Security Patrol Dec 3-16
All positions were nominated with no contest and were proposed and seconded as a block.
Details in Minutes below. The information on Zoning Variances can be found here.
Next Steering Committee meeting Monday January 23 , General Meeting Monday February 13.
How to recycle the Christmas Tree
The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation is partnering with several local organizations on Bring One for the Chipper, a statewide Christmas “treecycling” event on Saturday, Jan. 7th; trees will be mulched at over 150 locations across Georgia to make landscaping materials for playgrounds, city landscaping projects and habitats for wildlife.
To participate in this year's sustainable festivities and find a close location, visit here or download this file;
Security Patrol Report Nov 19 - Dec 2
In the last 2-week period (Nov 19 - Dec 2), 60 incidents were reported in Beat 204. Of those, one was reported in the area we patrol. This was an online self-reported incident involving identity theft. A breakdown of other activity reported in the area:
More Info on ATL Zoning Survey
The Office of Zoning and Development received requests for more clarity on the ATL Zoning survey questions and I wanted you to have that information.
The deadline for submitting the survey (online or by mail) is December 18th. If you received the paper survey, you may still submit it using the envelope provided. If you prefer to do the survey online, you may do so at ATLZoning.com (instructions attached).
From The Office of Zoning and Development:
Below are summaries of what each theme is asking. The question states the concern, offers a solution, and then asks some questions.
Theme A: Zone Strings. The current zoning districts are explained, and each part of the zone string is explained. The Zone string is explained as a way to customize zoning based on neighborhood standards rather than the "one-size-fits-all" districts we have today. For example, all lots of zoned R-2 must be a single dqelling on a 1-acre lot with 150 feet of frontage. The question asks if you think using a string is appropriate. For more explanation on a zone string, Idea Lab 4 and Workshop are a good resource
Theme B: Existing Patterns. The current districts are explained and potential solutions. The questions provide a graphic and then a question. Currently lot sizes and setbacks are set and can only be altered by a variance. The question proposes is a sliding scale appropriate why? Or why not?
Theme C: Frontages. This question seeks to understand what stakeholders’ desires are on how a building approaches a street. No blank walls or in residential districts requiring stoops and porches.
Theme D: Parking Decks. How should parking garages look. Should there be active uses up to a certain floor so there is always activity on the street?
Theme E. Floor Area Ratio. All zoning districts have a bulk requirement iterated in FAR. The problem is stated, the only way for a building to change use is through a rezoning, however in mixed use districts a rezoning allows more FAR than is usually used. The solution may be updating the FAR, so it is flexible to reflect the development.
Theme F. Height. Height as stated in the zoning districts today has some issues. There are solutions proposed and then what do you think about those solutions.
Theme G. Transition Standards. Buffers and heights required next to protected districts. Are those standards really protecting those districts. Can they be better.
Theme H. Open Space. All districts require open space whether it is iterated as front yard set back in a R district or gathering area in a multifamily district. However, the code today doesn’t always create meaningful open space.
Please remember that the questions are asking you to think about the code generally and not about specific zoning districts or areas of the city. These questions are seeking to understand how stakeholders think the code should operate globally. All the terms that are use in the worksheet FAR, height, frontage, buffer, transitional, LUI, etc. can be found in the zoning code today. Please feel free to share this response with anyone that is taking the survey.
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Playgroup cancelled due to rain
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See you in the New Year!
WABE giving away FREE yard signs
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As a thank you to neighbors and friends who support the mission of amplifying Atlanta’s stories and people, they’re giving away FREE WABE yard signs designed by local artists Sean Fahie, India Nabarro and Christina Ward!
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Security Patrol Report Nov 5-18
“ATL Zoning 2.0.” Workshops
The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning has entered Phase Two of rewriting the City’s Zoning Ordinance, “ATL Zoning 2.0.” The rewrite is an opportunity to incorporate best practices, address outdated standards, create a more user-friendly format, and better align zoning regulations with the current and future needs of the City.
A series of hybrid meetings, or “Focused Workshops”, have been scheduled with the public to explore new zoning approaches and alternatives that were identified in the Zoning Ordinance Diagnostic report. The City would like your participation and support by attending the Focused Workshops and by sharing details of the meetings with your contact database.
Please see the Focused Workshops schedule below for your reference. We are also sharing a project toolkit that includes ATL Zoning 2.0 project messaging and various forms of content you can share on your social media channels, in newsletters, and more. We look forward to engaging with you on the project. Please feel free to reach out to Caleb Racicot directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Focused Workshop #1: November 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM
824 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
504 Fair St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
269 Buckhead Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
2800 Campbellton Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311