Agenda Posted for December VHCA Board of Directors Meeting

Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors

Monday, December 12th 2016; 7:00 PM; Ponce de Leon Library

Proposed Agenda

Note: A PDF of the agenda can be found here.

Call to Order and Adoption of Agenda

APD – Recognized upon arrival

Other Public Officials & Municipal Representatives

Other guests (may be deferred at discretion of Chair to New Business)

Regan Hammond, Renew Atlanta

Update on Monroe Drive Complete Streets Project

Planning Committee

  • Variances
    • V-16-320 1165 Monroe Drive

Applicant seeks a variance to reduce the north sideyard setback to install a second-floor addition in the existing footprint.

  • Liquor Licenses – Jenifer Keenan
    • None
  • Recent Annexation by City of Atlanta  – Jenifer Keenan

History and Preservation Committee

  • History Tours – Robin Ragland
  • Old Voice Editions – Robin Ragland

Budget Committee/Treasurer’s Report

Parks Committee

  • Update on Triangle Maintenance – David Brandenberger
  • North Highland Park – David Brandenberger and Kay Stephenson

Fundraising Committee

  • Tour of Homes – Robin Ragland
  • Breakfast with Santa and Santathon – Robin Ragland
  • End of Year Donations – Robin Ragland
  • Summerfest – Jenifer Keenan

Safety Committee

Communications Committee:

  • Update on Online Survey – Kay Stephenson and Cindy Kaufman

Calendar: (All meetings are public)

  • NPU-F Monthly Meeting at Hillside: Mon., Dec. 19th at 7pm
  • VHCA Planning Committee at Garrison Hall, Church of Our Savior: Wed., Jan. 4th at 7pm
  • VHCA BoD at Ponce de Leon Library: Mon., Jan 9th at 7pm

New Business

  • Vote on Committee Goals 2016/2017
  • Motion to Defer Budget Vote

Adjournment

Agenda: October VHCA Monthly Board and General Meeting

VaHi-Logo-Vertical-Hypen-RGBFollowing is the tentative agenda for the Monday October 13 monthly Board/General meeting of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association:

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Welcome from Reverend Zachary Thompson

Police & Fire Dept. representatives: Zone 6

City of Atlanta officials; other public officials & municipal representatives

Variances

V-14--200; 841 Virginia Circle (SW corner of De Leon Ave.); the zoning is R-4 in the BeltLine Overlay.

Applicant Cathie Magnan Power (on behalf of owners Allan & Lori Levy) seeks a variance to reduce the required half-depth front yard setback (along De Leon Ave.,  on the west) from 17.5’ (existing) to 8’ to allow for a rear addition (with a garage underneath) to an existing single-family dwelling.

The addition will be level with the main floor of the existing home; garage access will be from De Leon Avenue.   A new terrace will act as a rain garden to capture stormwater.  Unrelated to this project, concrete from an old parking pad in the very rear of the lot adjacent to a very old oak tree will be removed by hand. Letters of notification were sent on 9/29/14 to 825, 826, 840, 843, & 844 Virginia Aves and 828, 840, & 846 Adair Avenue.

The Planning Committee unanimously recommended approval conditioned on the applicant’s provision of a revised site plan stamped by the City showing elevations and better tree details.

V-14-213; 815 Drewry St. NE.   Deferred at request of applicant.

V-14-197; 657 Cresthill; the zoning is R-4 

Applicants and owners Kasey Libbey seek a variance to reduce the west sideyard setback from 7′ (required) to 3′ to allow a new addition and deck on the rear of the property.

The proposed additions total 1081 s.f. and bring the lot coverage to 50%. Two boundary trees (a 36’ hardwood and a 24” pine) will be lost. Though the applicant’s infiltration test suggests that no formal mitigation is required by city regulations, they are adding a 65 s.f. rain garden at the southwest corner to accommodate new stormwater.

The Planning Committee unanimously recommended approval based on the applicant’s provision of a revised site plan matching that one signed at the Planning Committee meeting that included the rain garden. (Mr. Bulloch did not participate in this vote.)

