Thursday, July 30, 2015

I bought my tickets to Mary Poppins at the MJCC, the show opens next Thursday.

Please allow me to give a personal recommendation for the late summer theater production at the JCC as it is one of my favorite performances of the year.  It is always quite impressive as the actors are area theater students honing their chops over the summer before school starts back.  There are Children's prices so please feel free introduce your over dramatic, drama tweens to true professionals, maybe they will be inspired?

Two of my favorite young Dunwoody actors that I have had the pleasure of seeing at the JCC are Savannah Stein & Ryan Walden both of whom are extremely talented and well on their way to the footlights of Broadway and beyond.  

Bring the whole family to see the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta's "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" production of Mary Poppins, August 6-16, featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time!

Get your tickets now!
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - MJCCA's photo.

Dunwoody is very lucky to have both the Stage Door Players and the JCC putting on productions, please support both.

My shadow for the week will be my father, John Heneghan Sr.

John Heneghan Sr.

Grandpa Heneghan is coming in from Chicago to visit the boys before they start school as he wants to see what keeps this family hopping, including hanging with me at a few of my civic and social events.  I've scheduled some time off work so if you run into me in the next week there is a very good chance that my Dad will be with me.  If you see us, please give him a warm Dunwoody welcome.

We will probably be at Food Truck Thursday, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association Meeting, a Special Called City Council Meeting, Sunday Mass, a Knights of Columbus meeting, various school open houses & registrations, tax free school shopping, watching high school football practice, viewing a production of Mary Poppins, seeing the Stone Mountain Laser Show, Dunwoody North Driving Club for Water Volleyball, numerous trips around the neighborhood walking the dog, probably a trip downtown for a ride of the street car to the Farris wheel as my wife won tickets in an auction that we haven't used, as well as maybe have lunch at the top of the Westin to see the city sights.

We might also do a Braves game and if all goes well Dad might like to hit a few golf balls & take a nap or two.

Anyway, figured I would share what I am doing for the last week of Summer (at least according to the DeKalb County School System Calender).  I hope you enjoy your freedom as much as I am looking forward to mine because even if you don't have children is school; you may still be experiencing the school traffic on Monday August 10th.  Like I said, enjoy the last week of Summer as it is almost over.


The most desired housing choice in Dunwoody is currently the Master on the Main.

I have had many conversations with Dunwoody Residents who currently have the need to downsize from the four bedroom single family home sitting on a half acre where there are three empty bedrooms and they are forced to walk the stairs every day.  These residents want to downsize but they want to stay in Dunwoody close to restaurants, shopping and family but can't find a suitable home or living arrangement meeting their needs.   Masters on the Main & single level living whereby the kitchen, living room, bath room and at least one bed room are all together, are the items I hear the most but recent developers wanting to build in Dunwoody keep suggesting three level town-homes as "Senior Friendly Housing".

Back a few months ago, we had the opportunity to approve 81 town-homes in Dunwoody Village that were suppose to meet the needs of this segment of the community but it was rejected by the City Council as not being Senior Friendly enough.  The bedrooms were away from the living area and there were numerous sets of stairs with limited options for an elevator.

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is meeting Sunday to listen to an updated plan for Dunwoody Village Parkway that will now include what I believe to be some town-homes with the Masters on Main.

I would welcome anyone who is looking for a new housing arrangement which would allow you to age in place here in Dunwoody to please attend the meeting on Sunday and the same goes for Dunwoody Real Estate Agents. 

We need need to hear your feedback on this issue as the City Council is trying to wrap its head around the concept of what is Senior Friendly Housing and the residents can help shape the conversation by directly telling developers what housing amenities and conditions that you are looking for.   Thanks

Draft Dunwoody Perimeter Center Zoning Code to be discussed at DHA meeting on Sunday and at Special Called City Council Meeting on Monday.

(I have questions into staff as the District colors shown above and the inconsistencies in the zone descriptions in the document, but this is a draft so please attend the DHA on Sunday night and/or the Monday City Council Meeting for more information.  Below is copied from the City memo.)


The Perimeter Center Zoning Project has been ongoing since Fall 2014, and staff is before City Council to present a working draft of the code. The purpose of the meeting is to present the draft and continue in work session format so Council has an opportunity to provide in-depth feedback before any details are considered appropriate.


At the onset of the Perimeter Center Zoning project, the exact zoning tool had not been determined, but through the process, we have recommended a two-part approach: an overlay code that addresses streetscape and design standards and a distinct zoning district that regulates land use and bulk standards. The recommendation is to adopt and require the overlay standards for all properties in the Perimeter Center boundaries. Additionally, the Perimeter Center Zoning District would be adopted fully as a parallel code to the districts that exist on each parcel today. Each of these processes entails a city-initiated rezoning for the affected properties. The effect would be that property owners have the ability to choose between the codes but would be required to comply with the overlay standards, regardless. This method preserves the rights of each property owner for the zoning they have in place today, but it also encourages the option to use the parallel code.

The character of development stipulated in the Perimeter Center Code reinforces Perimeter Center to be the more walkable, vibrant place envisioned through the City’s planning efforts, so the incentives and requirements in the code are being carefully crafted to strike a balance between incentivizing property owners to choose the preferred district and maintaining adequate control over quality and development standards.

