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

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Due to rain predicted for Saturday, the 2015 UHNA Spring Social has been moved to Sunday, April 26 from 4PM-7PM in Underwood Hills Park. Come get to know more of your neighbors in our beautiful park. There will be food and drinks, as well as a bounce house for the kids and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Lots of local businesses and individuals have chipped in to make this a great event. Check out some of the prizes:

Chick-fil-A party pack courtesy of Chick-fil-A Howell Mill Willy’s party pack courtesy of Willy’s Howell Mill Ormsby’s Gift Cards & Swag courtesy of Ormsby’s Flip Burger Gift Card courtesy of Flip Burger Howell Mill Verde Gift Cards courtesy of Verde Taqueria $100 Florist Atlanta Gift Card courtesy of Florist Atlanta 5 Seasons Happy Hour for 10 courtesy of 5 Seasons Westside Underwood Hills Flag Strongbox West Passes courtesy of Strongbox West Two $50 gift certificates for VHS to DVD conversion courtesy of Abracadabra Video CrossFit North Atlanta passes and BodPod assessment courtesy of CrossFit North Atlanta Monogrammed Item courtesy of Keeping You In Stitches 2 Weekday nights in the Rockhouse cottage in Dahlonega courtesty of Tawn Chi Platter of Sandwiches & Sides courtesy of Lunch Box Atlanta

Other Donations Provided By:

Beer provided by Monday Night Brewing Pittypat’s Porch BBQ dinner made possible by a donation from Allen & Natalie Shpigel Beverages provided by Circle K Chattahoochee Avenue

 

LaAmistad is a 501(c)3 providing after school mentoring and tutoring for the students of local schools. They are in need of volunteers.

Since 2001, LaAmistad After School has experienced exponential growth in supporting Latino students throughout the Atlanta/Buckhead area. A program that started with a little over 30 students as a ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, is now supporting over 200 students throughout 6 different after school locations as a 501(c)3 non profit.

LaAmistad supports Latino students and their families by providing a comprehensive support system through tutoring, mentoring, and resources that promotes academic, physical and personal growth.

When our students receive the appropriate support, they have an opportunity to succeed. Get involved now! There are many ways to get involved with LaAmistad and the families it serves. There is no need to be bilingual or have a teaching background.

• Volunteer as a tutor or a mentor at any of our program locations • Plan a school supply drive • Host a Back to School Bash or similar fundraiser • Be a volunteer greeter at any of our sites

Make a donation to LaAmistad! For more information, go to www.laamistadinc.org. You may also e-mail info@laamistadinc.org or call 404-842-5873.

In order to register Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association as a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, changes to the UHNA Bylaws have been proposed.  The changes will be voted upon at the general meeting on March 9, 2015 at 7PM at the Defoor Centre. The redlined version of the proposed by-laws can be downloaded as a PDF.

A hearty hello from your friendly new Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association’s membership coordinator (try saying that five times really fast). My name is Ivy Holliman Way. My family and I have had the privilege to call Claremont Street home for two and a half years.

I write today to ask you to renew your membership with the UHNA. Many of you have already received an email from me, asking you to renew. Thanks to you who have already responded!

What does the UHNA do, you ask? The UHNA is a Georgia non-profit corporation and is our official, public face to the community, developers, and to the city as a whole. We communicate with our Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and participate in our local Neighborhood Planning Unit. We negotiate with developers coming into the area on achieving plans that are considerate and mindful of our neighborhood’s needs. We have many committees and volunteers (and welcome more!) that devote their time to making Underwood Hills a better place.

Many of you might also be active members and contributors on the Nextdoor website. This is the online social media website that works a little like Facebook for neighborhoods. It’s a great way to let folks know about a missing pet, or if you have items for sale, or need a service recommendation. That said, Nextdoor does not serve in an official capacity and cannot represent us in city discussions as UHNA can. It is a powerful statement to go before various city committees and be able to say, “The UHNA is a neighborhood organization, several hundred members STRONG, who live and work in this city.”

The UHNA has recently changed its membership dues to expire at the end of each calendar year, thus all members need to renew each year, starting in January. This makes for much easier bookkeeping than trying to remember whether one signed up in May or September.

If you are reading this, then you already receive our eNewsletter. Good for you! Got a new neighbor? Please forward this eNewsletter to them. And while you’re at it, take those new neighbors an apple pie. Unless you’re a terrible baker, in which case, maybe a new houseplant would be a better idea. Or maybe you’ve got some not-so-new neighbors, but one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more friendly. Introduce yourself! (no need for pie). Tell them about the UHNA! Maybe you can “hang out” with your new neighbor friends at the next UHNA General Meeting.

How do you know if your membership is current or not? Simple. If you have not renewed since January 1st, 2015, you’re due to renew! Please go to www.underwoodhills.org/join to join or renew. From our website, you can join in a few easy ways: via PayPal, or by printing and mailing a paper membership form (and check, if you wish) to our UHNA mailbox (PO Box 19914, Atlanta, GA 30325). Please make sure to update your contact information so I can keep current membership files. Membership dues, currently $15 for individuals and $30 per family, rank as one of the best deals in town. That’s cheaper than a night out at the movie theatre. You must be a member to vote at UHNA general meetings. The dues, while not a requirement to join or renew, do help to cover organization expenses and allow us to host a fantastic Neighborhood Spring Social, perform neighborhood and park cleanups, host other social events, and be an active force within our community.

We are a neighborhood of approximately 700 homes, condos, townhouses, apartments, and businesses. (By the way, the 700 number is a total guesstimate on my part from eyeballing Google maps. I was not nominated for this position for my math savvy). As of January 24th, we have 44 current individual and family UHNA members. That means there are about 206 comrades in our neighborhood with lapsed memberships, and lots of friends and neighbors who I’ve yet to reach.

I look forward to hearing from you and to serving you in the year to come.

Sincerely, Ivy Holliman Way

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

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