be administratively varied

Eva Nason, UH NPU-D representative, spoke on how the City made more accommodations to the zoning ordinance after ongoing discussions with the neighborhood than she expected. She was considering abstaining from the vote, but with all the City has done to take into consideration the wants and needs of the neighborhood, she felt compelled to vote in favor.

Motion to vote in favor of the Howell Mill Corridor rezoning legislation (Z-14-024), seconded

31 Yay 0 Nay 1 Abstention

Will be brought up and voted on at next NPU meeting next Tuesday the 25th

Next UHNA meeting will be at Red Brick (location not 100% confirmed as of meeting date but planned) on September 14th at 7PM

APD Officer Tyler Thomas introduced himself as new resident of neighborhood, will be living on Springer St. He will speak at next meeting and will create an email address for neighbors to send questions and concerns and he will act as our liaison between the neighborhood and APD (specifically, Zone 2 and beat 204)

Meeting adjourned at 7:57 PM

Meeting Notes UHNA General Meeting

March 9, 2015, Defoor Centre

Officer Reports:

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11/10/14 Meeting Notes:

Fire Dept. Scott Blackwell

Breakfast with Bravest Nov 22

Marriot Lenox $50 Tickets awards ceremony for fire department valor/FF of the year award

Behind a FireTruck, Trucks must pass cars on the Left Side.

Don’t Fry a Turkey Inside. Don’t over fill. Water makes grease pop up. Do it in a covered area, (rain/snow).

Fire Station remodeled new lockers, new floor, paint in/outside. Invite to come over and see it.  Need a new location, for drive thru, male/female accommodation

Intro Alvin Cox, Sgt..

Police Dept Major Van Hobbs

Zone2 = 40sqr miles

Be a Hard Target. Be aware.

Beat Longevity is much shorter. They don’t know which cars are supposed to be there.

Huff Road Car Jackings Alonto & Elionto Wilson

Safety Checks make it uncomfortable for the crooks

Change in Crime Pattern

Trunk Abductions only in Zone2

2500 Center St

Zone4 goes to Zone 6 EAV rob here in Zone2

Robbery Task Force, CID LT on each zone on the taskforce

400 Felons have committed 7000 Crimes.. most people have committed 10 crimes before being caught.. so 70,000 crimes

PredPol Predictive Policing “minority report” predictive function every 8 hrs 500’x500′ box where you going to have a crime “mission”.

Camera Guru  Lt Browning Tag Readers


Treasurer Ryan – Spring social cost 50% of the budgeted cost. Helped cover reorg legal fees

Quorum, might not have enough..

Reorg is complete. Easier to file taxes.


President  Kristin Olsen 22 Yea No other nominations

VP Keri Conley19 Yea No other nominations  Keri abstains 😉

Secretary 20 Yea No  nominations No abstentions

Treasurer Ryan Sheets 19 Yea No  nominations No abstentions

Planning Heather Hubble 19 Yea No nominations No abstentions

NPU Rep Eva Nason, Ben Hudgens

Communications Bart Nason 20Yea No nominations No abstentions

Social Chirs LeCraw 20 Yea No nominations No abstentions

Membership Ivy Way 20 Yea No nominations No abstentions

Advertising  Eugene Gassman No nominations No abstentions

Beautification No nominations No abstentions Might ask Keith Smith

Park No Chair Nominations  Molly Epstein/Jenna Schuh

Traffic Larry Culbertson 20 Yea No nominations No abstentions 678.637.1899

Elections Adam Karcze 20 Yea No nominations No abstentions

Ashkoute Development

trying to close the loan this week. If close they will break ground afterwards. Solved the sewer issues. 

QuikTrip Letters BZA Letters, Meeting, Petition

ABI Atlanta Beltline Inc.  was deferred until January. SAP Process. SAP approved, with 7 variances granted by City, being appealed by the City. Not in compliance with the Beltline. Planning Meeting at Trinity Church Thursday Night.

