Tentative Agenda: December VHCA Board/General Meeting

VaHi-Logo-Vertical-Hypen-RGBFollowing is the tentative agenda for tonight’s general meeting of the VHCA Board of Directors. The meeting will be held at the public library on Ponce de Leon Ave. and will start at 7 PM. The meeting is open to the public and interested residents are encouraged to attend

  • Tentative Agenda
  • Call to Order
  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Police & Fire Dept. representatives- Zone 6
  • City of Atlanta officials; other public officials & municipal representatives
  • Planning Committee – Variances
  • Fire Station 19 Fundraising
  • Fundraising Committee – Tour of Homes report
  • Parks Committee – John Howell Park construction update
  • Calendar update
  • New Business
  • Adjournment

 

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Tentative Agenda for August Monthly Meeting of VHCA BOD

VaHi-Logo-Vertical-Hypen-RGBCall to Order 

Adoption of Agenda

Police and Fire Dept. representatives – Zone 6

City of Atlanta officials; other public officials & municipal representatives

Variances

V-14-141, 885 Adair Ave; zoning is R-4

Applicant and owner Nandita Koehler seeks a variance to reduce the (east) side-yard setback from 7’ (required) to 2.9’ (existing) for the addition of a patio with roof and to raise the roof over the kitchen area.

The existing rear porch will be removed, and the lot coverage will drop  to 49.9 %.  The appropriate neighbors (884, 892 Highland View; 881, 882, 888, 891, 892 Adair) have been notified; lots behind 885 Adair face Highland View and the lot beside is along Barnett.)  A Planning Committee site visit observed no impacted trees and no stormwater issues; the Committee unanimously recommended approval conditioned on a site plan stamped and dated by the CoA on 7-8-14.  (Mr. Bullock, who is married to the architect on this project, did not participate in this decision.)

V-14-158; 862 Ponce de Leon Place NE; zoning is R-4

Applicant Dan Hanlon on behalf of owner Adam Bane seeks a variance to reduce the front-yard setback from 35’ (required) to 30’ (existing in part) to allow an addition to a single-family residence.

The house front already sits at 30’ on the north half; the renovation will square off the front (making it 30’ at all points) and provide a second-story addition.  A Planning Committee site visit reveals that one tree is impacted; the arborist has approved its removal, as it is very close to the current foundation. The applicant agreed to route the additional stormwater from the 2nd-story to the amply-sized grassed rear yard of the lot.

Notification letters went out on Monday 8/4, and the applicants are speaking to the neighbors. (The required addresses are 856, 866, 863, 857 Ponce de Leon Place NE, 695 Pylant St., and – possibly –  089 Drewry St.)

The Planning Committee recommends approval of V-14-158 conditioned on provision of proof of mailing or other neighbor notification and the site plan stamped and dated 7-23-14, revised to note that the stormwater from the new addition will be discharged in the rear yard of the property.

V-14-153; 700 Park Drive NE; zoning is R4 in the Beltline Overlay District; original variance application was V-12-140

Owner Shannon Gaggero constructed a 52”-high inch solid fence (a wall under CoA Zoning regulations, which requires 50% open space and limits the height to 48”) without a building permit or variance application in the half-depth front yard setback (alongside the Elmwood Drive side of the house.)  Assisted by builder Barry Wright, she seeks a variance to make this nonconforming wall legal. The wall consists of alternating 1×6 and 1×4 vertical boards.

After discussion, the applicant agreed to remove every other 4” board from the wall, which will still provide some privacy and allow for the passage of light and air.  The Committee agreed to support this modification, conditioned upon submission of a revised site plan.

V-14-117; 1221 Monroe Drive (southeast corner of Amsterdam and Monroe); zoning is R4

Applicant Paul Durick (with designer Mark Knight) seeks a revised variance to reduce the half-depth front yard setback (along Amsterdam) from the required 17’5” feet to 3’ feet (existing) for a rear addition in line with the existing structure.

The applicant’s revised plans change the location of the parking pad and leave the final proposed site coverage at 49.97%.  There will be no changes (other than repair of surface deficiencies) to the shared driveway in the existing easement along the south boundary on Monroe. The existing 6’-high solid fence along Amsterdam behind the house will be removed and replaced with a compliant fence that is 3’ ft. back from lot line.  Three trees in the buildable area will be removed; one is DDH, and compensation will be paid for the other two. The increased stormwater form the addition (which will flow downhill away from Monroe easterly toward Orme Creek 150 yards away) will be gathered in 4 flow-wells to the east of addition; a Grasscrete©-style hexagonal paver system will used in the new driveway.  At the rear of the property, three new trees will be installed suitable for the wet and sunny conditions that exist there, which should support eventual large growth and provide significant storm water absorption capacity.  A new walkway shown as pea gravel on the new plans was intended to be mulch; that will be revised and remove that area from the impervious calculations.