2014/15 Committee Appointments:

  • Communication: John Becker, Chair; Lola Carlisle
  • Finance: Peggy Berg and Jack White (ex-officio), Co-Chairs; Lola Carlisle; Jess Windham
  • Fundraising – Summerfest: John Becker & Paige Hewitt, Co-Chairs, Lola Carlisle, Pam Papner.
  • Fundraising – Tour of Homes: Robin Ragland & Angelika Taylor, Co-Chairs; Lola Carlisle
  • Parks: David Brandenberger, Chair; John Becker, Lauren Fralick, Colleen Lysen, Jack White
  • Planning: (rotating chairs); David Brandenberger, Chip Bullock; Lola Carlisle; Karen Feigh, Jenifer Keenan, George Van Horne, Jack White, Jess Windham
  • Safety: Peggy Berg, Chair

Appointments to the Virginia-Highland Conservation League (VHCL) Board (term is three years): Genny Ferrero, Judy Potter, Jack White

ToH update – Angelika, Robin

Music Midtown update – Jack

JHP construction update – David

Calendar update – Lola

New Business

Adjournment

Tentative Agenda for Tonight’s VHCA Monthly Board/General Meeting

Virginia-Highland Civic Association Board of Directors Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, March 10, 2014; Virginia-Highland Church 

Tentative Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Police & Fire Dept. representatives

City of Atlanta officials

Other elected officials & guests

Budget Committee – Peggy Berg

Planning Committee

V-13-265 – 976 Adair Ave NE

Applicant Patti Hinkle has amended her variance application to and now seeks to reduce the setback to 5’ from the rear property line,  a distance that will end any question as to whether her (already existing) accessory structure is appropriately distanced from the boundary.  (The measurement is difficult to make, as the line is behind a tall fence.)  The Planning Committee unanimously recommended approval and waived the applicant’s appearance.

Toscano @ Sons Italian Market Alcohol License Transfer – 1050 N. Highland Ave. NE

Applicant Kathy Boehmer of Toscano & Sons Italian Market is transferring this business’ alcohol license from its previous location. The application has not come to us from the NPU; the applicant furnished a copy of the application.  The applicants had no liquor violations at their previous location and conduct their own training program, carding everyone.  The Planning Committee unanimously recommends approval, contingent upon city’s paperwork reaching the NPU by its meeting on 3-17-14.

V-14-031 – 669 Elmwood Drive NE

Applicant Jennifer Hansen seeks a variance to reduce the front yard setback from required 35’ to 18’ 4” (existing) and the east side yard setback from required 7’ to 1’ 7” (existing) for a 2nd story addition.  The addition is entirely within the existing setbacks; a site visit on 3-2-14 revealed no tree or runoff issues; the applicant is nonetheless considering adding stormwater retention capacity.  The Planning Committee recommends approval conditioned on a site plan dated 2-14-14.

V-14-012 – 959 Todd Road NE

Applicant Marsha Scott seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the required rear yard setback from 15’ to 3’ (using half of the 10’ rear alley for credit toward setback).  The application required a re-platting of the (north) side yard property line, previously shown as an alley; the applicant’s request to that end was approved by the City of Atlanta Planning Department on 1-23-14, a decision that has been appealed by an adjacent neighbor.  The case will be heard by the BZA on 5-1-14.  The applicants wish to continue the variance process, averring that construction will not commence until the appeal is resolved.  At its meeting on 3-5, the Planning Committee solely addressed the variance issue and the applicant’s revised plan; at the applicant’s request, the application was deferred until the April Planning meeting.

Parks Committee – Lauren Wilkes Fralick, David Brandenburger

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle: New permanent site for VHCA Planning mtgs: Garrison Hall, Church of Our Saviour

Master Plan Presentation – Jenifer Keenan, Jess Windham, & Aaron Fortner of Market + Main

Adjournment

Tentative Agenda for February 10 VHCA Board/General Meeting

Virginia-Highland Civic Association BoD Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, February 10, 2014; Church of Our Saviour, 1068 N. Highland Ave.

Tentative Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Reports from Police & Fire Dept. representatives

City of Atlanta officials

Other elected officials & guests

  • Dr. Gerry Neumark, President, President, APAB
  • Presentation on Open Door Residential Community (sometimes referred to as a Protestant Catholic Worker House), 910 Ponce de Leon Ave.; Mary Catherine Johnson

Planning Committee

V-14-005; 1055 Amsterdam Ave. NE; zoning is R-4.

Applicant Dan Hanlon (on behalf of owner Stephen Roach) proposes an extension of the existing home to the rear of the house and seeks variances to (1) reduce the eastern side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 3’ in line with the existing structure on that side; (2) reduce the front yard setback from 35’ (required) to 28’ (existing is ); and (3) reduce the half-depth front yard setback on the west side (abutting Humphrey St.) from 17’6” (required) to 3’5” (existing).   One tree in the buildable area will be removed; two 2.5’ trees will be planted.  The lot coverage remains well under 50%.  The appropriate neighbors have been notified. The date on the city’s stamped plans was not clear. At the VHCA Planning Comm., the applicant agreed he would furnish that date (and bring a copy to the VHCA meeting) and file a more specific plan to address the new stormwater created by the addition, specifically demonstrating that it would not flow downhill onto the eastern neighbor.  Subject to those conditions, the Committee voted unanimously to support the application.

