Saturday, November 17, 2018

DeKalb Neighborhood Survey - Comparing Possible Futures

via MANA President Lynn Ganim...

The Georgia Legislature goes into session in early January of 2019. Among many other possible issues, the specters of new cities and annexations might once again appear and affect our neighborhood, so we need to be prepared--again.

MANA is coordinating with nearby civic associations, including Clairmont Heights, to find out what our residents might prefer if we were forced to choose or have a choice: to stay unincorporated, join a new city, or an existing city. For more information and to express your current opinion, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018-DeKalb-Neighborhoods, read the introduction and brief survey there carefully and answer the questions.

We realize that you have many questions about annexation and incorporation, which this survey does not answer, but for now we simply hope you will start thinking about the issues and consider what you might choose IF you had to. 

The MANA board will continue to monitor developments and try our best to fill in the blanks as we can or need to (e.g., we will conduct a Medlock-specific survey and canvas the neighborhood door-to-door as we did a few years back if necessary).

If you have questions, please contact medlockassoc@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Alternative Gift Market [Dec 1]

Deedee Murphy. 404-276-0593
Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

North Decatur Presbyterian Church invites the Medlock community to its annual Alternative Gift Market, Saturday, 
Dec. 1, 10 am to 3 pm. Shop for Fair Trade*, environmentally sustainable and reasonably priced holiday gifts
supporting international and local charities. Gifts for sale include handmade items from South and Central America;
African and Nepali inspired ornaments, jewelry and clothing; baked goods from refugee owned businesses;
Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and tea; olive oil from Palestine; hand loomed rugs and soup and cookie mixes
supporting people in transition. Holiday Gift Cards will also be available to support many charitable organizations
including El Refugio, a hospitality house for families of detainees at Stewart Detention Center; Casa Materna
Ana Sayre, a birthing center in Guatemala; and the EcoVillages School in Haiti, plus many more.

A Children’s Craft Corner and hospitality snacks will also be available while you shop.

NDPC is at 611 Medlock Road at the intersection of Medlock, N. Decatur Rd. and Scott Blvd. 

Credit Cards, Checks and Cash accepted. Make a difference in the world, one gift at a time!

Contact: Deedee Murphy ddmm54@comcast.net
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*What is Fair Trade? (text credit: Fair Trade Federation) Fair Trade is an economic partnership based on
dialogue, transparency, and respect. Fair trade is not about charity. It is a holistic approach to trade and
development that aims to alter the ways in which commerce is conducted, so that trade can empower the
poorest of the poor. Fair Trade Organizations seek to create sustainable and positive change in developing
and developed countries.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

QT rezoning SLUP (Lawrenceville Hwy)

Following up on the QT Rezoning/SLUP request at Lawrenceville Highway that we reported on last June, Theresa Same (MANA Zoning Chair) brings us this update:
With MANA zoning team support, I was able to work with the immediate neighbors to negotiate the attached zoning agreement and conditions for the QT redevelopment. In the end, we basically got everything that was requested. 

Of benefit to the community: New 10 ft wide multi-use sidewalk around the edge of their property (Lawrenceville Highway and Orion Drive), new 8 ft wide multi-use sidewalk to Harrington Drive, new painted crosswalk at both Qt entrances, and re-striping of Orion Drive as it leads up to the intersection.
Of benefit to the immediate neighbors: Replace existing wood fence at the property line with new 8 ft fence, addition of new double-sided 8 ft fence on QT side of buffer, Removing dead trees from the buffer, cleaning up and replanting the buffer, dumpster enclosure to minimize sound, and in general moving the more intense use away from the residential homes (gas pumps, lighting, underground gas tanks, etc).
The Board of Commissioner's meeting will hear this request on 11-13-2018. No opposition is expected.
UPDATE: The request was approved by the BOC on 11-13-2018.


Please review this file for high resolution site maps, elevations, signage, as well as the arborist report: Store 741 Proposed Zoning Agreement 11-12-18 rev.pdf 

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Scott Blvd and Blackmon Dr. rezoning meeting [Oct 24]

Broome Capital proposes utilizing the space currently occupied by two houses that face Scott Blvd. to build a self-storage facility. This project will require a change in zoning (the homes are zoned residential) and they are also asking to increase the maximum building height. 

Concern: Problematic precedent
The request compromises the residential nature of the space, impacting Medlock and Tuxworth Springs homes nearby.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Economic Development Strategic Plan Survey

via Commissioner Rader

For a new economic development strategic plan to respond to the unique and diverse voices in DeKalb, your participation and collaboration are key! The process will aim to identify new strategies for recruiting and retaining businesses, identify the right places for the right types of commercial and residential development, and the programs that can make DeKalb a place where everyone can thrive.

We need your opinions, questions, and ideas to make the updated plan as actionable and responsive as possible.

You can find more information at DeKalbCountySEDP.com. District 2 residents and business owners can learn more about SEDP and be part of the conversation. A business survey will be released in October, as well.

TOWNHALL MEETING #2:
Oct 24, 2018 - 6:30-8:30pm - Stonecrest City Hall, Suite 155, Stonecrest

Please join the Economic Development Strategic Plan staff and consultant team for an update and further discussion of the SEDP. Discussion topics will include DeKalb County's demographic and real estate changes, quality of life, potential target industries, and key future employment centers.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall Festival and Haunted Trail at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve [OCT 27]

FALL FESTIVAL & HAUNTED TRAIL

Photo by Amy Lincoln
The Fall Festival & Haunted Trail at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve is scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, from 5:30 – 8:00.

We’ll have a bonfire, games, food, live music with Hot Tamale Ringwald, and the oh-so-scary haunted trail.

This year we will be requesting donations to help offset expenses and support the Preserve.

Please come and bring your friends! We still need many volunteers, especially for lighting and haunting. Click here to volunteer: https://goo.gl/forms/DH8BSBMr9kLWrSio2.