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Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center

NPU-D Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW
All NPU Residents Welcome


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Mark you Calendars


BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center

NPU-D Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm 
Agape Center, 2351 Bolton Road, NW
All NPU Residents Welcome


2015 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online







 








 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta


Victoria Hurd, Realtor







 






 
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President's Report

Hi neighbors-

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

Our Fall Festival was on Sunday, October 25th and we had a fantastic turn out!  BPNA would like to thank Ron Horgan, Lacey Bradley, Thom Sokol, Kevin Barnes, Jeff Shipman, Andrew Hurd, Barry Sermons and David Soofian for their assistance with this event! Without neighbors like them, these events would be impossible. Thank you to our raffle sponsors: Lululemon, West Egg, Dragonfly Salon, Ace Hardware, Flip Burger Boutique, YEAH! Burger, and Orpheus Brewing.  

With the holiday season approaching, BPNA would like to remind all neighbors to keep a watchful eye out for suspicious activity or people. The speed safety signs will be available for pick up in 2 weeks- if you order one, please contact me at VictoriaHurd@outlook.com.

The next BPNA meeting will be November 17th at the Senior Center at 7:00pm. All are encouraged to attend.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Best,
Victoria Hurd

NPU Report and QuickTrip Update

By Jim Martin

October NPU-D meeting: The October-27th NPU-D meeting was a pretty quick and orderly one. We had two liquor licenses, a zoning variance, a special-use permit, and two parking exceptions on our business agenda.
 
Our two liquor licenses were both deferred at the requests of the applicants. One of these was for a brewery in Bolton. It is very close to residences, but is not subject to any distance requirements because breweries have a special licensing designation regardless of whether or not they have tasting rooms. The question for the neighbors of this facility was whether or not it would also require a parking exception in order to have a tasting room as the existing industrial building that will be used for the brewery has very few parking spaces. The other license was for a gas station and convenience store at the corner of Marietta St and Marietta Blvd close to the old Bellwood quarry (AKA Westside park). This is in NPU-K adjacent to NPU-D. It was not clear why they had requested the deferral as they made the request through the planning office and did not send anyone to the meeting. I suspect that they are having difficulty meeting the Beltline overlay requirements for the site that they are looking at and were not prepared to answer questions regarding their site plan because of that.
 
Our special-use permit and our parking exception were both for the same site – the old Mason Hall at the corner of Marietta Rd and Bolton Rd. Fox Brothers BBQ is proposing to renovate the existing buildings on this site for a new restaurant. They needed the special use permit in order to include outdoor dining and the parking exception because of the relatively large size of the buildings with respect to the remainder of the lot that was available for parking. Everyone seemed pretty positive both about the restaurant itself and about the renovation of the buildings that have been vacant for more than a decade. We voted unanimously to approve both applications.
 
Our second parking exception was to reduce parking for the expansion of a warehouse on Marietta Rd in Hills Park. The building was being expanded to consolidate the operations of the Whittaker Oil company, which has been a family-owned business in our area since 1928, and is currently run by the 3rd generation of the Whittaker family. Everyone seemed to feel pretty good about this and we voted unanimously to approve it.
 
Our only contentious item of the evening was a ½-depth front-yard setback reduction for a deck on a new single family home on Marietta Rd. Despite corresponding with several of us prior to the meeting, the applicant did not show up for the meeting and we were obliged to rely on a substantial amount of conjecture in deliberating on the matter. One position held that there was an intrinsic hardship in any just-adequately-sized (rather that oversized) corner lot that should justify this and that the neighbors had no objection to it, so we should approve it. The other position was that it would be inappropriate to do anything other that defer it because of the owners unexplained absence and the fact that he had never provided a zoning-relevant rationale for the request. The first motion that was made was one to approve, but this was defeated by a vote of 3 to 7 with 6 deferrals. A subsequent motion to defer the case was approved by a vote of 12 to 0 with 5 deferrals.
 
At the November NPU-D meeting we will revisit the zoning-variance and liquor-license cases that we deferred in October as well as electing NPU-D officers for 2016.
 
QT Update: Although I still have not received a copy of the transcript from the June 4th BZA hearing, I did receive an invoice from the city for a generation of this transcript. This implies that there actually is a transcript and that the appeal against the parking exception will move ahead in superior court once the city files a copy of that with the court. In the mean time, the QuikTrip folks have worked up a new plan for the site, which they hope will win them a Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for this project. They brought this plan to the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA) on November 9th. UHNA voted not to support this application, which effectively nullifies most of the harm done by their approval of a prior plan and puts us in a better position if we need to appeal a staff endorsement of the SAP. In addition to this, the zoning on the site has changed as a consequence of the proactive rezoning undertaken along Howell Mill Road. This means that many of the administratively-approvable variations to the Beltline overlay now also require variances to the underlying zoning. That should provide us with an additional impediment to the QT if the continue to pursue this plan.

Grant Applications: The city has announced another round of neighborhood Planning Unit Grants. The application material, which needs to be submitted by me. In the first two years of this grant program we purchased several of the benches that are located along Howell Mill Road with the grant funds. In the third year we purchased marker signs for the Bolton and Blandtown neighborhoods. Because of permitting issues, those signs have not yet been installed. Unless someone suggests otherwise, I intend to apply for funds for additional benches with this year’s grant. I would like to replace the crushed bench at the bus stop in front of Gordy tire and install two additional benches at bus stops further south along Howell Mill Road.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Hollie Meyer, Secretary
October 23, 2015 – Senior Center
  1. Victoria welcomed everyone
  2. September 2015 minutes were presented
    1. Will motioned to approve the minutes, Jim seconded; approved by the group
  3. Forrest MiniPark - Will
    1. Dwight has been working hard with Atl Parks Department with direction of the park
    2. Beltline is saying 4-5 years out for a bridge built crossing the CSX railroad line that would connect with our minipark
    3. A follow-up the property owners before a letter of intent was submitted to the city asking for a ‘recreational easement’ 
  4. Fall Festival - Victoria
    1. October 25 at Masterpiece Lighting parking lot, 1-6 pm
    2. Budget was discussed and the need to make/purchase a jockey box for future events
    3. Several local business have donated for our raffle
  5. QT update
    1. No update or movement on the various issues
  6. Traffic calming/speeding
    1. General discussion lead by Thom
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