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2021 DHA Annual Meeting

  2021 brought us a modified annual meeting to accommodate many safety requirements. The 2021 DHA Executive Board President - Bob Fiscella Vice President - John Sparks Treasurer - Adrienne Duncan Secretary - Debbie Montgomery At Large - Bill Grossman & Gerri Penn
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2021

    Wishing our community prosperity, health, safety, and peace in this New Year.      

Updated Statement on the Proposed Rezoning of 5308, 5318, and 5328 Roberts Drive

  To:          Dunwoody City Council                Zoning Board of Appeals   Re:          RZ 20-02 Rezoning of 5308, 5318, and 5328 Roberts Drive The Board of Directors met virtually on Thursday, October 22 to discuss our position on the proposed rezoning.   A quorum of the board voted unanimously to oppose the rezoning of these properties from R-100 to R-50.   The DHA has stayed in contact with adjacent homeowners since our original position statement was issued and we felt it necessary to update our position. A rezoning that close, to allow 15 homes to be built, requires several variances to be feasible.   These variances will result in the development imposing on existing neighborhoods and diminishing the owners’ quality of life and risks damage to the current homes themselves. A variance is requested that will increase the total impervious surface of the properties from 40% to 85%.   We believe this change, if enacted will cause environmental damage to nearby neighborh

Letter from DHA Board to Dunwoody City Council Regarding Code Compliance

   October 2020 To:   Dunwoody Mayor & City Council Re:   Need for Improved Code Compliance At its March board meeting, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association held a discussion about opportunities for improved code enforcement.   Several of our board members personally observed commercial areas with covered windows and gang tags. The former represents a serious safety lapse when police are called to a location; the latter is a blatant expression of organized crime. The board voted to compose a letter expressing these concerns to city council.   Soon afterwards, the coronavirus pandemic hit and the proposal was tabled while our community faced a crisis that seemed more immediate. While the community waited for some return to normalcy, the issues that originally raised our concern have worsened.   Gang tags that “mark territory” have advanced further from commercial areas into single family neighborhoods. Dunwoody incorporated to provide better services to the residents.  

The NEW DeKalb Ethics Ballot Question for 2020

In October 2019, changes to the DeKalb ethics board were on the ballot and were vigorously opposed by the DeKalb Citizens Advocacy Council. Here are the meeting minutes and video footage from that DHA board meeting . In 2020, a new ethics initiative is on the ballot and this one is getting a different response. Mary Hinkel, who gave the presentation on the previous initiative has a new message for the current version:   Vote YES on Ethics Ballot Question. Here are the reasons why : The Board of Ethics remains independent; no one under the purview of the Board of Ethics is making appointments to the Board . Unlike the 2019 bill, this bill does not provide for the CEO to make a Board of Ethics appointment and does not call for the Board of Ethics to submit its policies and procedures to review by the CEO and confirmation by the Board of Commissioners. DeKalb employees continue to have direct access to the ethics office to express concerns about ethics violations .

The 2020 DHA Candidate Forum Retrospective

 The DHA's traditional candidate forum was 100% online this year due to COVID-19 protections. Here is the video archive from September 20: Introduction and ground rules for all the races ( Direct Link ) House District 79 Mike Wilensky (I) and Andrea Johnson ( Direct Link )   Senate District 40 Sally Harrell (I) and Garry Guan (Direct Link)   DeKalb County Commission District 1 Nancy Jester (I) and Robert Patrick (Direct Link)     GA Congressional District 6 Karen Handel (Lucy McBath did not attend) (Direct Link)

Statement on the Proposed Rezoning and Development of 5308, 5318, and 5328 Roberts Drive

  Dear Planning Commission Members: The Dunwoody Homeowners Association has been following the proposals for redeveloping and rezoning the lots on Roberts Drive across from the Nature Center since 2018.   There have been numerous discussions about whether or not R-50 is too dense to build along side an R-100 neighborhood, about whether age-targeted zoning is appropriate for land across the street from an elementary school, and whether higher-density single family homes are appropriate for Dunwoody at all at this time. Regardless of these factors, the one that surpasses them all is the fact that the neighboring Fairfield community owns an easement that is designated as “drainage” on all proposals we have seen to date.   Before anyone rezones or builds anything on the adjoining lots, there has to be a clear agreement with Fairfield HOA regarding conditions that will allow use of their easement.   As of this writing, that agreement has never happened.   Not with Rock River Realty whos