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Neighborhood Planning Unit W – Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Draft minutes – Agenda (amended draft) – 7:30pm start

2. Approval of previous month’s meeting notes – 2 minutes Approved unanimously

3. Approval of amended Agenda & Consent Agenda – 2 minutes Items on consent agenda read into the record; Adopted unanimously

4. Reports from Elected representatives and City Departments

a. Atlanta Police & Atlanta Fire Rescue – 5 minutes each APD unable to attend meeting; AFR not present

b. Elected representatives – 5 minutes each. CM Bakhtiari Chief of Staff, Brooke Condrey, presented updates on several projects and future meetings/events Sheryl Bennet, from CM Winston’s Office presented updates on the Dist. 1 Town Hall and other project/events

c. City Departments – 3 minutes each

Code Enforcement, Officer Parks – updated on various properties and their status

5. Committee Reports

a. Atlanta Planning Advisory Board – 1 minute – 5/21/22, 18 NPUs in attendance; work on going in reviewing the various Boards & Commissions that need appointments; resolution to allow Boards & Commissions to meet virtually

b. NPU-W Leadership – 1 minute – 5/24 meeting of Neighborhood Presidents, Chair, Vice Chair & Secretary in attendance

c. Transportation; By-Laws; Land Use & Zoning; Neighborhood Safety; Impact Grant – 3 minutes each Transportation – T-SPLOST passed; Repaving Moreland completed north of I-20, south of I-20 should be completed mid/late June; Mid-Block pedestrian crossing on Moreland has been approved by GDOT; Boulevard project has gotten multiple funding sources, scope may change; Bill Kennedy/Glenwood completed; Moreland/Glenwood project delayed because of storm water issues; United/Skyhaven realignment project is ongoing.

LUZ – next meeting 6/7; comments on the Moreland Plaza redevelopment will be sent on the Development of Regional Impact (DRI); items in June are in SAND and EACA. By-Laws – continuing to work on language for Consent Agenda items

Neighborhood Safety – May folder information on larcenies and code compliance properties.

Impact Grant – Each neighborhood has a representative; will be meeting prior to the Transportation meeting; design work for Sign Toppers in the works; list of intersections needing signage will be sent to the city; fund raising component to this project; Project will be completed by end of 2022.

6. Presentations – 5 minutes each

a. Heather Edwards: LGBTQ+ Historic Research Project by City of Atlanta & Historic Atlanta Historic Context Statement being researched & prepared, will be a tool for the city to access LGBTQ historic places and proactively preserve those sites; several organizations are involved.

b. Stan Sugarman: SL Renovations LLC “Ralph David House” (Invest Atlanta Presentation) Atlanta Motel at I-20 in NPU-N/Reynoldstown – Proposal to convert to affordable housing project; asking for support in request for Invest Atlanta funding from the BeltLine funds.

7. City Planner’s Report – 3 minutes – Christian Olteanu, NPU University, 5/26 Introduction to the City’s GIS System; additional courses can be found on the City’s website.

8. City Matters for Voting (listed below) – 3 minutes per item unless otherwise listed

9. Unfinished Business – none

10. New Business – none

11. Announcements (upcoming public meetings or events) – 30 seconds each/1 per speaker

Nate Minor 5/28 Wing Bar Popup festival; Invest Atlanta wrapping up grant funding for businesses hurt by COVID ends 5/27 at 5:00. Bill Scaffidi revisions underway for rezoning of property at 706/708 McDonough. Karla Causey EACA still working on rezoning of the Flat Shoals triangle to an NC district and requesting letters of support See also – Public Notices and Announcements notes after Solid Waste Services: Fee Update.

12. Adjournment 10:45pm

CONTACT INFORMATION: Ronald Lall, Chairperson – chair@npu-w.org; Mike Gardner, Vice Chairperson – vicechair@npu-w.org; Nina Gentry, Secretary – secretary@npu-w.org; Skyler Hassan, Land Use & Zoning Committee Co-Chair – zoning@npu-w.org; Mike Snyder, Land Use & Zoning Committee Co-Chair – zoning@npu-w.org; NPU-W Leadership Team – leadership@npu-w.org; Christian Olteanu, City of Atlanta, Planner – 404-330-6961 or colteanu@atlantaga.gov; Leah LaRue, City of Atlanta, Assistant Director – 404-330-6070 or llarue@atlantaga.gov

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NPU-W VOTING RULES per 2022 Bylaws: A resident of NPU-W is defined as any person 18 years of age or older whose primary place of residence is within the neighborhood planning unit, or any corporation, organization, institution or agency which owns property or has a place of business or profession within the NPU (Article II, Sec. A1). Notwithstanding any conflicts of interest, any resident of NPU-W who has attended two NPU-W general meetings within the preceding twelve calendar months may vote at their next (third) NPU-W general meeting (Article II, Sec. A.3). Proxy voting shall not be allowed (Article II, Sec. A.9). Please sign in to ensure your attendance is recorded for determining voting eligibility.

