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September 20, 2011: Atlanta City Council Redistricting

On September 14, 2011 City Council held a townhall meeting to discuss redistricting of the City Council boundaries. Every 10 years, as a result of each U.S. Census, cities across America are tasked with the need to re-draw boundary lines of its representative areas, to achieve a balance of populations (+ - 5%) within each district.

Our City's governing body, the Atlanta City Council will create and review a variety of maps and will ultimately select a single map which will ensure that Atlanta's citizens have fair and balanced representation. This map will be presented as a part of City Charter amending legislation that will outline the new district boundaries, resulting from the 2011 decennial census.

The Municipal Clerk coordinates the City's redistricting efforts. The Planning Department provides statistical analysis and technical assistance in the mapping process. The Law Department provides legal counsel and required DOJ submissions.

Public hearings and a citizen comment web page will afford Atlanta’s citizens an opportunity to have their voices heard in the City of Atlanta 2011 Redistricting process.

Download the presentation in Power Point (4.3MB) or PDF (2.2MB) format.

August 29, 2011: Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (TIA) Process Milestones and Summary of Achievements

Milestones

Regional Overview

City of Atlanta Projects

Direct Results for City

Attend Public Meetings

Visit: www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com
E-mail: tiacomments@atlantaga.gov
Call: 404-330-6145


August 2, 2011: Capital Improvement Projects - Lee Street ADA Ramp Improvement

The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce an upcoming ADA Ramp installation project in your Council District! ADA Handicapped Ramp installation and construction will take place late July 2011 on Lee Street, between Oak Street and Park Street.

The handicapped ramps will be constructed according to the specifications of the American Disabilities Act. The construction activities are scheduled to be completed within 30 days (weather permitting). In addition, the project will include the installation of sidewalks, curbing, and spot repairs.

Construction will be conducted within the City of Atlanta's right-of-way between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm unless otherwise indicated. For questions or concerns regarding the project, please contact the Department of Public Works at (404) 330-6254 or via email at dogandaga@atlantaga.gov.


July 20, 2011: Atlanta Police Department Citizens Police Academy

Our mission: To educate the citizens of Atlanta with the operation of their Police Department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizen's to enhance police/ community relations.

The Citizens Police Academy will include dynamic instruction taught in three hour sessions. Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one night a week for a seven week period. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 9pm, beginning August 17, 2011. The last day to submit an application is August 1, 2011.

Overview of Course:

How are participants selected?

The Atlanta Police Department strives to reflect a diverse group of participants. Applicants will be evaluated and notified when they are selected to participate.

Potential candidates for the Citizens Police Academy should meet, but are not limited to the following criteria.

After completion of the application, consent forms and a waiver form, a standard background check will be completed. Applicants for the Academy will be disqualified from attending if they have been arrested for any violent crime or any crime that by nature is deemed counterproductive to the spirit and goals of the training program.

How Do I Apply?

Contact any of the following:
Your Community Liaison Unit Representative (COPS)
Sergeant Chad Hannula at (404) 546-7511 or email: channula@atlantaga.gov
Lieutenant Adam Lee III at (404) 209-5250 or email: alee@atlantaga.gov

Unless otherwise specified, the Citizen's Police Academy will be held at:
Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy
180 Southside Industrial Parkway
Atlanta GA 30354


July 6, 2011: 2011 CDP - Community Agenda & 2012-2016 CIP and STWP

Thanks for your participation in the development of the Community Agenda of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. The Community Agenda and the 2012-2016 Capital Improvements Program and Short Term Work Program have been transmitted to the Atlanta Regional Commission for their review. Both documents are on line - the 2011 CDP is at http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/planning/cdp.aspx and the CIP & STWP is at http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/planning/cip.aspx.

See the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan document for more information: Please send me your comments on these two documents including any final changes to your NPU policies by August 26th. The CIP-STWP will be on the September 12th CD/HR public hearing. Both documents will be considered by City Council for adoption prior to October 31, 2011.

