Below is an application to “convert 15,000 sf of industrial space to fitness” at 2160 Hills Avenue NW.

V-14-297

This video series from the Atlanta BeltLine provides an up close and personal view of the BeltLine, how it is utilized in many people’s everyday lives, and how it positively affects the many citizens of Atlanta.

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.

Elections

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 keithsmithz71@gmail.com

Park No Chair Nominations  Molly Epstein/Jenna Schuh

Traffic Larry Culbertson 20 Yea No nominations No abstentions

larry@thecgroup.net 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

Click below to download the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association’s letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment regarding the appeal of the QuikTrip Special Administrative Permit.

UHNA QT Letter

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.

Sidewalks

Whittier Mill Village Oct 18 Festival

ConnectTheComet.org Pull the Silver Comet to the Beltway.

QuikTrip

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

ConnectAtlanta

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.

Underwood Hills and Berkeley Park will go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on November 6 at noon to appeal the SAP variances QuikTrip has received to build another gas station at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and Defoor Ave. This development violates numerous BeltLine Overlay zoning regulations, and the variances do not provide “equal or greater protection to the public” as required by city ordinance.

We need your help! Write to the BZA, and let them know that the QuikTrip SAP should be reversed. The BZA will make their decision only on whether the variances were properly granted, so please focus your letter to say the following:

  • The approved SAP BL-13-001 for QuikTrip allows for administrative variances that will greatly harm the public instead of protecting the public.
  • 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 approved SAP does not comply with the City of Atlanta Sign Ordinance.

You may use the Word document linked below as a template.

Sample Letter in Support of Appeal V-14-192

Please send your letter to the BZA chairs and BZA secretary, as well as the Office of Planning:

Be sure to attend the BZA hearing at noon on November 6. Wear green to show your support for Underwood Hills. The hearing will be held in Council Chambers Room. The address is:

55 Trinity Ave
Second Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

And finally, if you haven’t signed the petition to appeal the SAP, it isn’t too late. We need as much public support as possible to let the city know that this development is wrong for our neighborhood and wrong for our city.

 

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 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.

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- dmbrown98@aol.com
Martha Hall Porter BZA, Vice-Chair- martha@marthaporterhall.org
Brandy Crawford, Secretary to the Board- bcrawford@atlantaga.gov
Charletta Wilson Jacks, Director- cjacks@atlantaga.gov
Felicia Moore- fmoore@atlantaga.gov
Andre Dickens- adickens@atlantaga.gov

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.