The revised plans were submitted to the neighbors the day before the meeting; the rear neighbors to the east and the adjacent neighbors who share the driveway were present at the Planning Committee meeting and found the plans as presented and conditioned acceptable.  (Proof of notification is needed for 1222, 1218, 1217, 1229, 1230 Monroe and 633 Amsterdam. )

The Planning Committee recommends approval conditioned on proof of neighbor notification and the following modifications to the site plan stamped and dated 8-5-14: the pea gravel walk becomes mulch, the new fence is specifically marked as no greater than 42” high and 50% open, and the size and species of the new trees are noted.  (Mr. Van Horne lives next door and did not participate in this decision.)

Budget: Peggy Berg

Planning Comm: Master Plan update; Monroe Drive traffic calming; Music Midtown; IMS expansion and the Field of Dreams

Safety: Peggy Berg – Sidewalk ordinance; Jack White – SPARK Safe Routes to School

Grants: Peggy Berg, Jess Windham, Lola Carlisle

Parks Committee: David Brandenberger, Lauren Wilkes Fralick, Jack White – John Howell Park construction update

New Business and Announcements: Annual General Meeting – Sept. 18, 2014; 7 PM; Inman Middle School; Lola Carlisle – nominations for 2014/15 VHCA BoD

Adjournment

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Tentative Agenda for VHCA January 2014 Board and General Meeting

Virginia-Highland Civic Association BoD Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, January 13, 2013; Ponce de Leon Library 

Tentative Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Reports from Police & Fire Dept. representatives

City of Atlanta officials

Other elected officials & guests

  • Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes
  • Alex Beasley, Trees Atlanta

Planning Committee

V-13-264 Glen Arden Way NE; zoning is R-4.

Applicants  Ashley Peck seeks a variance to reduce the front yard setback from 35’ (required0 to the existing 23’ to add heated space in the attic within the existing footprint.   A Planning Comm visit on observed no tree or runoff issues.  The applicant has notified the appropriate neighbors. The Planning com recommends approval conditioned on a site plan dated Nov 25, 2013.

V-13-265 976 Adair Ave. NE; zoning is R-4.

Applicant Lisa Pringle seeks a variance to (1-A) reduce the east side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 5’ and (1-B) to reduce the rear yard setback from 15’ required) to 6’ (credit given for half of a 10’ alley) to build an accessory structure (storage shed begun w/o permit and already substantially complete); and (2) a variance to reduce the west side yard setback from 7’ to 5’ to allow an extension in line with the existing structure on that side.  A Planning Com site visit indicated that notation of one tree was needed; ti has been made.  A 55-gallon (minimum) rain barrel is being added to the west side addition to prevent additional stormwater from reaching the adjacent neighbors..  The removal of an existing deck in the rear will reduce lot coverage from to 57%  49.29%.  The appropriate neighbors have been notified.

The Planning Comm recommended approval based on the filing of a revised site plan that matches the one displayed and signed off on at the Planning Comm meeting, which adds a requested rain barrel.

V-13-284 1038 St. Charles Ave.; zoning is RG-2.

Applicants Ben and Melissa Redwine request (1() a variance to0 reduce the west side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 2’ (already existing) and (2) a requust to add heated a space to a proposed new finished basement. No external changes will be made.  The FAR is going from 3102 to 3908 (31%->38%), well within the permitted limits for this zoning.  The existing lot coverage of  50.84% will not change. An exhausting number of neighbors have been notified.

The Planning Committee recommended approval conditioned on the site plan dated Dec 18, 2013.

Master Plan Update – Jenifer Keenan & Jess Windham

Committee Reports –

Tour of Homes – Angelika Taylor

Budget – Jack White & Peggy Berg

Communication – Revised VHCA logo – Lola Carlisle and John Becker

2014 Goals & Budgets – Jack White

Calendar Items

Adjournment

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Agenda Set for October 14, 2013 VHCA Monthly Meeting

Virginia-Highland Civic Association BoD Monthly Meeting

7:00 PM;  Monday, October 14, 2013; Church of Our Saviour

Agenda

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda & Minutes

Reports from Police & Fire Dept. representatives

City of Atlanta officials –

Other elected officials & guests

Planning Committee

Variances – Lola Carlisle

V-13-151; 1145 Briarcliff Place; zoning is R4

Applicant Scott Reale on behalf of owner Alice Washington seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the east side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 3’1” for a new accessory building.   Planning Committee recommends approval w. conditions.

V-13-139; 765 Highland Terrace NE; zoning is R4

Applicant April Ingraham on behalf of owner Jenna Angst seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the front yard setback from 35’ (required) to 34’ and the west side yard setback from 7’ to 4.2’ to construct a two-story residence.

(2) notification to the neighbors of new plans, (3) added note of no modifications to existing garage or water addition to the proposed studio, and (4) notification to city arborist and (5) notification CoA DWM of pending stormwater issues and proposed retention solutions. Passed unanimously.

V-13-139; 960 Highland Terrace NE; zoning is R-4

Applicant David Ogram seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the west side yard setback from 7’ to 3’ for a new garage.  Lot coverage is now under 50%. Planning Committee recommends approval with conditions.