Thanks again,

Jessica Lavandier
Office of Planning


July 6, 2011: See Something, Say Something Initiative

See Something, Say Something is an initiative aimed at encouraging City employees and citizens to be the eyes and ears for a safer city. A safe city requires the efforts of all. The more observant and involved employees and citizens are in their everyday lives, the less likely crime occurs undetected. If we are all watching and reporting suspicious activity, we reduce the areas where criminals feel safe committing their crimes. See Something, Say Something is aimed at creating a city where NO criminal feels safe.

The idea of See Something, Say Something is to teach everyone to be a good witness and report what they see in as much detail as possible. We are not asking anyone to put themselves in harm's way to retrieve this information, only to safely take note of what they see and hear. What drew their attention to the activity? Who was involved? What were they wearing? What was their location? How were they involved in the act? In short, the Who, What, When, Where, and How of every incident; details that will assist law enforcement in solving and often preventing a crime.

If you see suspicious activity, say something. Suspicious activity can be difficult to define, but if you see something that doesn't feel right and makes you question the activity, call 911. Keep in mind that suspicion should be based on a person's actions and not on their appearance, race, nationality or sex. We ask that if you see something suspicious in progress, call 911. Callers can remain anonymous. If a caller has information that would assist in solving a crime they can call Crime Stoppers Atlanta 404-577-TIPS (8477). The anonymous information provided through the Crime Stoppers helps law enforcement agencies in their investigations and can play a major role in the apprehension of criminals and in securing convictions.

As you go around the city during your work day you have the opportunity to become additional eyes and ears. For those of you who have radios, you will soon be trained on how to use them to report suspicious activity.

This program is for all city employees and citizens while they are at work or home. Every employee is a citizen, whether here in the city of Atlanta or in one of the surrounding cities. Being observant of your surroundings at all times is just good personal safety. Being a good witness at all times and being willing to report what you see is what will make the difference between living in a city where criminals feel comfortable operating vs. living in a city where criminals won't operate because they know everyone is watching, taking notes, and reporting.

Join us and if you See Something, Say Something! Together we can make this partnership a success.


June 24, 2011: Fulton Fresh Food Project

Fulton County Cooperative Extension is bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to your neighborhood. Stop by the Fulton Fresh truck for a healthy food cooking demonstration and to pick-up a free bag of locally grown produce for dinner.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in June and August (and possibly September), 10:00am – 11:30am, at the Shrine of the Black Madonna, 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


May 5, 2011: PEDS Sidewalk Hazard Hunt

Hunt for Sidewalk Hazards During May

Have you noticed hazardous sidewalks in your neighborhood or near your school or place of work? Are sidewalks broken, obstructed or missing sections? Do wires, parked cars, tree roots or other hazards create tripping hazards or block your way? By reporting these hazards in May, you could win prizes!

PEDS encourages you to use our online tool to report sidewalk hazards from May 1 through May 31. Local governments rarely engage in proactive sidewalk inspection, which means your involvement in reporting hazards is a critical first step toward improving safety. The recent storms brought down numerous trees and wires, which makes your help especially important at this time.

The more hazards you report during May, the more chances you have to win prizes. PEDS will hold drawings for cash and other prizes on May 16 and May 31. Check peds.org.


May 2, 2011: COPS Newsletter

The Atlanta Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) released its first newsletter, COPS Insider.

Download COPS Insider PDF (5MB) »


April 4, 2011: 2012 Grant Applications

On March 10, 2011, the Office of Grants Management kicked off the City's 2012 HUD grant application process by holding a technical assistance workshop for applicants interested in applying for funding under the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs. During the workshop the public was provided general information on the purpose of the four grant programs, the pre-qualification criteria for submitting application and attendees were provided one-on-one assistance on preparing and submitting quality applications. Attendees were also briefed on the possible grant cuts based on pending Congressional actions.

Copies of the application and instructions were distributed. All applications are due Monday, May 16, 2011 no later than 4:00 pm to the Office of Grants Management, 68 Mitchell Street, Suite 15100, Atlanta, Georgia 30335. Applicants who have questions or need technical assistance can contact the Office of Grants Management at 404-330-6112 or jbtalley@atlantaga.gov.


