Potential street parking layout, Love your Block grants, and NPU-D updates.
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Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center (1705 Commerce Dr NW)

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


BZA Meeting - QT appeal
November 6, Noon at City Hall, Council Chambers
Wear Green in support of the neighborhoods


Beautification Day
November 8, 9 am to noon
Meeting location to be determined


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online

 





 






 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Jade King


Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 




 
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Mark you Calendars

BPNA Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Senior Center (1705 Commerce Dr NW)

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


BZA Meeting - QT appeal
November 6, Noon at City Hall, Council Chambers
Wear Green in support of the neighborhoods


Beautification Day
November 8, 9 am to noon
Meeting location to be determined


2014 Yearly Membership Dues
Complete online







 








 
Contact Information
Yahoo Group

BPNA Officers

Have you signed up for NextDoor?

Questions or Concerns
info@berkeleypark.org


Sponsors

Jade King


Corner Tavern


Linda Alcott, Realtor


Florist Atlanta

 







 






 
Facebook
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Website
Website

President's Report

Neighbors,

Hope everyone had a great Halloween.  It was fun to see all the little ones out trick or treating. 

It is time for BPNA’s election.  The BPNA nomination committee has worked hard at finding new candidates for this year’s election.  We appreciate all of Ron, Terri, and David’s work on this and we look forward to seeing everyone come out to cast your vote at this month’s BPNA meeting on November 18 at 7pm.

Recently we have had an upbeat of criminal activity in the neighborhood.   Please make sure to be aware of your surroundings and make sure to keep all doors and windows locked up.  The Atlanta Police department is aware of these recent Westside activities.  Some may have noticed more of a police presence in the neighborhood.  I have been in touch with Officer Rodney Woody and will provide updates as I get them.

Please remember to pay this year’s dues, please take care of those with Nina McCormack
 
Thanks,
Jacob
NPU-D and BPNA Updates

By Jim Martin

The October-28th NPU-D meeting was more fun than usual. We had a contentious case, an uncontentious case, and an interesting presentation.

We were finally able to deal with the proposed residential rezoning on Marietta Road in behind the Crestlawn cemetery (our contentious case), which we had deferred for several months. The debate around this proposal seemed to be between those who felt uneasy about the proposal and wanted to deny the application and those who felt uneasy about the proposal and wanted to approve the application with conditions that would minimize its potential adverse impacts. After a motion to conditionally approve the application failed, a second motion to deny it was approved with several of the folks who favored the first motion choosing to abstain rather than vote against the second. I interpreted this to be an agreement in principle coupled with a disagreement in strategy. The rezoning required a CDP (comprehensive development plan) change, which was denied in the same vote. If the applicants choose to pursue their application despite the NPU denial, they will need to have the CDP changed first so we should get a heads-up on that.

Our uncontested zoning case was for a CDP change at an industrial property on Marietta Blvd in order to accommodate a rezoning application that will be on our November agenda. The applicant chose to decouple these two applications because the City Council’s calendar would have introduced substantial delay to the rezoning if the CDP application were not made in October. In this case the applicant was the Agape Center, where we hold our meetings, and the change was from industrial use to business park use to allow them to relocate and consolidate their operations. Since we all felt pretty good about the applicant and the change seemed to be a minor one, we unanimously endorsed it with little debate.

Our informational presentation was for a redevelopment that is proposed at the southeast corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street (AKA the SRTA site). This site is in NPU-E, but is within 300 feet of NPU-D, so it was referred to both NPUs. Unfortunately, our meeting occurred before E’s, which was why we heard the case as an informational presentation rather than acting on it as a business item. We did not want to preempt a decision by the NPU in which the project is actually proposed. The redevelopment would be a combination of three developments that will require a CDP change, a replatting of the associated parcels of land, a rezoning of two of those parcels, a set of zoning variances for at least one of those parcels, a parking exception, and an administrative review. Each of the three components would be built by a different developer, so the whole thing is pretty complex zoning-wise. At the north end, there would be a retail shopping center. In the southwest corner there would be a development of single-family homes in very close proximity (almost townhouses, but with a small gap between them). In the southeast corner there would be an apartment complex wrapped around a parking deck similar to what is popping up all over our area. The community has concerns regarding several features of this plan. The Loring Heights neighborhood will be organizing meetings with the developers to discuss these. It is unfortunate that no transit component is proposed for this site, which was originally acquired by the state for that purpose, but it is good that it might finally be redeveloped rather than sitting vacant.


