Do you love your neighborhood? Do you wish that there was more you could do to take an active role in making Underwood Hills an even more amazing place to live?

Well you’re in luck, because the UHNA elections are right around the corner. The following positions are open to all who are interested. While one person is officially elected for each position, we encourage people to get involved in the committees, as many of the steering committee positions are best handled by a few people.  With a little time from some great neighbors, we can continue to ensure Underwood Hills is a great place to live!

Please contact Adam Karcz with questions or to express interest in a position.

Executive Committee

President – Presides over the Association

VP – Fills in for President as needed, handles special projects

Secretary – Keeps official records for the Association

Treasurer – Manages the funds of the Association 

Standing Sub-Committees

Beautification – Schedule neighborhood cleanups of entrances and common areas, coordinate with Park Committee on park cleanups and events Communications – Maintains all communications and sponsorship for the Association including the website, eNewsletter, annual printed news flyer, and sponsorships.  This is best served by a committee consisting of: Sponsorship – Solicit sponsorship, keep record of sponsors, maintain sponsorship rate sheet, follow up on all new sponsor requests, receive and review sponsorship and coordinate with newsletter Webmaster – Update calendar on UHNA website, add news and announcements submitted by board members, work with Treasurer to keep hosting and domain accounts up to date, and post meeting minutes Newsletter – Collect newsletter items from committee members, edit content, publish regular eNewsletters, publish at least one printed newsletter/flyer annually

Land Use and Planning – Leads the Planning Committee, represents the interests of Underwood Hills in zoning and development related issues facing the neighborhood, coordinates code enforcement issues

Membership – Responsible for maintaining the membership list in conjunction with the Treasurer and Secretary, encourage membership in the Association, coordinate an annual membership drive

Play Group – Coordinate Play Group activities such as Friday play dates at the park, Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt; collect Play Group dues and deliver to Treasurer; encourage payment of Play Group dues to fund activities

Social/Welcome – Organize social activities for Underwood Hills residents (such as the annual Spring Social) and welcome new residents to the neighborhood

Traffic and Safety – Coordinate with the City of Atlanta and Underwood Hills residents and businesses to develop and maintain a safe environment in Underwood Hills, including communicating with APD contacts, posting crime reports, organizing neighborhood watch or patrol (if applicable), working with Department of Public Works on traffic related issues

Elections – Identify and/or recruit candidates to run for each elected position, educate residents on the positions available, encourage involvement in the Steering Committee

It’s official! Underwood Hills joins many other Atlanta neighborhoods with employing a private Security Patrol staffed by Atlanta Police Department officers to help ensure our safety and act as a deterrent to crime in our area. The Patrol is officially underway as of the week of August 1 and officers will be actively patrolling our neighborhood. The times and dates of shifts will not be published in advance. The intent is to staff shifts randomly and based upon current and historic crime trends. We don’t want the potential bad guys to know the schedule and work around it. We are starting with three shifts per week and may increase that as time goes on and we can continue to collect more contributions. Yard signs for Patrol members were made available this week and we encourage all to proudly and prominently display their sign. Det. Kevin Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department came to our July UHNA meeting and spoke about the Patrol and how it will work ( We are pleased to finally have the Patrol off the ground and want to encourage you to join if you have not already. Please consult the Security Patrol page ( for details, FAQs, and contribution information.

Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association, Minutes of the General Meeting: July 11, 2016 – 7:00PM

I. Meeting was called to order at 7:10 by Kristin Olson

II. Community Developments a. Pam Lu presented information regarding 21st Century STEM Academy, a new K‐8 private school near Emory U, opening Fall 17. MIssion is to provide a more affordable, high‐level private school alternative. b. Update from Elizabeth Vason Hollister ( ) from the newly formed Westside “CID” (Community Improvement District). Howell Mill Corridor businesses opt in to special CID tax, with expected $400‐500k in funds managed by a Board made up of CID‐member businesses.

III. Officer Reports a. Ryan Sheets, Treasurer, reported that finances are in good shape. With the additional Membership Dues gained at Spring Social, plus sponsorships, and expense control, we are on track to have a small surplus for the year, barring any significant unexpected expenses. Expecting a $4000 contribution from 1824 DeFoor to come later in the year.

IV. Committee Reports ‐ consider joining one of our committees! a. Ben Hudgins, Chairman of Land Use & Planning Committee advised that deferments are no longer allowed for “NPU” (Neighborhood Planning Units) decisions, Yes/No only. b. Ivy Way, Membership Chairman advised that membership is slightly up vs last year, mainly from new members gained at Spring Social. Number of UNHA Members is still a small % of total UH “NextDoor” members. Everyone keep recruiting your neighbors. c. Traffic & Safety report by Michael McLaughlin was focused on the Security Patrol project. We have raised $35k or our $40k goal and hope to have the Patrol started sometime in August. Working on securing the additional insurance coverage needed and yard signs for participants. Detective Kevin Leonpacher (14‐year APD veteran) coordinates several area Patrols and was our special guest. He described the Patrol operations in more detail. A lot of detailed information concerning the Patrol is available on the UHNA website, and be sure to check the FAQ section.

V. New Business a. Cynthia Williams gave several updates on community involvement opportunities. Look for updates on all of these on NextDoor: i. “Push Back” celebration to install the new fire engine at our local station will be held soon. ii. Atlanta Community Emergency Response Team ‐ training citizens in emergency preparedness, no cost. iii. Citizens Fire Academy, a hands‐on, 6 wk course to inform and educate Atlanta residents about their fire department and its operations. Applications are being taken.

VI. Thank you to Red Brick Brewery and our 2016 sponsors: a. 1824 DeFoor b. Keller Williams Peachtree Rd ‐ Ashley Vierra c. Collier Chiropractic d. Comfort Shield Heating and A/C e. Florist Atlanta f. Fusion CPA g. Moncrief Heating & Air

VII. Next UNHA meeting will be Monday, September 12, location TBA.

VIII. Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

It’s that time of year again… our annual Spring Social is right around the corner! Save the date of Saturday, May 21 at 4pm at Underwood Hills Park for an afternoon of food, fun, music, and time with your neighbors as we celebrate our great neighborhood! There will be Underwood Hills merchandise for sale, a raffle to raise funds for the neighborhood, games for the kids, and more. If you are not a current UHNA member, you can join or renew your membership here. If you have items to contribute to the raffle or would like to sponsor the social, please contact Chris LeCraw for information on sponsorship opportunities and recognition.

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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.

Read the appeal Jim Martin’s (appellant) write-up for the BPNA Newsletter

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, 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.

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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 Minutes

Call 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, 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 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