March 31, 2011: Atlanta Awarded $250,000 to Transform Atlanta University Center Neighborhood

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings Jr., will announced that Atlanta is among 17 cities to be awarded the first Planning Grant funding through the Department's new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Atlanta was awarded $250,000 to transform the Atlanta University Center Neighborhood into new viable and sustainable mixed-income and mixed-use neighborhood

Choice Neighborhoods Grantee: Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia
Target Public Housing Project: University Homes
Target Neighborhood: Atlanta University Center
Choice Neighborhoods Award Amount: $250,000
Category Preference: Promise Neighborhoods
Promise Neighborhoods Grantee: Morehouse School of Medicine
Promise Neighborhoods Award Amount: $500,000

Key Partners:
Clark Atlanta University
Morehouse College
Morehouse School of Medicine
Spelman College
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Purpose Built Communities
Integral Development, LLC (development partner)
Urban Collage, Inc. (planning coordinator)

Project Summary: The Atlanta University Center neighborhood is home to the country's largest concentration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs). However, the surrounding neighborhood is characterized by poverty, lack of jobs, troubled public schools, and poor quality housing, which included, until its demolition in 2009, the University Homes public housing development. The Atlanta Housing Authority and its partners have a vision of transforming the area into a “wonderful College Town area, which will rival the great college towns across the country.” The Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan, in conjunction with Morehouse School of Medicine's Promise Neighborhoods planning effort, will provide the organizational structure to implement holistic community development in the Atlanta University Center neighborhood, including a master plan for redevelopment of the former University Homes public housing development and a “community service model” to create a stable foundation for cradle-to- college educational opportunities.


March 29, 2011: Star Lab Summer Program

http://minorityhealth.org/p-student-starlab.php

The StarLab Program is designed to encourage under-represented minorities to consider pursuing careers in the public health sciences. This year the program will enroll (15) middle school students from metro-Atlanta schools. The program is conducted in collaboration with the National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc. (AMHPS) and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During the program, students are exposed to laboratory demonstrations, and hands-on laboratory experiments on selected topics in chemistry, biology, medical technology and engineering. In additions, students are able to network/interact with minority scientists from local colleges, agencies and laboratories. In addition to completing laboratory demonstrations, students are placed in groups where they conduct a laboratory experiments. The culminating event for the program is a group presentation on the findings from their laboratory research.

Eligibility Requirements

Program Logistics

Cost

Deadline

April 14, 2011
Application Available - March 15, 2011


March 21, 2011: Crime Stats News from the Atlanta Police Foundation

As a valued partner of the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Atlanta Police Department I want to share with you to the latest report on crime statistics for the city of Atlanta, as compiled by the Foundation. Our study demonstrates marked improvement in the rate of violent crime in Atlanta – a finding supported by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics.

It is a happy coincidence that our report is being published in the wake of last month's flawed US News & World Report story that identified Atlanta as the nation's second most crime-ridden city. The attached study illustrates with precision the falsehood perpetrated by the US News piece.

As well-intentioned as the US News piece may have been it uses data that the FBI consistently cautions should not be used for comparative purposes. And it groups together truly violent crimes with property crimes – a flawed analysis that does a disservice to that publication's readers, the people of our city and the Atlanta Police Department.

I urge you to dig into the details. It shows that our violent crime rate is down 53 percent over the past seven years. Our total crime rate is down 40 percent over that same period. And our “most dangerous ranking” – pegs Atlanta at #25, not #2 as cited by US News. (You can download the full report from our website: www.atlantapolicefoundation.org

Clearly there is still much work to be done. But thanks to the efforts of the Atlanta Police Department, Chief Turner and his Command Team, Mayor Reed and you we have made great strides towards making Atlanta the safest large city in America.

Please share this information widely. If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to call Chief Turner or myself.