8. MATTERS FOR VOTING: NPUs provide recommendations to the City of Atlanta by voting on applications circulated to the NPU by the City. The application and the NPU’s recommendations, along with City Staff recommendations, are then considered or ignored by the relevant board, association, commission, or office. Items with a light gray background are listed on this month’s consent agenda.

Special Event Applications (MOSE)

4th Annual FreakNik’s “Atlanta Reunion” In the Park – Carl Neal – Grant Park – May 29, 2022 – The event organizer canceled this application on 5/23/22. A recommendation is no longer required from NPU-W.

Bronx Day Atlanta 2022 – Cameron Daniel – Grant Park – July 23 – Consent Agenda Item, Motion to recommend support for the updated Bronx Day Atlanta 2022 special event application.

Alcohol License Applications (LRB): Name of Business; Type of Business; Applicant Name; Property Address; Request.

Grant Park Eats – Restaurant – Travis Harris – 1039 Grant Street – New Business – Motion to recommend postpone to June NPU-W meeting. Applicant not present – Approved unanimously

Amigo Food Mart (Amended) – Retail Package/ Convenience Store – Nazmul Rahman – 1645 Moreland Ave Suite A – Change of Ownership – Motion to recommend support for the amended Change of Ownership application for Nazmul Rahman at Amigo Food Mart.

Board of Zoning Adjustment Applications (BZA): V-22-59 – Applicant seeks a variance to reduce the north transitional yard from 20ft to 10ft and reduce the minimum parking from 176 spaces to 36 spaces to construct a mixed-use development. – 1058 Moreland Ave SE – June 2, 2022 – Motion to recommend support for V-22-59.

Zoning Review Board Applications (ZRB)

U-21-33 – Applicant seeks a special use permit to operate a day care center.  – 1222 McPherson Avenue SE – Motion to postpone the hearing of U-21-33 to the June 22nd, 2022 meeting of NPU-W. 19-2-0 Approved

Z-22-21 – Applicant seeks an SPU to use the property as a 1-room childcare program. – 1222 McPherson Avenue SE – Motion to postpone the hearing of Z-22-21 to the June 22nd, 2022 meeting of NPU-W. 19-2-0 Approved

Z-22-27 – Applicant seeks rezoning of 5 properties (1058, 1078, 1094, 1108 and 1120 Moreland Avenue SE) from MRC-1-C (Mixed Residential/Commercial with conditions: Max FAR 1.696) to MRC-2-C (Mixed Residential/Commercial with conditions: Max FAR 3.196) as part of total site plan that includes unincorporated Dekalb County and conservation areas. – 1058 Moreland Ave SE – June 2 or 9, 2022 – Motion to recommend support for Z-22-27. 21-1-0 Approved

Text Amendments – Zoning Ordinance

Z-22-25 – An Ordinance by Councilmembers Dustin Hillis, Matt Westmoreland, Andrea Boone, Howard Shook, Byron Amos and Amir Farokhi to amend the 1982 Atlanta Zoning Ordinance, as amended, by amending various provisions of the text, including creating definitions of “Commercial Food Preparation” and “Delivery-Based Commercial Kitchen” by amending Chapter 29; and by amending the regulations of the Light Industrial District in Chapter 16, and the Community Business District in Chapter 11 by modifying the permissible uses, the parking requirements, and the loading requirements; and for other purposes.  – Zoning Review Board – City Hall Council Chambers – June 2 or 9, 2022 – Motion to recommend against the proposed ordinance amendment, Z-22-25, for lack of conclusive information or compelling evidence to support the need for or benefits of the proposed amendment. 16-3-4 Motion Approved

Land Use Amendments – Comprehensive Development Plan

CDP-22-018 – An ordinance to amend the Land Use element of the 2021 Atlanta Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) so as to redesignate property located at 1058, 1078, 1094, 1108 and 1120 Moreland avenue SE from the Mixed-Use Low density (MULD) Land Use Designation to the Mixed-Use Medium Density (MUMD) Land Use Designation (Z-22-027). – 1058, 1078, 1094, 1108 and 1120 Moreland Avenue SE – June 8, 2022 6:00 PM – Motion to recommend support of CDP-22-018. 21-1-0 Approved

11. PUBLIC NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Provided for informational purposes. Votes/comments are neither required nor expected. Campaigning at NPU meetings is strictly prohibited by the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances.

