**COME EARLY FOR THE 6:00 PRESS CONFERENCE**
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur 30030
Because citizens have expressed concerns and opposition to the new DeKalb County zoning plan, the county has scheduled a public forum for June 18. Please join Good Growth DeKalb in making sure this plan makes things better for DeKalb residents, rather than better for developers.
About 20 people from Good Growth DeKalb attended the Board of Commissioners meeting on May 28, where the new zoning plan was discussed. Several people spoke against the plan, including a Good Growth DeKalb representative. The plan is several hundred pages and hard to decipher, but clearly gives citizens less of a voice with regard to unwanted development. Of particular concern is the plan makes granting a building permit an administrative process rather than a public process, allowing far too little accountability to residents.
To see Good Growth DeKalb’s statement on the new plan, click here. The plan has not been well-publicized and community input has been negligible. It is important to have a large turnout at the meeting on June 18, because the county is pushing for the plan to be voted in rapidly.
COME DISCUSS THE NEXT STEPS
Please join our next monthly meetings this summer on the second Tuesday of the month — June 11, July 9 and August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at N. Decatur Presbyterian Church (map) to find out what’s happening with our efforts to halt the Walmart and how you can help.
LEGAL ACTION FILED
On Friday, March 15, attorneys for Good Growth DeKalb filed suit in DeKalb County Superior Court, contending that the County granted a building permit for construction of a Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza in violation of its own ordinances.
In early January, we filed an internal DeKalb County administrative appeal contending that truck, tree and hydrology ordinances were not followed in granting the building permit to Selig Enterprises, owner of Suburban Plaza. This appeal was directed to the Technical Board of Appeals, as required by county law. However, the Technical Board of Appeals does not exist.
We believe the county must follow its own ordinances, listen to the vast majority of residents who oppose this development and develop a long-range development plan for the county that promotes truly sustainable growth — as opposed to outdated big box development that worsens traffic, destroys neighborhoods and overtaxes infrastructure.
WE NEED YOUR STRONG AND STEADY SUPPORT
Defeating this massive development requires a long-term commitment by us all. Make your tax-deductible contribution today. If you don’t need tax-deductability (this saves us money), please contribute by clicking here.
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