Sincerely,
W. David Wilkinson
President & CEO
Atlanta Police Foundation


March 16, 2011: Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS)

Come Back to Your NPU * We've missed you * Come see what you have been missing

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 es-tablished in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to partici-pate 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 func-tions of city government. The sys-tem 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 communi-ties. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to consider commu-nity concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, as well as to any corpo-ration, organization, institution, or agency which owns property or has a place of business within the NPU.

Who will I see at my NPU?
Representatives from Public Safety, and on request, other city services will be there to answer all your questions and make note of issues you want to be ad-dressed. Its is also a great opportunity to meet and greet your neighbors.

What's new at my NPU?
The City of Atlanta Police Department has a newly formed section called Com-munity Oriented Policing (COPS). Within this Section is the Community Liaison Unit with fifty officers dedicated to identi-fying community issues, developing strategies and implement multi-disciplinary solutions within neighbor-hoods. Because they are not 911 driven they can dedicate ample time to the neighborhood's longstanding issues. This frees up the Zone patrol officer so he can get back to fighting crime. Our goal is to educate, empower, and foster partnerships within Atlanta's communi-ties towards an outcome of reduced crime and a better quality of life.

Officers from the Community Liaison Unit (CLU) will be available at all NPU meetings city wide. We will arrive prior to the start of the meeting (30 min.) eager to speak with you. Come see what we can accomplish together.

Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS)

The Police Athletic League (PAL)
After School Programs / Tutoring
Organized Sports & Games
Mentoring Programs
Conflict Resolution
Summer Camps

Community Liaison Unit
Code Compliance Matters
Environmental Crime Prevention Techniques
Neighborhood Planning Unit Coordination
Volunteers in Policing (VIP)
Identity Theft
Graffiti Abatement

Crime Prevention Unit
Crime Prevention Training
Neighborhood Watch Training & Development
Senior Citizen's Activities
Safety v Awareness Workshops
Child Identification Programs

Weed & Seed
Drug Interdiction and Intervention
Youth Mentoring
Youth Camps
Re-entry Monitoring Programs


March 10, 2011: APAB Award

Vice Chair Carter presented a recognition award on behalf of APAB to Steve Wilson from the Boys & Girls Club at the February 9, 2011 NPU-T meeting.


February 17, 2011: Wrap-up from Schools Town Hall meeting, 2/3

Greetings, neighbors!

Thank you for the tremendous show of support and concerns expressed for the welfare and education of our children. Your attendance at last week's Emergency Schools Town Hall meeting brought together more than 100 parents and grandparents, community leaders, clergy and concerned citizens. I heard you loud and clear -- you expect the Board to do whatever it takes to save the district's accreditation AND you want to be part of helping our schools be the best they can be for our children.

Action Steps:

For updates on SACS accreditation and the CRCT investigation, please visit the APS website at www.atlanta.k12.ga.us. For the next several months, the Board will meet each Monday from 5-8PM to work on the SACS requirements; and starting on February 21st, the Board will stream its SACS meetings live from the APS website and archive them for later viewing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Khaatim S. El
Home #: 404-752-7523
Khaatim S. El
Atlanta Board of Education
District 2 Representative
1286 W. Fair Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Home #: (404) 752-7523
Email: khaatim@khaatimforourkids.com

To learn more about the work Khaatim is doing in the community, and get involved, visit www.khaatimforourkids.com!


February 9, 2011: Zone One Precinct Reassignments

To my Zone One Family,

As many of you may know, Wednesday, February 9, 2011, will be my last day as your Zone One Commander. I have been reassigned to the Community Oriented Policing Section. Major Timothy Quiller (404-783-2310) will join the Zone One family as my replacement. He comes to you with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

I have enjoyed working with you. I hope that our journey has in some way improved your quality of life; and ignited transformation in an area of the city that is rich with culture and history. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for engaging in the journey with me and for all your assistance when called upon. But, most of all thank you for the encouragement you gave me along the way that kept me focused and motivated.

I will continue to serve you in my new assignment with all the fondness and dedication to service I have for you, my Zone One Family.

