VHCA Monthly Planning Meeting

The VHCA Planning Committee meets with residents seeking zoning variance requests to discuss the impact of the variance on neighboring properties. Approval or denial recommendations are then made for consideration by the VHCA’s full board of directors.

Meetings are held at 7 PM on the Wednesday before the second Monday of every month at the Church of Our Saviour, 1068 N. Highland Ave. (across from the fire station).

Meeting Reminder: Historic Designation Exploration For Two VaHi Subdivisions

What: #4 in a series of 5 informational meetings regarding exploration of historic district designation for two specific Virginia-Highland subdivisions. This meeting is primarily for residents living in the F.A. Ames Property/Virginia Highlands subdivision on Virginia Ave.(between N. Highland and Rosedale Dr. and Hudson Drive – but any interested party may attend. Andy affected resident who has been unable to attend other meetings is encouraged to come as well. Please see the map found on our website (link below) to see if you live in the contemplated district. The next meeting will be on Dec. 11.

When: Thursday Dec. 5 – 7 PM

Where: Garrison Hall at Church of Our Saviour (opposite the fire station at the corner of H. Highland and Los Angeles)

Note: Additional information can be found by clicking here.

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Agenda Set for VHCA Meeting – February 11, 2013

Virginia-Highland Civic Association Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, February 11, 2013; Ponce de Leon Library

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • Adoption of Agenda & Approval of Minutes
  • Reports from Public Safety representatives
  • City of Atlanta officials
  • Other elected officials & guests
  • Randy Guensler, Ga. Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Committee Reports:
    • Fundraising
      • Summerfest update – Pam Papner
      • Planning  – Lola Carlisle
        • V-13-002, 1026 Bellevue Drive NE.  Homeowner and applicant Celia O’Keefe seek a special exception to relocate a bedroom inside the existing footprint of a legal non-conforming duplex with a grandfathered apartment in an accessory structure in the rear.  The room currently being used for a bedroom for their small child was not designed for that purpose. A site visit revealed no other issues.  At the Planning Committee meeting on 2-5-13, the applicant had proof of notification of the relevant neighbors.  There were no objections or other relevant comments, and the committee unanimously recommended approval conditioned on site plans stamped and dated 1-8-13.
        • LRB _____ . Applicant and owner Emile Blau seeks a license to sell spirituous liquors at the American Roadhouse, 842 N. Highland Avenue NE.  The applicant’s application was mysteriously undated despite its trip through the City, an unusual (but not unheard of) result. The applicant attended the Planning Committee meeting on 2-5-13 and avers as follows: He has 23 years of experience in the restaurant management at Bones and related businesses; his proposed manager has similar experience. Neither has been personally cited or represented a business cited for underage service of alcohol. He will do in-house training for staff on alcohol service, recognition of boisterous behavior, and identification of conditions that dictate the refusal of service.  The Planning Committee recommended that the application go forward without opposition.
        • Aaron Fortner, Market & Main
          • Analysis of Middle School expansion impacts on traffic, land use, and neighborhood balance
  • Adjournment

Inman Middle School to Host Open House on Ponce De Leon Road Improvements

Lynette Reid of the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. emailed to advise of an Open House to be held Feb. 7  at 6:30 PM at Inman Middle School. The Open House will focus on upcoming road improvements to Ponce De Leon Avenue. Here’s Reid’s email:

Ponce De Leon Avenue is slated for several road improvement projects over the next several years to enhance its efficiency and improve the mobility of pedestrians, cyclist, and vehicles. 

We invite you to attend the community meeting “Open House” on February 7, 2013 at Inman Middle School from 6:30pm-8:00pm to learn more about the road improvement projects, anticipated sequencing of these projects, and more detailed schedule information where possible. 

Click here to read a press release regarding the Open House.

Agenda Set for January 14, 2013 VHCA Board Meeting

The VHCA has posted the following agenda for tonight’s regular monthly board meeting. This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Virginia Highland Civic Association Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, January 14, 2013; Ponce de Leon Library

Tentative Agenda

Call to Order     

Adoption of Agenda & Approval of Minutes

Reports from Police & Fire Representatives

City of Atlanta Officials

Other Elected Officials & Guests

  • Bill Seay, Piedmont Heights Master Plan

VHCA Committee Reports and Proposed Goals and Budgets for 2013 

Fundraising

Tour of Homes -  Financial Summary: Arturo Cruz-Tucker

Summerfest Update – Pamela Papner

Planning  - Lola Carlisle

  • V – 12- 217   Ponce de Leon Terrace NE.  Applicant Magdalena Bach (on behalf of owner John Vertefeuille) seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the west side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 3’8”.  A Planning Committee site visit on 1-7-13 revealed no concerns regarding the setback allowance or tree or runoff issues of concern. The Committee unanimously recommended approval at its meeting on 1-9-13, conditioned on site plans stamped and dated 12-19-12 and proof of notification of the standard eight adjacent owners. The committee recommended native plantings to absorb water from the area at the rear of the property above an intermittent stream; the stream enters an underground in a pipe immediately upstream (to the east), but the area is predictably wet. The applicant agreed to research and provide appropriate options to the owner.

