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There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the appeal of the administrative variances granted in the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for QuikTrip’s proposed development on Howell Mill between Defoor and Chattahoochee. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 7 at noon in City Council Chambers at City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue). If you are interested in this development, it is very important to attend this meeting! More information can be found in the links below.
We have a lot of fun events going on in March!
What: Spring Park Clean Up When: Saturday, March 12 9AM-12PM Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: Help us keep our neighborhood’s green center beautiful! We’ll be mulching, pruning, planting, weeding, and freshening it up for Spring! If you can’t make it but would like to make a financial contribution to our Beautification Fund, please email us.
What: UHNA General Meeting When: Monday, March 14 7-8PM Where: 1824 Defoor Clubhouse (1824 Defoor Ave) Why: We’ll have wine and appetizers and enjoy time to socialize as well as see the new 1824 Defoor Apartments. We’ll also be taking a vote on a Resolution in Support of the QT Appeal. Learn more in our March eNewsletter.
What: Play Group Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March 19 at 4PM SHARP Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: It’s our annual egg hunt! You’ll need one dozen filled eggs per child. Please see our March eNewsletter for details.
Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association January 11, 2016 – 7:00PM General Meeting Minutes
Call Meeting to Order – 7:15 PM
Officer Reports Treasurer – Ryan Sheets Application for 501c4 status is in process Review of and vote on 2016 UHNA Operating Budget Slight deficit – need more Sponsors and payments from committed Sponsors Vote to approve: Motion from floor to approve budget, seconded. Unanimous Voice Vote – Yea
Steering Committee Reports – consider joining one of our committees! Each member’s contact information is available on our website and in each newsletter that goes out via email. VACANT Chairman Positions (please volunteer): Beautification Communications – residents invited to submit articles/content Newsletter
Membership – Ivy Way 2016 Dues are payable now Renew by paying dues or completing the membership form online at www.underwoodhills.org, in person to Ivy Way, or via mail at P.O. Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325.
Traffic and Safety – Michael McLaughlin APD reports Zone 2 crime is down slightly, goal is a 7% reduction this year compared to last year. 152 Responses to Security Patrol initiative with 72 willing to contribute $250/year. Will continue to try to increase support rate. Beau Grant reported that speed humps are approved for Woodland Hills and should be installed in June.
Communications (Kristin) Sign up for Nextdoor at www.nextdoor.com, social media site for neighborhoods. Sign up for eNewsletter at www.underwoodhills.org
No New Business
Adjourn Meeting, 8:30 PM
Join us for the first UHNA meeting of 2016! The agenda will include a vote on our 2016 operating budget and a discussion with our Traffic & Safety Chair and an APD Officer on crime trends, security, and related matters. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be done by 8:00 PM. The TVs will be on so you won’t miss the pre-game festivities of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Thanks to Red Brick Brewing Company for hosting us and providing the beer! Don’t forget to join or renew your membership for 2016.
Who: YOU! What: UHNA Meeting When: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Where: Red Brick Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW Why: Why not!?
Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association November 9, 2015 – 7:00PM General Meeting MinutesCall Meeting to Order – 7:06PM Officer Reports Treasurer – Ryan Sheets – No Report Steering Committee Reports – consider joining one of our committees! Land Use & Planning – Ben Hudgins Howell Mill Rezoning – New zoning is in effect! Thanks to everyone who participated. – Has been officially adopted NPU Updates – Eva Cary Nason – Let everyone knows Moores Mill extension went through with Publix 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! Membership – Ivy Way Membership Drive – renew by paying dues or completing the membership form online at www.underwoodhills.org, in person to Ivy Way, or via mail at P.O. Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325. Membership is on a calendar year basis. Memberships completed now are good for 2016! Park – Molly Epstein & Jenna Schuh Please join us for the follow-up to our October park clean up this Sunday, November 15 from 2-4PM. We need at least six volunteers to make this a success. See you there! New Business QuikTrip Presentation and Vote 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 reviewed the plans and has chosen not to make a recommendation to the neighborhood given the changes stem from discussions with the City. QT representatives present new plan and have a Q&A, motion from the floor to vote to not support the amended plan, thus the agreement would be nullified; seconded. Vote YAY – 25/ NAY – 10/ Abstention – 8. Motion passes. Neighborhood Security Patrol Survey Results and Discussion – Michael McLaughlin Michael went over handout including survey results and answered questions. Next steps are to have street captains to gauge more interest and an additional survey to get commitments from neighbors to participate. Elections Adam Karcz led the elections. Requests for nominations from the floor. All candidates ran unopposed, thus a slate was put forth and unanimously elected. There are two open positions the Steering Committee will be trying to fill. President – Kristin Olson Vice President – Beau Grant Treasurer – Ryan Sheets Secretary – Mark Kirby Beautification – Open Communications – Open Planning – Ben Hudgins Membership – Ivy Way Playgroup – Macayla Peterson Social – Chris Lecraw Safety – Michael McLaughlin Elections – Adam Karcz Code Enforcement – Shane Murphy Please submit code enforcement violations to Shane via Nextdoor or email to email@example.com. Discussion with Charlie Jabaley, Street Execs Studio Charlie stated that after shooting outside studio they have closed their studio to only employees, they are having no more outdoor parties, have hired security, and gave out contact info for anyone that has complaints regarding noise. He stated they have 4 more years on their lease. Charlie said he’s committed to being a good neighbor and will make the necessary changes to do so. Q&A followed. Discussion on Crime and Prevention Measures, APD Captain Shea Steed Captain Steed said they are investigating shooting at studio but no arrests yet. She said the noise ordinance goes into effect at 10PM on weeknights and 11PM on weekends and that special events permits would be needed for any outdoor events held at studio. Neighbor and Councilman Andre Dickens spoke briefly on a few topics, including the current status with potholes in and around the neighborhood and the fact they’ve been reported. Thank you to our sponsors: Fusion CPA, Moncrief Heating & Air, Atlanta Law Group, The Defoor Centre, Collier Chiropractic, Comfort Shield, Florist Atlanta and Lutz Cleaners! Adjourn Meeting – 915PM
Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association
September 14, 2015 – 7:00PM
General Meeting AgendaCall 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 www.underwoodhills.org, 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 www.underwoodhills.org/play-group/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.recyclingperks.com or www.atlantaga.gov/recycling.com. 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