Special Administrative Permit

UHNA Meeting 9.8.14

All officers in attendance

NPU D Chair Jim Martin

Councilwoman Felicia Moore

Eva Ashkoute Report:

City will put in a lift station, alleviating need to traverse the rail line.

THen asked Ashkoute to engineer it, they would reimburse. Ashkoute engineered, then City renegged on reimbursing.

Grant: Woodland Hills Traffic Calming- Skullduggery from the City about a false traffic study. Even if it was studied, we missed the minimum speed by 0.78 mph, 34.22 mph vs 35mph

To qualify 15% of traffic must meet or exceed 10mph over the speed limit. The posted speed limit is 25mph.

311 One number to call for everything.


Whittier Mill Village Oct 18 Festival Pull the Silver Comet to the Beltway.


Presented a list of design shortcomings that should disqualify the approval of this project by the BZA. If the BZA approves this, our remaining recourse would be the courts.

Nov 6 Noon BZA meeting

*Andy Hall / Peter Drey could help.. send to Jim Martin.

Request for letter writing campaign.

Need email for the director/exec secretary of BZA

Best Hope: Quality of Life relates to property value. Requirement of ordinance to protect the public, therefore protecting Quality of Life.

WIll Greatly Harm the Public, not Protect the Public

4 driveways versus the 2 allowed in code are a public safety issue


Jerry Spangler spoke to encourage our activism against the QT

Felicia Moore- Proposed Public Infrastructure Bond Program

Where are we with NC Zoning- NC Zoning can not get a meeting with Charletta Jacks

Study is needed. Moore committed discretionary funding, so we have funding. She is not a fan of NC Zoning, wants to do something else, …unspecified what else.

Meeting Minutes for March Underwood Hills Neighborhood Meeting 3/11/14

Held at Red Brick Brewing Company

Meeting called to order at 7:05

Kristin Olson opened the meeting with an update on open UHNA positions and then asked for officer reports

Ryan – Treasurer: Provided dues update year to date

Bart – Communications: Mentioned recently distributed flyer and importance of Nextdoor

Chris – Social: Spring Social is May 3rd, time is TBD but likely mid to late afternoon. We need donations for raffle (gift cards from local businesses?) and soliciting food options/ideas. Will work on a one pager flyer to be able to show local businesses to help with asking for donations

Kristin provided an update on advertising. We have successfully added a few new advertisers who are paying month to month, but are looking for some new advertisers willing to commit to an annual contract. It would be more sponsoring the neighborhood than literal advertising.

Eva provided an update on zoning and specifically the Collier rezoning. Eva and Kristin discussed the quality of life zoning and the impacts. Hopefully this helps some with traffic, there is a height limit on buildings up against Collier and Howell Mill, have to have sidewalks put in etc. but the height limit will be higher further away from main streets.

Beau gave a brief re-introduction to a traffic proposal he proposed 6-7 years ago for the Howell Mill Corridor which can be found online on Nextdoor as well as his google drive. Wants people to look at his proposal and follow up with him with questions.

Eva gave an update on the Ashkouti development, the apartment complex that is being built on Defoor which is currently a wooded area. They now have permission to bore under the railroad for sewage. They need to get a land disturbance permits, which can take up to 90 days. Next they will need a building permit, and he told Eva they hope to break ground this summer.

Eva mentioned a sign behind the new complex being built on Collier (The Reserve) mentioned new townhomes coming starting at $600K. She brought this up to mention a larger point of importance of community sticking together and staying involved when it comes to zoning issues.

Elizabeth Skyrnecki gave a beautification update. In honor of Danny Moore the neighborhood will have a clean-up event on 3/22 from 9AM-12PM. Each street will have a dedicated captain to supply clean-up supplies and help coordinate the clean-up efforts. Danny lost his long battle with cancer last year and was a long time and revered resident of the neighborhood and former UHNA President. Please spread the word to your neighbors about this event, and after the event is over please join your neighbors for a block party at the end of Volberg Street. This will hopefully be the first of an annual event to be celebrated right around Danny’s birthday. We are still looking for street captains for Cambria, Mantissa, Seaboard Place, and possibly a co-captain for Ridgeway at this time. Please contact Elizabeth if you would like to help and be a captain for one of these streets.

