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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
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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

DHA Statement on Pending Lawsuits vs the City

On Sunday, July 12, the majority of a board quorum voted to issue the following statement on pending lawsuits and the alleged actions that inspired them: With the current lawsuits filed and pending against the City of Dunwoody, the long-standing expectations of transparency and accountability are in question. The DHA encourages the city to bring in a third-party specialist at the earliest possible opportunity to perform an independent investigation into issues identified within city government at all levels.  This investigation should examine the handling of any complaints of inappropriate behavior by senior management, human resources, the legal department and our elected officials.  The goal is to improve the trust in our government, including the law enforcement team, through transparency and by implementing any recommendations that are incorporated into the independent investigation.   --Board of Directors Dunwoody Homeowners Association

Dunwoody Farmers Market Reopens on July 11 at Brook Run Park

The Dunwoody Farmers Market opens Saturday, July 11th at Brook Run Park with vendors onsite & live music. The market runs 8:30am – 12pm through October 31st, rain or shine. To maintain a healthy and safe environment for our vendors and customers we have implemented a few health protections to include a minimum of six feet between vendor booths and no touching of food items prior to purchase. Instead of touching food items themselves, customers should direct freshly gloved vendors to bag their selections, and vendors will place bags within reach of customers before accepting their cash or cards for payment. In order to separate the handling of cash or cards from the handling of food items, vendors will change gloves to process payments or direct payments to a gloved assistant who does not handle food items. We encourage everyone who is healthy and feels safe, to visit the Dunwoody Farmers Market in order to buy healthy, local food from our farmers, and small businesses. We ask that