With sincere thanks,

Major V.S Dalton
Zone One Commander
"Zone One, Second to None"


February 7, 2011: Homestead Exemption

Fulton County Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 1

2011 Homestead Exemption amount increased

The Fulton County Board of Assessors reminds property owners that April 1, 2011 is the deadline to file for homestead exemption. The basic homestead exemption amount increased from $25,000 to $30,000 for the 2011 tax year. If you are currently receiving the basic homestead exemption, you do not need to reapply unless there is a change of ownership on the property. The increased amount will automatically be granted to homeowners who are currently receiving this exemption and to first-time applicants who qualify.

To qualify for any exemptions, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1, 2011 and be a permanent legal resident of Fulton County. You also are required to present a valid Georgia photo identification and provide a current copy of your Fulton County vehicle registration.

Visit the Fulton County Baord of Assessors website for more information on applying for homestead exemption.


February 3, 2011: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine - Request for Proposals 2011

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is again presenting the public art initiative, "Art on the Atlanta BeltLine." Artists are invited to submit proposals for temporary works of visual and performing art to be a part of this event, scheduled to take place September through November of this year.

In its first year, "Art on the BeltLine" became the largest temporary art project in the history of Atlanta. Including over 270 visual artists, performers, musicians and historic preservationists, it was a tremendous success, placing established and emerging artists together on the Atlanta BeltLine.

Now we are looking to do it again, to engage more artists, to bring more Atlantans into the corridor, to merge art with landscape and to ensure that the Atlanta BeltLine is enjoyed by all.

The Atlanta BeltLine is an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and development that reclaims abandoned railways. With an emphasis on cultural amenities and revitalizing neighborhoods, it has the potential to redefine the city and make it a better place to live. Find additional information about the Atlanta BeltLine at www.beltline.org.

Potential projects should reflect the historic, environmental, cultural, functional, urban design, and/or aesthetic parameters of the sites and should be well-researched, well-planned and feasible. Although not limited to the following examples, potential projects might include all or some of the following:

Potential art projects may be designed for site-specific installation but this is not a requirement. Contemporary and interdisciplinary approaches, innovative uses (or re-uses) of materials and new technologies are encouraged. Applicants may wish to consider ways in which some level of community involvement might be facilitated in the creation of ongoing interaction of the projects.

Proposed materials should be modestly priced and durable with minimal maintenance in an outdoor setting. All works must be designed to be safely removed at the end of the designated period, or disintegrate safely into the environment. No works or materials deemed to be dangerous, toxic or hazardous to public safety will be accepted and all construction methods must be adequate and safe for public interaction. While we would like to have projects that last throughout the exhibition period, we are also interested in performance works or ephemeral works that could be scheduled periodically throughout the timeframe. If the location or its elements (trees, slope, etc.) might be part of the concept, we will identify volunteers to work with the artist(s) to help prepare the site, clear underbrush, etc.

Location/sites

Proposed projects will be presented in the following sections of the Atlanta BeltLine:

  1. Between Piedmont Park and Dekalb Avenue
  2. Between Wylie Street and Glenwood Avenue
  3. Between Washington Park and Allene Avenue (NPU-T)

Additional spaces may become available as the project progresses. Applicants will be notified of any changes.

Atlanta BeltLine Walking Tours

Periodic tours of sections of the Atlanta BeltLine will be conducted. You are encouraged to explore the trails during one of these tours to be better educated about the terrain and history of the Atlanta BeltLine. Check art.beltline.org for details.

BUDGET

Amounts to be awarded are up to $4,000. Please note that funds are limited and the average award last year was $1,800. The amount will be at the discretion of the selection panel. Of the total grant amount, artists should incorporate a minimum of 20% as an artist fee in the budget that must be submitted with each proposal. The award will cover the design (including artist's fee), fabrication, shipping, installation, maintenance, and de-installation of the project. Artists may solicit contributions of materials or cash from other sources.

