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DEKALB ZONING CODE IS DEFERRED AGAIN

Euclidean (300px-height)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 …

On July 22, the application for a Dunkin’ Donuts at the old Avon site on Scott Blvd was withdrawn without prejudice. While the adjacent condo association accepted the Dunkin’ Donuts concessions, GGD and other nearby neighbors continued to oppose a drive-thru on the site. Commissioners Gannon and Rader agreed the site’s location and size were unsuitable to this use. In addition, the drive-thru would be contrary to the Medline Study and community vision of a walkable, bike-friendly, healthy neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone, especially Garrett, Mary and Betty for attending countless meetings and advocating for the community and Roz for researching the pros and cons of drive-thrus! Please see this recent study concerning the air quality effects of auto idling in a drive-thru vs. warm engine start.


 … SO DOES THE OWNER OF THE OLD BATTERIES PLUS SITE ON LAWRENCEVILLE  HIGHWAY

Dawn wrote to let us know that the SLUP for the property on Lawrenceville Highway that was for a proposed liquor store was withdrawn without prejudice on July 22 as well. Like with the Dunkin’ Doughnuts, the owner can apply for the site to be developed in the future. However, neighborhood support against a liquor store at that location makes it unlikely that it would be an alcohol outlet. The owner has committed to work with neighbors in finding a tenant for that property and the vacant Waffle House building, as he owns both.

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.


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!


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.  The next sub-committee (governance) meeting is scheduled for July 30, and the next meeting of the whole is scheduled for August 6.


CONGRATULATIONS, MELISSA!

Melissa Link, who participated as a representative of People for a Better Athens in Good Growth DeKalb’s Community Forum in February 2012, is now an elected official. Online Athens says, “Longtime local activist Melissa Link, a regular presence in the audience at Athens-Clarke County Commission meetings, has won a seat on the commission, claiming victory in a Tuesday runoff against political newcomer Rachel Watkins.” Read more here and here.


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