Parks –  Lauren Wilkes-Fralick

  • John Howell Park report
  • VHCL – Pamela Papner
  • New Highland Park opening

Budget Committee – Arturo Cruz-Tucker

Safety Committee

  • Sidewalks Update – Peggy Berg

New Business

Calendar Items

  • Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

Piedmont Heights Master Plan To Be Presented at January VHCA Board Meeting

By: Jack White, VHCA Board President

Bill Seay from the Piedmont Heights Civic Association (PHCA) will make a brief presentation on that group’s proposed new master plan at this month’s regular VHCA board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Monday January 14 at 7 PM at the public library on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Piedmont Heights, Virginia-Highland, Morningside/Lenox Park, and Lindridge/Martin Manor are the neighborhoods that comprise NPU-F. The PHCA defines Piedmont Heights’ boundaries as being roughly I-85 on the north, the (future) BeltLine on the southwest, and Piedmont Road on the south and east. The association is seeking NPU approval for their master plan, and part of that process involves giving adjacent neighborhoods the chance to hear about the plan first-hand.

The plan merits our attention, partly because the VHCA Planning Committee has been examining the planning implications of traffic issues on our major streets for some time, and specifically because the PHCA’s plan supports the BeltLine-adopted future recommendation of reducing Monroe Drive from 4 to 3 lanes north of Piedmont. The PHCA has had to contend with Monroe as a choke point for decades. Their thinking is shifting away from expanding that street’s capacity and toward trying to making it more pedestrian and cycling-compatible, characteristics it emphatically does not possess at this point anywhere along its length.

Given the new pedestrian/bike usage and increased crowds at the new BeltLine connection with Monroe in VaHi, this challenge is increasingly front and center for us as well. BeltLine usage is likely to increase dramatically this spring. As Monroe is currently the only formal entrance point the BeltLine trail from our neighborhood, pedestrian safety is a real concern.

Click here for more details on Piedmont Height’s proposed master plan.

 

CINS (Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools)

Upcoming CINS (Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools) Meetings

What: APS’ Human Resources – Hiring, Staffing, Leveling and Professional Development

When: December 12, 2012 – Noon

Where: Springdale Park Elementary School, 1246 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306

What: 2013 Legislative Agenda for Education

When: January 16, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Where: Centennial Place Elementary School, 531 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30313

BeltLine Eastside 10K run

From the Atlanta BeltLine the VHCA has received the following information:

Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Opens Registration for Eastside 10K 

December 1 Event Features First Official Run on New Eastside Trail and Exciting Tailgate and Neighborhood Challenges

 ATLANTA (Aug. 23, 2012) The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series announces its second annual Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K on Saturday, December 1, kicking off at Stoveworks (112 Krog Street Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30307) at 10 a.m. This first official run/walk on the new Eastside Trail winds through the Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland, and VirginiaHighland neighborhoods.  Participants will pass by the new Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park, take in beautiful vistas of downtown and midtown Atlanta, travel an off-road stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, and enjoy a jaunt through Piedmont Park.

“We are so excited to get out and get active on the new Eastside Trail with the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson.  ”We encourage Atlantans to take advantage of this awesome new trail and this exciting event to show their team spirit and get moving!”

Coinciding with the day of the SEC Championship and Championship Saturday, the Eastside 10K features an exciting Tailgate Challenge that encourages college football fans to represent their schools and enjoy a rigorous run before heading into the evening’s football programming. Teams are forming quickly, including representatives from Agnes Scott University, Auburn University, Georgia State University, Georgia College and State University, Kansas State University, University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University, with more to come.

The race also features a Neighborhood Challenge, in which neighborhood associations will compete for a $1,000 cash purse to be awarded to the fastest, largest, and most spirited neighborhood teams.  “We are very excited to give Atlanta’s neighborhood associations the opportunity to compete for BeltLine bragging rights and potentially win some cash to support their community,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Program Director, Rob Brawner.

More details about the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series – including the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, challenges and other races, can be found at http://run.beltline.org

Participants are encouraged to register by November 28th, when registration will increase from $38 to $45. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

Special amenities offered to Eastside 10K participants include:

o   Tailgate Challenge including exciting prizes such as happy hour events from several local venues, the ability to setup your tailgate tent along the race route!

o   Neighborhood Challenge featuring a cash purse of $1,000 to be awarded to the neighborhood associations fielding the largest,, fastest and most spirited teams. The winning neighborhoods will get featured in Atlanta Intown

o   Great new start and finish location: Stoveworks

o   Long-sleeved technical shirts, thanks to Nike

o   Unique medals

o   Points earned toward Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Challenge prizes

o   AND, proceeds from the race support the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership! 