V-13-179, 1077 Lanier Blvd NE ; zoning is R-4

Applicant “Pfeil Family Partnership LLC” request a variance from the southwest side yard setback from  7’ required to 4’ (already existing) to add a 2nd floor addition.  Planning Committee recommends approval.

V-13- V-13-180, 962 Rosedale Road; zoning is R-4

Applicant Mark Arnold (on behalf of owners and residents Sarah McCormack)David Ogram seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the front yard setback from 35’ (required) and the north side yard setback from 7’ (required) to 5’ to add a 2nd floor addition.  Planning Committee recommends approval.

Request for support for waiver of distance requirement (250′ minimum from church required) for liquor retail sales – Toscano and Sons Specialty Food Market, N. Highland Ave. (next to Paper Source); owner is Kathy Boehmer

Master Plan Update – Jenifer Keenan & Jess Windham

Committee Assignments & Reports

New Business

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

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Agenda Set for August 12 VHCA Board and General Meeting

VHLogo_color_horiz_letterheadHere’s the tentative agenda for tonight’s monthly board and general meeting of the VHCA. The public is invited to attend the meeting which will be held at the public library on Ponce de Leon Ave. and start at 7:00 PM.

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda (with permission for chair to rearrange order as needed) & Minutes

Reports from Police & Fire Department representatives

City of Atlanta officials

Other Elected Officials & Guests

  • Joan Garner, Fulton County Zone 6 Commissioner
  • Kate Baltzell, Trees Atlanta education coordinator (Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum)

Planning Committee – Lola Carlisle

Variances – Lola Carlisle

VaHi Master Plan – Jenifer Keenan and Jess Windham

Fundraising

  • Summerfest – Pam Papner
  • Tour of Homes – Angelika Taylor

Safety Committee – Peggy Berg

  • Sidewalks update
  • Streets Alive – Sunday, October 6, 2013

Parks –  Lauren Wilkes-Fralick

  • John Howell Park update

New Business

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

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Tentative Agenda Set for July 8 VHCA Board and General Meeting

Here’s the tentative agenda for tonight’s meeting which will be held at the public library on Ponce de Leon Ave. starting at 7 PM. The public is invited.

Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda (with permission for chair to rearrange order as needed) and Minutes

Reports from Police and Fire Dept. representatives

  • Special report by Lt. Jeff Baxter of APD’s new Path Force BeltLine Patrol

City of Atlanta officials

Other elected officials and guests

Planning Committee – Lola Carlisle

Change of agent and change of corporate ownership for liquor license:

  • Erik Maier, Yeah Burger, 1017 North Highland Ave. NE.  (No LRB filing number provided by NPU-F; requested for this meeting from applicant.)  Applicant reports no history of liquor code violations or charges; in-house training program to continue. Subject to provision of application in a timely manner, Planning Committee unanimously recommends forwarding to NPU-F with no objection.

Variances:

  • V-13-021;  960 Highland Terrace NE  – withdrawn by applicant.  Planning Committee recommends denial without prejudice.
  • V-13-077;  770 Greenwood Ave. NE.; RG2 zoning; revised application for a reduction in the side yard setback from 7’ required to 3’ for the construction of a new garage and 2nd floor office.  Requested setback minimizes impact on 30”+ slash pine in NW corner of yard that si believed to be the largest such tree in the neighborhood. Planning Committee unanimously recommends approval, subject to provision of all letters of notification and standard VaHi accessory building conditions (60A maximum electrical service and plumbing restricted to hose bib connection only with no connection to sewer system), and applicant’s promise – in light of reduced buffer) to be mindful of construction impacts on east-side neighbor.
  • V-13-099;  1062 Maryland Ave NE; R-4 zoning.   Applicant requests a reduction in the rear yard setback to 5’ to expand the southwest corner of an existing garage being rebuilt on an otherwise existing foundation.  The application includes a toilet and sink inside the garage.  The applicant has appropriately notified the neighbors.  Noting the historic potential and practice of some such structures being converted to illegal residences, the Planning Committee unanimously recommends approval of the expanded rear setback with standard VaHi accessory building conditions (60A maximum electrical service and plumbing restricted to hose bib connection only with no connection to sewer system.)
  • V-13-101; 1050 Ponce de Leon Ave (Briarcliff Summit);  R-4 zoning.  Deferred at request of the applicant.
  • V-13-116; 848  Highland Terrace NE; R-4 zoning.  Appeal of property owners at 854 Highland Terrace NE of a City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management riparian buffer delineation at 848 Highland Terrace and the subsequent issuance of a building permit based on that decision.  Planning Committee unanimously recommends support of the appeal and the use of a standard and typical buffer delineation.

VaHi Transportation Plan – Jenifer Keenan and Jess Windham

Fundraising

  • Summerfest – Pam Papner
  • Tour of Homes – Angelika Taylor

Safety Committee – Peggy Berg

  • Sidewalks update
  • Streets Alive – Sunday, October 6, 2013

Parks –  Lauren Wilkes-Fralick

  • John Howell Park update

New Business

Calendar Items – Lola Carlisle

Adjournment

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