TIMELINE

Call for artist proposals published: February 2nd
Workshops: February 17th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd
Deadline for entries: March 28th
Panel review: Week of April 4th
Accepted entries notified: April 15th
Artist orientations: Week of April 25th
Initial payments issued: May 6th
Installation period: July-August
Exhibition officially opens: September 10th
Begin de-installation: November 14th
Final de-installation: December 12th

WORKSHOPS

Installation will begin the week of July 25th. Projects must be installed no later than August 31st. A timeline and installation schedule will be developed with each artist or artist team.

Four workshops will be hosted that will provide additional information and answer questions about this exciting project:

Date: Thursday, February 17th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: West End Performing Arts Center
945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30310

SUBMISSIONS

All materials must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday March 28th, 2011.

If you would like to submit your documents electronically, please go to art.beltline.org, see link on the right side of the page. Please submit files in a single PDF format where possible.

If you would like to submit your documents by U.S. mail or walk in, please submit a CD containing your materials. Please address all materials to:

E. Fred Yalouris Temporary Art Project Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
86 Pryor Street, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303

Submissions must include the following materials:

  1. Contact information including name, address, telephone and email address;
  2. A written narrative describing your proposal (ONE PAGE OR LESS);
  3. Visual Artists should submit five digital images of previous work (JPEG or PDF) or related projects of recent artworks (not to exceed 1024 x 768 pixels at a minimum of 150 dpi provided on disk or uploaded) accompanied by a sheet with description of each work sample;
  4. Performing Artists should submit a brief description and context for work sample. The samples should be on a DVD or provide a URL to an online source with no more than 3 minutes of recorded material;
  5. Musicians may submit a work sample on CD or a URL to an online source;
  6. Biographical information including previous experience for all team members, including all contact information for each;
  7. List of materials and installation guidelines, including a step by step process for installation;
  8. Detailed budget for fabrication and installation including artist's fee.

For questions or further information, please contact:
Elan Buchen
Public Art Administrator Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. ebuchen@atlbeltline.org
404-588-5466


January 27, 2011: Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3

"Strengthening Atlanta's Neighborhoods – One Property at a Time"

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 provided an additional $1 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) originally established under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $4,906,758.00 directly to the City of Atlanta under a third round of NSP funding known as NSP3.

NSP3 funds will be used to stabilized neighborhoods whose viability has been, and continues to be, damaged by the economic effects of properties that have been foreclosed upon and abandoned. The funds will specifically be used for the purpose of assisting in the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes in targeted neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta.

The City of Atlanta is soliciting public comments on the NSP3 substantial amendment to the 2010-2014 City of Atlanta Local Consolidated Plan and 2010 Annual Action Plan from January 28, 2011 – February 14, 2011. The NSP3 substantial amendment will be available for review on the City of Atlanta website on January 28.

NSP3 PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

January 28, 2011 - February 14, 2011

Comments must be submitted in writing to:
bureauofhousingnsp@Atlantaga.gov
or
City of Atlanta, Office of Housing-NSP
68 Mitchell Street, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30303

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Old City Council Chambers
68 Mitchell Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

AGENDA

For more information about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) or the public meeting, please contact the Office of Housing at 404-330-6390 or email to bureauofhousingnsp@atlantaga.gov.


January 24, 2011: 2011 Fulton County Budget

A snapshot of the 2011 General Fund Budget approved by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on January 19th.


January 20, 2011: 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan & NPU Policies

The Office of Planning is in the process of developing the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan (2011 CDP). The Community Assessment, the Community Participation Plan and the Community Agenda are the three components of the 2011 CDP. Drafts of the Community Assessment and the Community Participation Plan are online at http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/planning/cdp.aspx for your review and comment. The Community Assessment includes a 20 year population forecast. A population forecast was made for the City of Atlanta and for each NPU. Read a summary of the population forecast for NPU-T.

The Community Agenda of the 2011 CDP will be developed through a community participation process. The first citywide meeting to introduce the planning process will be held on Saturday, January 29th from 9:30am to 12:00 noon at the Helene Mills Senior Center at 515 John Wesley Dobbs. Subsequently, there will be 3 rounds of meetings. Each meeting will be held 7 times, once per planning area. The first round, to discuss Issues and Opportunities, will be held between January 27th and February 17th. The meeting for the Intown South Planning area (NPUs S, T & V) will be on Thursday, January 27th, at the Center for Working Families/Dunbar Center, located at 477 Windsor Street, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The second round of meetings to be held in February to delineate Character Areas, a new component of the CDP. The third round of meetings will be held in April to develop vision and policies for the Character Areas.

