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UPDATED: ZONING CODE RECOMMENDATIONS 

The Community Task Force on the Zoning Code Update (CTF) is a group of DeKalb County citizens who have spent many months working with the county and community organizations on the new zoning code. Good Growth DeKalb is represented on the CTF and supports the CTF recommendations. 

The CTF has focused on strengthening the voice of the communities and neighborhoods in zoning decisions. However, the proposed code presently favors developers and county staff, and makes the citizens’ right of appeal complicated and extremely difficult.

Here are the CTF recommendations: summary | full document 

Euclidean (300px-height)We urge you, your neighbors and your organizations to contact your commissioners by September 18 and push them to stand up for these recommendations, which will give citizens an equal voice in zoning decisions:

For specific questions, please contact Bruce MacGregor at Brucemac@earthlink.net or Betty Blondeau at betty_blondeau@bellsouth.net.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

DEKALB COUNTY PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (PED) COMMITTEE MEETING
996Tuesday, September 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
Manuel Maloof Building, 5th Floor, All Purpose Room

Join us and see the PED committee’s agenda, hear what the committee is considering, learn about important issues affecting the county and, importantly, let the committee know that we are involved and counting on them to make smart, informed decisions that benefit their constituency.


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)

Please be sure to come out and let the commissioners know you expect the new zoning code to incorporate the recommendations of the Community Task Force on the Zoning Code Update (details above).


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

The Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb was proposed as a call to action by DeKalb County Commissioner Katie Gannon in January 2014. Blueprint DeKalb is a citizens group seeking to reform DeKalb government, in particular regarding ethics, operations, elections, government structure and infrastructure funding. Take a survey and be sure to come out on the 30th to learn more about the group and its progress.


GOOD GROWTH DEKALB MONTHLY MEETINGS

Tuesday, October 13, November 11 and December 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033 (map)

Find out the latest news, hear great speakers, and more!


WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

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


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.


UPDATE ON FERNBANK FOREST

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Photo: Fernbank Museum

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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