Join UHNA at the Westside Stride block party happening on Howell Mill Rd south of Trabert Ave this Sunday, October 29th from 12-6pm!
The family-friendly open street festival includes a maker’s market, beer garden, live music & entertainment, kids activities, plus all the local businesses showing off. Brickworks, Star Metals, Interlock, and Westside Provisions District are going all-out, and even The Works is bringing their businesses over to 17th St for the day!
Walking or biking or taking rideshare to the event are encouraged.
Visit WestsideStride.org to learn more about road closures and the route map, and follow Upper Westside ATL for live Westside Stride updates!
The Zoning Committee of City Council voted unanimously this morning to file the Application, Z-23-17, to rezone 1692 Springer St. from R-4 residential to C-1 commercial. The motion to do so was made by At-Large Councilmember, Matt Westmoreland. I spoke with our councilman, Dustin Hillis, just before the meeting, and he assured me it would all be ok even though he is not on the Zoning Committee.
To file an application is to remove it from proceeding further through the process of becoming law. In past years, an attempt to rezone property after an initial failed attempt could not be repeated for two years. That is possibly still true, but I have not been able to find verification on the Web before writing you this message. If I fail to verify that a 2-year waiting period is required, I shall let you know.
Thanks to all of you who were there to vote on Z-23-17 at our UHNA Meeting and, later, at the NPU-D meeting and who communicated your opposition to City Council members. It surely made all the difference.
Eva Nason, UHNA Rep to NPU-D
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This matter was covered at the last Steering Committee and General Meetings and voted to support, but some online were unable to hear the in-person discussion and felt it was rushed through, so the details are reiterated here. Please note the properties are not under contract, the sale is in negotiation.
The proposal is to re-plat two existing lots to the historial 3 lots and build 3 single family homes.
Due to changes in Planning procedures, such a change requires a new specific legislation voted by City Council, rather than applying for a variance as might be expected.
As such, Councillor Dustin Hillis requested the proposer (Builder JW Hall) to bring it before the UHNA to get community feedback.
It is similar in scope to what was done in Mantissa St in 2022, creating two single-family lots from one large lot with an extra wide frontage.
The resultant lots would be similar in frontage the other lots in Springer St.
Aside from questions on the re platting, other questions raised were how this might impact trees and storm water runoff and the stream at the rear.
Due to the new Tree Ordnance and updated residential drainage codes to which any new construction would have to conform, any works on the newly created sites would be an improvement on existing structures, with major trees being documented and replaced as required, and runoff being contained by appropriate management techniques.
Two documents are provided; the enacted legislation for Mantissa St, and supporting notes for the Springer St proposal.
For further clarification please reach out to Dustin Hillis Councilmember – District 9 Atlanta City Council 55 Trinity Ave SW, Ste. 2900 Atlanta, GA 30303 P: (404) 330-6044 F: (404) 979-3679 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the last 2-week period (Sep 23 - Oct 6), 29 incidents were reported in Beat 204. Of those, none occurred in the area we patrol. A breakdown of activity reported in the surrounding area:
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Det. Kevin Leonpacher
Atlanta PD / Underwood Hills Patrol
We’ll gather for a Halloween Party Sunday October 22 at 4pm at Underwood Hills Park. There’ll be a kids’ costume contest, pumpkin decorating, a ghost craft, and a fire truck! To eat we’ll have juice boxes, light snacks, and pizza.
Hope to see BOO there!
From UHNA NPU-D Rep Eva Nason;
I strongly regret to inform you that last evening the Zoning Review Board voted 4-2 to approve the rezoning of 1692 Springer St. from R-4 residential to C-1 commercial.
Whatever there was of wisdom in the 98-6 NPU-D votes and the 60-2 UHNA votes declaring this rezoning from R-4 to C-1 to be long-term detrimental to an entire area counted for nothing with 4 of the 6 members of the Zoning Review Board, if they had even been informed of these votes (I don't recall they were ever mentioned by the ZRB members in the discussion of this case).
Speaking in opposition to this rezoning was Jim Martin, the chairperson of NPU-D and Eva Nason, the UHNA Representative to NPU-D, who read a prepared statement of opposition by Ben Hudgins, the chairperson of the UHNA Planning and Land Use Committee, and Rita Neely, speaking as the Springer St. resident typical of the many Springer St. families with young children.
There was only one person speaking for the applicant, someone representing the applicant, Girvan Henry, Girvan Henry has still, through all of these meetings and deferrals, not made his presence known, and the fellow there last evening representing him seemed to be there completely on his own.
At some time on Thursday, there became available the Staff Report, which gives "Findings of Fact" and a recommendation of approval or denial of the rezoning. This is put out from the director's Office of Zoning and Development, headed by Keyetta M. Holmes. This Staff Report recommended approval of the rezoning with two conditions, 1) that the back yard parking pad be paved and 2) that "Notwithstanding the permitted principal uses in Section 16-11.003" (all those things we usually think of as commercial) . . . "the only permitted use is office."
There were comments in the Staff Report such as "the impact on the neighboring R-4 (Single Family Residential)) zoned properties to the north, east and west should be minimal." (My comment: apparently the zoning staff no longer thinks precedent counts for anything!) Also, there was this comment: "The proposed development is unlikely to have any negative impact on the neighboring properties since this rezoning will be the continuance of an existing use, should the property ever be redeveloped." (My comment: there will now need to be perpetual vigilance on the part of the entire neighborhood of Underwood Hills to see that condition No. 2 stated above isn't conveniently removed at some point, allowing the development of a host of undesirable businesses nextdoor to residences on the north, east and west of this site. And all for the convenience of the neighbor, Girvan Henry, who has never made himself known to us.
What to do? No doubt there will be communication among a few of us as to what might best be done to try to do whatever lobbying can still be done to prevent this rezoning from being established. I, personally, don't know whether an enormous response from Underwood Hills would have any effect these days. If our 98-6 NPU vote counted for not even a mention, then there is a strong sense that the voice of the affected people, however large, will mean nothing. If it is deemed that a neighborhood's voice can be heard at all at City Hall, then I shall try to inform you.
Eva Nason, Underwood Hills resident
In the last 2-week period (Sep 9 - Sep 22), 35 incidents were reported in Beat 204. Of those, 2 occurred in the area we patrol.