An important component of the Community Agenda are the NPU Policies. The NPU policies were last updated in 2007 as part of the 2008 CDP. Read your NPU policies currently in the 2008 CDP as well as all of the NPU policies. Please review and update your NPU policies. Please send me your NPU policies by Friday April 1, 2011 so that they can be included in the draft Community Agenda that will be available by mid May.

Thanks for your participation in the planning process. Let me know if you have any comments or questions,

Jessica Lavandier
Office of Planning
404-865-8522


January 19, 2011: City of Atlanta Storm Clean Up

During the recent storm, city crews worked tirelessly over several days spreading sand, salt, and gravel in an effort to ensure road travel safety for city motorists. With the ice melted, the city has launched a major cleanup effort.

Combined crews from the Departments of Public Works, Watershed Management and Corrections will begin working tonight in the downtown area to clear city streets and sidewalks of sand/salt/gravel. Crews will use brooms, shovels and dump trucks in addition to motorized equipment, including street sweepers to clean city streets and sidewalks. The Department of Public Works is purchasing brooms to be fitted onto the existing truck fleet, and Watershed Management will be installing screening over storm drains to block sand/gravel from entering the stormwater system. Efforts will be concentrated initially in the Central Business District, Downtown and Midtown, which comprise the majority of the Combined Sewer areas. Residents/businesses may also report other areas requiring attention by calling 404-330-6333.

Additionally, be aware that, while the City appreciates the efforts of residents and business owners in surrounding neighborhoods who wish to clean areas abutting their property, please note that sand/gravel should not be swept into the streets or trash containers. Sand/salt/gravel can create problems in the city's stormwater system and can also be damaging to equipment. Therefore, City officials urge residents and business owners to place sand/salt/gravel piles at the curb for disposal by the City. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works to request proper disposal at 404-330-6333 or via email to publicworks@atlantaga.gov.


January 18, 2011: Message from Khaatim S. El Regarding SACS Report

Dear neighbor,

By now, you have heard that the SACS report is slated to be released today, Tuesday, 1/18. Reports that APS would be placed on probation are premature and have not been corroborated by SACS officials. I have not received any indication of their findings but will join Dr. Hall and a delegation of Board and staff for a meeting with Dr. Mark Elgart, the president of AdvancEd, the parent agency for SACS, first thing in the morning. The Board will immediately hold a special call meeting for a public briefing of the report's findings at 12 noon in the Board auditorium.

Over the past month, we have taken proactive steps to prepare for this day. Several members of the Board, including myself, and staff did a deep dive of the SACS standards that relate to governance and compared those to existing Board policies and practices so we have sense of our gaps. We complied fully with SACS' requests for information and each Board member participated in one-on-one interviews with their review team. We also worked collaboratively with the administration on a proactive communications plan, which includes a formal briefing for key stakeholders and outreach to parents and the broader community. We have also set up a page on the APS website to provide regular updates, including the SACS report and the system's ultimate plan of action.

I can't say or do enough to reassure our parents and students that their hardwork will not be for naught and that they will graduate from an accredited high school and be eligible for the HOPE scholarship. We have been met with many unforeseen challenges this past year, but finally have the wind in our sails as we tackle the challenge of finding a new superintendent. Maintaining accreditation is a priority and opportunity and will be met with swift, decisive action.

What can you do to help?

