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DEKALB ZONING CODE IS DEFERRED AGAIN

The proposed new DeKalb County zoning plan still fails to address the rights of citizens to appeal unwanted development. Due to the efforts community activists and organizations, a vote on the zoning code update was deferred again at the July 22 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Good Growth DeKalb will continue to meet with county officials and other neighborhood organizations to resolve outstanding issues before the code is up for vote again on September 23. Send us an email if you’d like to get involved with our zoning efforts.


 DUNKIN’ DONUTS WITHDRAWS APPLICATION

Also on July 22, the application for a Dunkin’ Donuts at the old Avon site on Scott Road was withdrawn with prejudice. While the condo association behind the site accepted the Dunkin’ Donuts concessions, there was enough opposition from other  neighborhood associations to the drive-thru that the SLUP application most likely would have been denied had it gone to vote. Thank you to everyone, especially Roz for researching the pros and cons of drive-thrus and Mary and Betty for attending countless meetings.


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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.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

GOOD GROWTH DEKALB MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 12 @ 7:00 p.m.
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033 (map)

We look forward to seeing you!


GREAT NEWS!

ImageProxy.mvcThanks to an outpouring of generosity from people like you, our legal bill has dropped to only $13,000!

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!


DEMOLITION UNDERWAY AT SUBURBAN PLAZA

First up is demolition. Selig says, “We will begin demolishing a portion of the shopping center in the coming weeks and will commence with our facade renovation this fall.”

Read the letter from Selig on MANA’s website outlining the timeline for the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza>


LEGAL BATTLE ENDS

Good Growth DeKalb protests Walmart at Suburban Plaza on August 10, 2012

Good Growth DeKalb protests Walmart at Suburban Plaza on August 10, 201LEGAL BATTLE ENDS

With increasingly limited legal options in our lawsuit against DeKalb County over the Walmart building permit, we made the decision to accept an invitation to meet with Selig Enterprises, owner of Suburban Plaza. On April 17, we came to an agreement with Selig, which includes numerous gains for the community.

This was a difficult decision and a difficult process but, while we continue to believe a Walmart is wholly unsuited to this location, our legal battle is now over.

We are tremendously grateful to all who have stood with us during this long fight, rallying in all kinds of weather, gathering petition signatures, attending meetings, volunteering at fundraisers and much, much more — and for our many donors, large and small, who have enabled us to work to make our county and our neighborhoods a better place to live, work and play.

We are very proud that, together, we’ve built an organization that is a recognized presence in DeKalb County, a force to be reckoned with, and part of a movement spreading all over the country to encourage smarter, community-friendly development.


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