Sec. 6-3019 Prohibition of Political Forums: “Neighborhood planning unit meetings shall not be used for political forums or campaigning for city, county, state, or federal elections.” Examples of campaigning could include, but not be limited to: Introduction of elected officials as political candidates in upcoming elections; distributing campaign materials and literature; and conducting either of the above in City Hall, its rooms or offices. Please contact Leah LaRue at 404-546-0159 or llarue@atlantaga.gov with any questions or concerns.

Solid Waste Services: Fee Update

22-O-1281 – An ordinance by councilmember Dustin Hillis to amend chapter 130 of the city of Atlanta code of ordinances to adjust the taxes, assessments, service fees, and charges for solid waste services specified therein, including funding street based sanitary services and general common good sanitary services through the city of Atlanta general fund; to formalize the administrative hearing procedure for the resolution of disputes; to update certain other provisions of chapter 130 of the code; and for other purposes. – Hearing Date: City Utilities Committee on Tuesday June 14, 10:00am

22-O-1282 – An ordinance by councilmember Dustin Hillis to amend chapter 130 of the city of Atlanta code of ordinances to adjust the taxes, assessments, service fees, and charges for solid waste services specified therein, including the establishment of a sanitary assessment for street related sanitary services and general common good related sanitary services based on taxable property value; to formalize the administrative hearing procedure for the resolution of disputes; to update certain other provisions of chapter 130 of the code; and for other purposes. – Hearing Date: City Utilities Committee on Tuesday June 14, 10:00am

22-O-1283 – An ordinance by councilmember Dustin Hillis to amend chapter 130 of the city of Atlanta code of ordinances to adjust the taxes, assessments, service fees, and charges for solid waste services specified therein, including solid waste collection and recycling charges, charges for street related sanitary services based on equivalent trip generation, charges for general good related sanitary services based on a property’s under roof square footage, to formalize the administrative hearing procedure for the resolution of disputes; to update certain other provisions of chapter 130 of the code; and for other purposes. – Hearing Date: City Utilities Committee on Tuesday June 14, 10:00am

Overview of the 2022 Solid Waste Sanitary Services Rate Study Report and the three rate increase options under discussion provided by NPU-W Chair, R. Lall. It was unanimously approved that NPU-W send the following list of questions and requests to Council members for District 1 and District 5 immediately, for their consideration and response: Can you create an opportunity or opportunities, within the next 14 days, for D1 and D5 constituents to become better informed about (a) the SWS rate options under consideration and (b) the impact of each option to City residents and businesses? Is there any flexibility with the upcoming decision point(s), such as a 30-day decision delay or putting a 6 month “interim” SWS budget (and fee structure) in place as a short-term fix while continuing to seek public input and refinement of the final legislative approach and choice? Are you supportive of the city initiating a comprehensive study that would (a) examine all aspects of Atlanta’s solid waste practices and costs, with (b) the goal of developing and implementing new methods and approaches to reducing solid waste costs, to (c) be undertaken and completed with recommendations, and (d) to be delivered by January 2023, if a similar project is not already underway? Are you satisfied that the recommendations, and the supporting rationale, provided in the Rate Study Report have been constructed to withstand strong legal challenge(s)? Have you sought a legal opinion other than the one provided by the City’s outside council on this matter? Is there a more detailed version of the Rate Study available and if so, can you provide a copy? Do any of the fee options under consideration have an “opt-out” provision for properties that do not receive SWS services such as garbage or recycling collection.

NPU-W General Meeting Consent Agenda

Bronx Day Atlanta 2022 – Cameron Daniel – Grant Park – July 23 – Motion to recommend support for the updated Bronx Day Atlanta 2022 special event application.

Amigo Food Mart (Amended) – Retail Package/Convenience Store – Nazmul Rahman – 1645 Moreland Avenue Suite A – Change of Ownership – Motion to recommend support for the amended Change of Ownership application for Nazmul Rahman at Amigo Food Mart.

V-22-59 – Applicant seeks a variance to reduce the north transitional yard from 20ft to 10ft and reduce the minimum parking from 176 spaces to 36 spaces to construct a mixed-use development. – 1058 Moreland Avenue June 2, Motion to recommend support for V-22-59.