BZA – QT Hearing

The board of zoning adjustment (BZA) met on November 6th and heard our appeal of the QuikTrip SAP approval. A week before the hearing, I submitted an amendment to our appeal along with various pieces of supporting evidence. That is linked here. The presentation of our side was complicated by the fact that we were limited to 15 minutes of speaking time (a 5 minute extension to the usual 10) and the other side (the city) was provided with unlimited time. Additionally, we were obliged to use our time to argue for both our standing to bring the appeal and the merits of the appeal itself. This left us with 30 seconds to rebut the planning staff arguments against us. The board did not decide the case as such since two board members favored denying our appeal and two board members favored upholding it. The fifth board member, whose vote would have decided the issue, had to leave before the matter came up for a vote. This was unfortunate, since her questions and comments prior to that lead me to think that she was leaning in our direction. As a matter of BZA policy, the tied vote led to a deferral of the case until the January 15th BZA hearing. All parties (us, QT, the planning office, and the Beltline) were encouraged to meet prior to that in order to see if a solution could be worked out. This would have been the automatic consequence of our appeal being upheld, but without the implicit deadline of the next BZA hearing. I discussed the matter with the QT representative, Patrick Conner, after the hearing. The issue for him seems to be that “company policy” requires that a host of zoning regulations be waived in order to accommodate the development. My opinion is that a host of company policies ought to be waived if they would like to develop this site. I don’t think that this is unreasonable, but we shall have to see...


APAB

The long-running saga of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB) appointment to the board of the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA), which was reported in last month’s newsletter, took a few more turns at the APAB meeting in October. After the Mayor announced that he would finally take action on this, a majority of the APAB delegates decided that it would be a great idea to begin the nomination process all over again and thereby delay that action until 2015. It is difficult for me to imagine this enhancing APAB’s credibility in anyone’s eyes; particularly since it followed an hour-long debate over whether or not a motion to table a motion to defer action was out of order. Mr. Roberts (the rules guy) was undoubtedly rolling over in his grave at that point. In the end this motion was ruled in order and then defeated overwhelmingly just before the meeting ran out of time. The consequence being that the matter was automatically deferred. Thus in November, we will once again attempt to nominate three candidates to fill this board seat as we did almost two years ago.


Sidewalks

I still have not received any updates on our sidewalk project, but Stephanie Ramage, the mayor’s citizen’s advocate who attended our October BPNA meeting has promised to look into that along with the speeding issue on Holmes Street between Buchanan and Tallulah.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

Hollie Meyer, Secretary

October 21, 2014 – Senior Center
  1. Pig Roast
    1. A big turnout and successful event
  2. Crime Watch
    1. Still needing volunteers for streets, many in attendance volunteered for the remaining slots.
  3. Stephanie Ramage, City advocate
    1. Presented her proposal to have an Alcohol Serving Permit required for all who serve/distribute alcohol.  A background check and training would be required for all individuals.  This will go up to City Council in January, with hopes to become law July 2015.
    2. Fee for this permit would support salary for officers to enforce
    3. Stephanie opened the floor for member suggestions and comments
  4. Website
    1. New site is live
    2. Presented group site data for the past 30 days
  5. Beautification and Cleanup
    1. Saturday, November 8, meet at the Verner Mini Park at 8:45
  6. QT discussion
    1. Petition is available for people to sign
    2. BZA meeting, Nov 6 at noon, wear green to meeting
  7. Annual Dues
    1. Submit dues to Nina
  8. Election and Ad-Hoc committee
    1. Have two members on the committee, needing one more
    2. Nominations can be sent to Ron or Terry Horgan
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