The Defoor paving project is set to take place on March 24th according to the company contracted to do the job

Elizabeth also relayed that Jenna Schuh has suggested and is researching having a swinging bench at the park in honor of Danny Moore. Hope to have this funded through Paypal donations, or donations can be made to UHNA noting that it is for the bench. The estimated cost is around $1,000 and the location at the park is TBD.

Elections for open positions:

Motion to approve beautification co-chairs Jamie Hargather and John Hocutt were approved

Beau Grant nominated for secretary and approved

Adam mentioned he has started a running group and now has 8 members on Nextdoor. Hopes to start group runs and maybe one day have a neighborhood 5k

Beau spoke on crime. Said to be smart, pay attention, and report anything suspicious

Kristin said no new update on QT

Meeting adjourned at 8:02

Meeting Minutes for January Underwood Hills Neighborhood Mtng.

Held at the Red Brick Brewing Company.

Meeting called to order at 7:05.

Jim Elgar from the City (Caeser Mitchell’s office) moved to top of agenda to make presentation.

Announced appts.  Andre Dickens appt to Transportation, Utilities, and Community Development.   Felicia Moore to Chair Transportion.

Referendum for Infrastructure bond discussed.

404-330-6052 is Jim’s phone number for any questions about various committees and their functions.

City Council Assignments are posted online on the City’s website.


Treasurer-all ok, no real report

Traffic-resurfacing from Howell Mill to Collier of Defoor should start in Feb.  Speed and traffic count study done along Defoor between Howell Mill and Defoor Center.  Study showed that the number of cars counted was below threshold to do traffic calming/speed control .   Any concerns send Wyatt an email.  Mention of bike lane in front of Reserve being obliterated.

404-330-6333-Public Works number.  Report stop signs, street signs, potholes, etc.

And ask for report number.

QT report from Wyatt-summary of what went before.  Parking variance denied all along, but BZA approved it.  Private suit to appeal was filed, but the city recommendation to the City Attorney was to side with BZA.  Waiting for judge to pass down his ruling.  Can still be appealed again.  Then QT will still have to rework their site plan to conform to the various other requirements-Belt Plan, etc.

Site plan for Ashkouti development presented and discussed.  (revised)

Bottom right corner abutting Davis Circle is big change.  Eliminated storm water pond-drainage to be under railroad right of way.  Consolidated buildings in bottom left from 2 to 1.  Planning Committee still has open questions, esp. rezoning.  Can it be done Administratively or does it need to come back for new rezoning agreement.  Private agreement will need to be reworked.  Planning comm. Generally agrees, although not unanimously.

Bart-Communications.  Still need advertisers-cards available at the front of the room.  Go out and promote us!  Try to get some more advertiser

Summary of Positions:

Kristen -President

Keri Connely-VP

Neal Carnaby-Secretary

Wyatt Gordon-Traffic

Stephanie Ballard-Playgroup

Have 406 members on Next Door.  Brief overview of Next Door presented by Wyatt.

Budget Discussion.

Based on 100 members paid.  With 406 on Next Door, viewed as not a problem.

Some goals-traffic study, e.g.-are outlined but not actually budgeted.

Membership redefined as running on a calendar year rather than one year from when actually remitted.

Wyatt motioned for approval.  Neal seconded.  23 in favor.  Passed

Vote to fill open positions.  Treasurer, Beautification, Social, Membership.       Review of responsibilities for each position.


Treasurer-Ryan Sheets-wealth management background passed

Membership-Eric Oosting –tech background-passed


Social-Chris Leciw (?)  Just bought a place on Springer St. (2 volunteers to help)-passed

Toddler structure at Park still broken/missing a piece.  To be followed up on.  Urged to go to City Website-Parks and Rec. and send email.

General discussion of other neighborhood issues.

No other new business.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:53

















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