Registration is open and additional information is available at http://Run.BeltLine.org.

 About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.  For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.

Forum Scheduled to Discuss Georgia Charter School Amendment

Do you know how you’ll vote on the Georgia charter school amendment?

This November, you will be asked whether the state of Georgia should be allowed to authorize new charter schools (as opposed to school districts only). The AJC’s latest poll shows voters are split, and people on both sides of the issue agree this vote will determine the path of K-12 education reform in Georgia for years to come.

You are invited to attend a public forum with prominent speakers on both sides of the debate, to learn more about the issue. The forum will be held Monday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. at the Inman Middle School auditorium.

Young Professionals for Education Equity (YPEE) and Teach For America are co-sponsoring this nonpartisan event. Amir Farokhi of GeorgiaForward will moderate the discussion.

Panel speakers include:

Jason Carter, Georgia State Senator

Mike Dudgeon, Georgia State Representative

Herb Garrett, Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association

Mark Peevy, Executive Director, Georgia Charter Schools Commission

Click here to read an October 12 AJC article on this topic.

VHCA Annual Meeting and Elections and VHCA 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Election at the Inman Middle School Cafeteria on September 13 from 6:30 – 9:00PM.

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Election at the Inman Middle School Cafeteria on September 13 from 6:30 – 9:00PM. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the VHCA, and we have some special events planned. 

Celebration, song, coffee and dessert

Inman Middle School and Springdale Park Elementary (SPARK's) Advanced Choruses will perform. We've invited past board members to attend and be recognized, and we'll give out grants as we do every year. San Francisco Coffee will have coffee and dessert available for purchase.

All residents of Virginia-Highland are encouraged to attend and – if you're not already – become involved in your Neighborhood Association.

Past Board members please note

Please contact us at if you are a past board member planning to attend so that we can be sure to recognize you. Look for a more detailed agenda and reminder next week, and please plan to attend.

Election of the 2012-2013 Board

The nominating committee of the VHCA has presented a list of candidates, all of whom have declared their candidacy.

Members of the association (18 years of age residing within the official boundaries of Virginia-Highland) may vote at the meeting. In order to vote, please bring a copy of a valid ID (GA driver’s license, e.g.) or a utility bill issued within 60 days of the meeting and showing your name and address.

Absentee ballots

Members may also vote by absentee ballot. Your ballot along with a copy of one of the forms of identification mentioned above may be delivered to the offices of Tailfin Marketing (1246 Virginia Ave) by noon on Thursday, September 13th or to the Annual Meeting by its start time at 6:30 PM. Please put your ballot in a sealed envelope with the identification documents separately sealed inside or stapled to the outside. (Please cross out specific account or driver license numbers.) After your residency is verified, the identification documents will be removed and destroyed. Your ballot will remain anonymous.

Proposed bylaw revisions

Revisions to VHCA bylaws are proposed for the membership's consideration (and potential adoption) at the meeting. Here (again) are links to:

  1. the existing bylaws;
  2. the proposed new bylaws, for the membership's consideration (and potential adoption) at our Annual General Meeting on September 13th at Inman Middle School; and
  3. some explanations and commentary on the changes by their primary authors, board members Genny Ferrero and Jack White.

Full Agenda

  • Call to Order and Welcome
  • Intro of Choirs
    • Inman Middle School Chorus – Chorus Director, Stacey Tanner
    • SPARK Advanced Chorus –– Chorus Director, Brianne Turgeon – accompanied by Jenna Mobley on the banjo
  • 40th Anniversary Opening Remarks
  • History of Virginia-Highland Video
  • Intro and Recognition of Past Board Members
    • Remarks by Joseph Drolet
  • Recognition of Guests
  • Community Service Recognition
  • Nomination Committee
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Grant Awards
  • New Business
  • Closing & Adjournment

Thanks to:

  • Jenna Mobley – Photography
  • Twelve – Flowers
  • San Francisco Coffee

NPU F Meeting

NPU F meeting

3rd Monday of each month, at the Hillside facility between Courtenay Dr and Monroe Dr. Access is available from 1301 Monroe Dr, opposite the CSO facility on Monroe. Parking is available at the rear of the building off Monroe Dr.

More information at the NPU F website

What is a Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU)?

The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government. The system enables citizens to express ideas and comment on city plans and proposals while assisting the city in developing plans that best meet the needs of their communities.