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Please join us for our Fall Park Clean Up at Underwood Hills Park next Saturday, September 27 from 9 am until noon. We do park clean ups twice per year to help keep our park beautiful and safe, and we rely on our neighbors, as well as a service sorority and fraternity for Georgia Tech, to provide the man power. We have a lot to do this clean up! Now that the sheep ​have eaten a path through our nature preserve, it is our job to ensure that our trees stay safe from invasive plants. We will also be sealing the play structures so that children can play safely for years to come. In addition, we will be planting, pruning, moving mulch, painting, and many more fun things. Come for the whole time or come for as much time as you can. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors and get your hands dirty beautifying one of our neighborhood’s greatest assets. We’ll have coffee, juice, water and donuts and/or bagels to provide sustenance. Kids old enough to work safely are not only welcome but encouraged… start showing them the value of giving back! On behalf of Molly and Jenna, our Park Czars and long time park advocates, I look forward to seeing you there.

QuikTrip has received approval to build a gas station at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and Defoor Ave. Despite BeltLine Overlay requirements intended to encourage neighborhood-friendly development, QuikTrip has received administrative variances to cut corners by limiting pedestrian access, replacing windows with advertisements, and adding more, larger curb cuts for cars than would otherwise be allowed. Underwood Hills and Berkeley Park have filed an appeal with the Board of Zoning Adjustment to prevent this development. The BZA needs to know that this plan is not in the public’s best interest, and that it harms the quality of life in our neighborhood. Get involved by signing the petition:

Will you sign this petition?

The QuikTrip SAP BL-13-001 has multiple Administrative Variances that do not provide greater protection to the public as required by the Beltline Overlay and the City of Atlanta Zoning Ordinance.

The elevations do not meet the required 65% minimum length of fenestration required by the Beltline Overlay. The windows on the QuikTrip elevation use opaque images that do not meeting the Beltline Overlay requirement for windows to have a 50% transmittances. There is no primary entry from Howell Mill as required by the Beltline Overlay The plan does not meeting the Beltline Overlay requirement that does not allow storage within the first 20’ of the building frontage allow the primary street- Howell Mill. There is more than one curb cut from each street, which is not allowed by the Beltline Overlay The width of the curb cuts is over 24’, which is not allow unless permitted by the commissioner of public works. The dumpster is visible from a public right of way, which is not allow by the Beltline Overlay

The site plan approved by the city. Howell Mill road is at the bottom of the image.

The proposed elevation for the development at the corner of Howell Mill Road and Defoor Ave. The “Rear Elevation” faces Howell Mill road, and has no public doors or windows, only opaque display advertisements and an emergency exit.

Also, please consider writing a letter to the following individuals requesting the BZA support the appeal for the approved SAP of QuikTrip case number- V-14-192

Danita M. Brown, Chair- Martha Hall Porter BZA, Vice-Chair- Brandy Crawford, Secretary to the Board- Charletta Wilson Jacks, Director- Felicia Moore- Andre Dickens-

Please plan on attending BZA Meeting on Nov. 6 at 12:00pm in the Council Chambers Room.

Please save the date for Saturday, March 22 from 9AM until noon for our first annual Keep Underwood Hills Beautiful neighborhood wide cleanup honoring our dear friend and neighbor, Danny Moore, whose birthday is March 24. As many of you know, Danny lost his battle with cancer in late 2013. He was an enthusiastic member, supporter, and past President of the UHNA, and we feel that this is an effort of which he would be proud. During this time (or any time that day or weekend), please head out on your street to clean up leaves and debris at the curbs, identify areas that need the City’s attention, clean street signs, and assist neighbors who may need help in their own yards. Each street will have a “street captain” to coordinate efforts, as needed. UHNA will provide bags for leaves and trash.

We’ll have an informal pot luck gathering afterward at noon at the end of Volberg St to celebrate our accomplishments. Bring a dish to share and anything you might want to grill. UHNA will supply water, plates, cups and napkins.

In case of rain, the cleanup will be held Sunday, March 23 from 1PM to 4PM.

The next UHNA General Meeting will be March 10 at 7PM at Red Brick Brewery. We had a great turn out for the last meeting there, and we hope to see even more people there this time. The brewery is providing the space and beer for free. Red Brick Brewery is located at 2323 Defoor Hills Rd.

Agenda Vote for Vacant Positions New Business

From the Office of Councilmember Yolanda Adrean:

Planning will be hosting a Community Meeting and an Open House regarding the proposed re-zoning for Collier Village.  The Community meeting will be held on Monday, January 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian, and the Open House will be held on Friday, January 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howell Mill Shopping Center.  Please see the meeting notice for additional details.

For additional background, here is the link to the Collier Village Blueprint Plan –, which has already been adopted and was the impetus for the re-zoning.  Also attached is the actual re-zoning legislation and corresponding map.

To show our gratitude to those who protect us, the Association, along with 5 other neighborhoods, contributed to $85 to help provide Christmas Eve dinners to Zone 2 police officers who were on duty that night.

To kick off the new year, the next UHNA General Meeting will be Monday, January 13th at 7PM at Red Brick Brewery. The company is providing the meeting space and beer for free. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors, and to catch up on what’s happening in Underwood Hills. The brewery is located at 2323 Defoor Hills Rd.

Agenda Officer Reports Quik Trip Update Ashkouti Property Update Vote for Vacant Positions (Treasurer, Membership, Social, Beautification) Vote on 2014 Budget New Business

To simplify things for everyone, we are changing how we collect membership dues. Instead of payment being due one year from when it was last paid (which varies from person to person), membership dues will be good for the UHNA Fiscal Year (January – December), regardless of when paid.

That means EVERYONE’S dues are due now, if you wish to support your neighborhood financially. Join or renew now.

Note: if you paid in the last three months of 2013, your dues will be good for 2014 too.  Dues are not a requirement of membership.  Please email Kristin Olson with any questions.

At our November meetings, there were four positions left vacant after the elections.  Get to know your neighbors better and feel a sense of pride and community by getting involved with the Neighborhood Association!  Contact Elizabeth Spangler if you are interested in filling one of these positions.  They will be voted upon again at the January meeting.  We welcome volunteers on any of the committees, as well.  In particular, we need someone who can be our point person for Advertising on the UH website and in these eNewsletters.

Treasurer – The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the books and accounts of the Association, filing any necessary tax returns, and disbursing funds in accordance with the direction of the Steering Committee.

Membership – The Membership Chair is responsible for maintaining the membership list, along with the Secretary, and for increasing membership awareness, participation, and dues payment.

Social/Welcome – The Social Chair shall provide for social activities (i.e., Spring Social) for the neighborhood and welcome new residents.  (We have someone who handles the Welcome part of this committee.)

Beautification/Park – The Beautification Chair is responsible for organizing park, neighborhood entrance, and other common area clean ups and beautification, as well as any other initiatives in this regard.

Minutes from this months meeting. Click here to download.