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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! 

Euclidean (300px-height)While there have been some good changes made to the  proposed new DeKalb County zoning plan, it still fails to adequately address the rights of citizens to appeal unwanted development. The code is up for vote on September 23.

Here are some things you can do now:


GREAT NEWS!

ImageProxy.mvcThanks to an outpouring of generosity from people like you, our legal bill has dropped AGAIN to $10,000! 

For more than two years, Good Growth DeKalb worked diligently to fend off the Walmart at Suburban Plaza.

While we were ultimately unsuccessful in our efforts, we have made a substantial difference for our community, none more important than letting our collective voice be heard!

Please consider making a gift of $50, $100, $500 or more today. We have monthly giving options available too!

Thank you!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

GOOD GROWTH DEKALB MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033 (map)

Come hear DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon at our next monthly meeting when she will discuss her Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb:

Our DeKalb County reached a ‘tipping point’ in 2013: nearly everyone now agrees that fundamental reforms are due. Beyond that general agreement, reaching consensus proves difficult. Even listing a Top Ten of the issues, crises and challenges that brought us to this tipping point invariably raises disagreement on one point or another from one quarter or another. We all seem to be going our separate ways.

To move forward we should consider, “what does reform look like?” Continue reading the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb >

Please invite your neighbors, friends, neighborhood association and homeowner’s group to join you at this important and informative session!


DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Tuesday, September 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
Manuel Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur, GA 30030
(Free parking in county deck across the street)

This is the meeting where the commissioners will vote on the new zoning code.


WHAT DOES CITYHOOD MEAN FOR YOU?

countymapGood Growth DeKalb does not have an official position on the various cityhood efforts, however, we do strive to be informed. To that end, Good Growth DeKalb has been attending the meetings of DeKalb County CEO May’s DeKalb Government Operations Task Force, which will explore issues of cityhood, annexation and general governance of DeKalb County.

At the July meeting, we learned the appointed members would be joined by citizens on the two sub-committees only.  The names suggested for citizen participation were generally members of each of the current proposed new cities of DeKalb. GGD hopes that the committee will reach out for more balanced citizen input. The Atlanta Regional Commission demographic studies were very interesting and can be linked to in the handout section on the above website.  GSU and GA Tech are facilitating the study.

The taskforce hopes to have recommendations to present to the state legislature on December 1.

You can participate.

The whole committee meetings are televised and can be viewed on DeKalb’s television channel 23.  There also is opportunity for public comment at the meetings, which should be listed on their website.


DUNKIN’ DONUTS & LIQUOR STORE WITHDRAW SLUP APPLICATIONS

On July 22, the special land use permission applications for a Dunkin’ Donuts at the old Avon site on Scott Boulevard and for a liquor store at the old Batteries Plus site on Lawrenceville Highway were withdrawn without prejudice. That means that the owners can apply for the site to be developed in the future. However, it is unlikely that we will see applications for the same development in the future.

If you would like to get involved with the effort to improve and redevelop Lawrenceville Highway, please contact Dawn at dmbforman@gmail.com.


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Photo: Fernbank Museum

UPDATE ON FERNBANK FOREST

Click here to read an open letter from ecologist Al Tate and three local parents to Susan Neugent, the CEO of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

At our June meeting, Mr. Tate, who retired from Fernbank Science Center in 2012 after 27 years, addressed community efforts to reopen the 65-acre Fernbank Forest.

Click here to sign a petition in support of opening the forest and here to read a letter to the editor of the AJC in response to this article.

If you’re interested in your child attending one of Mr. Tate’s classes, you can find more info here.


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