Z-13-056 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE

Applicant Erik Kronberg  presents a proposal to rezone and redevelop the Druid Hills Baptist Church Activities Building and parking lot.  The proposal preserves the sanctuary and contemplates a new mixed-use residential/retail/commercial development with parking.  Though the development is in Poncey/Highland [NPU-N]) – not in Virginia-Highland – this informational presentation is mandated by the re-zoning process due to its proximity to and potential impacts on our neighborhood. (Link to the rezoning application:  Z-13-056 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE.   Link to a previously released article about it: http://atlanta.curbed.com/archives/2014/01/14/ponceyhighland-church-land-could-be-destined-for-mixeduse.php)

City of Atlanta Alley Re-platting Policy

Remand of V-13-099 from Fulton county Superior Court to BZA

Master Plan Update – Jenifer Keenan & Jess Windham

2014 Goals & Budgets – Jack White & Peggy Berg

Parks Committee – Lauren Wilkes Fralick, David Brandenburger

Safety Committee – Peggy Berg

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

Agenda Set for December 9 VHCA Monthly Board/General Meeting

Following is the tentative agenda for tonight’s monthly VHCA board/general meeting:

Virginia-Highland Civic Association BoD Monthly Meeting

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

Proposed Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda & Minutes

Reports from Police & Fire representatives

City of Atlanta officials

Other elected officials & guests

Planning Committee – Jess Windham

Variances:

  • V-13-238;  990 Bellevue Drive NE
  • V-13-243;  670 Park Drive. NE
  • V-13-247;  906 Highland Terrace NE
  • V-13-256;  932 Highland View NE
  • V-13-257; 926 Highland View NE

Master Plan Update – Jenifer Keenan / Jess Windham

Tour of Homes – Suzanne Buck / Angelika Taylor

New Business

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

Agenda Set for 2013 VHCA Annual/General Meeting

VHLogo_color_horiz_letterheadFollowing is the tentative agenda for tonight’s annual/general meeting of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association.

Virginia-Highland Civic Association Annual General Meeting

6:30 PM;  Thursday, September 19, 2013; Inman Middle School Cafeteria                       

Agenda

Call to Order and Welcome

Intro of Choir

  • Music@SPARK Advanced Chorus –– Chorus Director, Brianne Turgeon

Opening Remarks

Recognition of City and Elected Representatives

  • APD
  • Georgia House of Representatives District 57: Rep. Pat Gardner
  • City of Atlanta District 6: Councilmember Alex Wan
  • APS Board of Education District 3:  Rep. Cecily Harsch-Kinnane
  • APS School Board Member-Elect Matt Westmoreland
  • Other elected representatives

Recognition of Guests

  • Candidates for At-Large seats on the APS Board of Education
  • Candidates for Atlanta City Council District 6
  • Candidates for At-Large City Council seats

Nomination Committee Report and Election of Board Members

Presentation of Committee Reports

Recognition of Retiring VHCA Board Members (Arturo Cruz-Tucker, Nicole Forschler Horn, Pam Papner, David Wolfson)

VHCA Grant Awards  for 2013

Announcement of Election Results

New Business

Closing & Adjournment

Agenda for March 11, 2013 VHCA Board and General Meeting

Virginia-Highland Civic Association Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, Monday March 11 2013; Ponce de Leon Ave. Library

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda and Approval of Minutes  

Reports from Police and Fire Representatives

City of Atlanta Officials  

Other Elected Officials and Guests

Planning Committee: Lola Carlisle

> Addition of new member Jess Windham

Variances

V-13-017, 617 Cresthill Ave NE

V-13-019, 1049 North Virginia Avenue NE

V-13-027, 988 Lanier Blvd NE

V-13-028, 750 Drewry Street NE

V-13-033, 994 Lanier Blvd NE

VHCA Goals and Budget for 2013

Fundraising

> Summerfest update – Pamela Papner

Parks:  Lauren Wilkes-Fralick

> John Howell Park report

> New Highland Park grand opening event – Pamela Papner

Safety

> Sidewalks Update – Peggy Berg

New Business

Calendar Items: Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

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

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