Sincerely,
Khaatim S. El
Atlanta Board of Education
District 2 Representative
khaatim@khaatimforourkids.com


January 18, 2011: Atlanta BeltLine Community Engagement Framework Survey

This is part of an evaluation being completed by the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia on behalf of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. We are trying to get all responses in by the end of the month at the latest.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has a five-part community engagement framework (CEF) that is designed to keep Atlanta residents informed and actively engaged in the Atlanta BeltLine's creation so that the Atlanta BeltLine reflects the aspirations of its many neighborhoods and communities. The components of the CEF are:

We want to ensure the community is engaged and informed in every way possible, and would appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us what you think about the CEF by taking this confidential survey: http://jwweb.fanning.uga.edu/surveys/beltline10/content/beltline_1.htm


January 14, 2011: New NPU-T Meeting Location

NPU-T is sad to announce that the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on Donnelly Avenue will be closing its doors on January 17, 2011 due to budget cuts. As a result, all NPU-T general body meetings for 2011 will be held at KIPP STRIVE ACADEMY, 1444 Lucile Ave SW, Atlanta 30310.

Come out in February to officially say "thank you" to Steve Wilson of the Boys & Girls Club for his support during the past year.


January 11, 2011: NPU-T Letter to City Council

Download a PDF of the original letter below:

Dear City Council Members,

We are writing to express the deep concerns of the citizens of NPU-T regarding the departure of existing process and procedures by some members of City Council. While we acknowledge that it should remain within the purview of the Atlanta City Council to make changes that impact the city, we do find issue when those changes are made without apparent regard for Atlanta's citizens or process.

There are a number of recent situations where street names were proposed to be changed. In the case of the proposed change that was within the NPU-T boundaries, while the community feedback was sought, NPU-T residents were only communicated with after an unveiling event had been scheduled and special guests had made travel plans. According to the council member who had proposed the change, the NPU-T input was requested so that the decision to rename the street would be done with community participation. It is unfortunate that that participation appeared to have been done as an afterthought.

In the other situation where a street name change to honor a living Atlanta resident was proposed, there appears to have been a breakdown on behalf of the proposing council member to follow the ordinance, established procedures, or even common courtesy of their fellow council members. With the proposed renaming of a downtown street, one person being honored was advised that they would receive a street named after them before the legislation had been written or reviewed by the council or the Urban Design Committee.

While we can debate the positive and negative impact to the citizens and visitors to the City of Atlanta created by renaming streets, the real negative impact concerning this issue comes about via the departure from normal process with drafting and soliciting community feedback for these proposals. Within NPU-T, we have seen firsthand what happens when decisions are made without any NPU review.

An incident that unfolded a few years ago with the Townhomes at Laurel is a perfect example. With that project, there was a need for a variance, rezoning and assemblage of several parcels of land. The impacted community voted against it and the applicant never appeared before the body of NPU-T. Despite the applicant's failure to show, the zoning and land use changes were approved by City Council. Today, there are two (2) of the 8-10 units that are occupied. The property has foreclosed multiple times and the development has become an area where frequent crime has occurred. Had process been followed, we believe that input from the NPU would have given City Council additional information, which may have altered the plans or even denied the requested changes for this property.

The Executive Committee of NPU-T is not expressing our concern out of a misguided attempt to thwart change and growth. We are making it known that the processes that our city has adopted have validity and should be followed at all levels of city government. We are also looking for a more open dialogue so that we can determine how we can work together to help necessary changes be made as smoothly as possible, rather than feel that communicating with the NPU or neighborhood is an afterthought or considered inconvenient.

We are also asking for a dialogue so that we can constructively and creatively identify things relating to zoning and land use that are not working today. One such example is the grandfathering of applications. Within NPU-T, there are two stores selling alcohol that are less than 200 feet from a school because “grandfathering” is done without regard to the current circumstances or the end-result.

The Executive Committee of NPU-T does agree to work within and to support the processes. We will continue to strive towards making informed decisions in as timely a manner as possible so that our community can grow and ultimately realize its greatness.

Sincerely,

Nia Knowles
NPU-T Chair

Larry Carter
NPU-T Vice Chair

CC: APAB, Ashview Heights Neighborhood Association, Booker T. Washington Neighborhood Association, West End Neighborhood Development, Westview Community Organization, Atlanta University Center Neighborhood Association, West End Coalition, West End Neighborhood Association, West End Merchants Coalition, College Town Neighborhood Association


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