The project has proceeded, and there is currently a draft outline circulating for public comment. All documents to this point have been posted on the website, and the content is maintained and updated regularly. The adoption process is anticipated to begin early 2016, but the timeline will be adjusted as necessary.


The sounding board has convened twice to discuss the goals of the project and to provide feedback on the draft outline. Two public meetings have been conducted with limited attendance. The consultant team returned in May to host a series of focus groups, similar to the original stakeholder meetings, to solicit feedback on the drafts as they evolve. The team met with design professionals and property owners, in particular, and has continued to engage the development community through Council for Quality Growth, property owners, and residents at large. Most recently, the consultant team is scheduled to meet with Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association on August 2 for a similar working session. Due to timing, the results of the DHA meeting will be summarized the evening of the City Council meeting.

August 3, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting Sunday to discuss Perimeter Zoning Master Plan & revised townhome plan for Dunwoody Village.

Dunwoody Homeowners Association

Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
DeKalb Cultural Arts Center (Room 4)
5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

1.                Announcements and introduction of distinguished visitors

2.                Approval of minutes for July 12, 2015 meeting—Joe Tuttle

3.                Presentation/Discussion PCID Master Plan – Leslie Oberholtzer and Kirk Bishop

4.                Revised plan for condos on Dunwoody Village Parkway – Lonnie Moss
 (Mr. Moss reached out to me to discuss revised plans whereby 30% of new development originally presented in December would now have Master's on the Main in order to be more Senior Friendly as he said he was coming back in front of City Council on August 10th.  I asked that he present publicly instead of meeting in private (no appearance of impropriety that way) in front of the DHA where he presented once before.  Once it was announced that he would meet with the DHA on Sunday, I asked for specific drawings or details to help inform the public and he stated "Thanks John, I'm trying to get that together now. The footprint of the buildings will be the same as the current plan. Just the widths of the individual units will increase by ten feet to accommodate masters on the main level. I appreciate the opportunity to meet with citizens, and look forward to Sunday.")
5.      Discussion of holiday decorations and collaboration with the city – Robert Wittenstein

6.      Request for sponsorship for Dunwoody Elementary School – Megan Cann ($300 included in 2015 budget)
Board only session: Votes as needed on any motions including:
 Authorization to fund Dunwoody Elementary School

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday - July 30 @ Brook Run Park 5:00 PM until Dark

July 30 @ Brook Run Park  5:00 PM until Dark
We are SO excited about this week's Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays! Only one more week before school starts so let's party! We have music by Chris Stalcup and The Grange, beer from Moondog Growlers + a truly delicious menu! And thank you to our sponsors PNC Bank of Dunwoody.

Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe
Crepe Suzette Food Truck
Freckled and Blue Kitchen & Catering
Hail Caesar
Mac the Cheese {Comfort} Food Truck
The Mobile Marlay Food Truck
WOW! Food Truck
Banjo Cold Brew Coffee
King of Pops
SnoBayou Handcrafted SnoBalls
Vintage Frozen Custard

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Canceled - DeKalb County Boil Water Advisory - Countywide

Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, DeKalb’s Department of Watershed Management announced a “precautionary boil water advisory” for the entire county.

Dunwoody Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event on Sunday at GPC

Task on Saturday, clean out garage and basement of chemicals not needed.  Sunday dispose of them.
Georgia Perimeter College - Dunwoody Campus
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
Sunday, July 26
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WHEN: July 26 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)--please do not arrive early--materials will not be accepted until 1 p.m.
WHERE: Georgia Perimeter College-Dunwoody Campus (2101 Womack Road)
PARKING: Parking Lot 11:  Traveling east on Womack Rd, turn right in to the first GPC entrance

Items Accepted
  • Aerosols
  • Adhesives, resins, and epoxies
  • Mercury debris/articles/devices
  • Lawn care products
  • Automotive products
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photo chemicals
  • Hobby and artist supplies
  • Paints and paint-related products
  • Cleaners and swimming pool chemicals
  • Poisons (rat, rodent, and insect repellents) (updated item)
  • Pesticides (updated item)
Items Not Accepted
  • Agricultural wastes
  • Ammunition
  • Bio-hazardous/bio-medical waste
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive materials
Important Additional Information
  • Disposal is limited to Dunwoody residents ONLY
  • To be served, please bring your driver’s license or other proof of residency.  Other documents may be accepted at the discretion of on-site City staff
  • Acceptance of materials is at the discretion of on-site associates
  • Event is rain or shine
  • No commercial disposal
  • We reserve the right to charge for materials that appear to exceed customary residential quantities, at the discretion of on-site City staff
  • Paint disposal is limited to the equivalent of 20 gallons per household
Can't make this event?  Check back later for more information on other similar events (relative dates are subject to change)
October 2015--Electronics Recycling Event
November 2015--HHW Recycling Event
April 2016--Paint Recycling Event with Dunwoody Nature Center

Dunwoody Kids are giving it their all this weekend in national spotlight sporting events.

Brianna Harris, winner if the Dunwoody Soap Box Derby in the Super Stock Division is in Akron, OH and ready to take on all comers on Saturday to become the Grand Champion.  Based on the Heat Sheets, Brianna will need to win five rounds to take the big prize but no matter what, she has done Dunwoody proud.

Live coverage to watch the Soap Box Derby is available here with the first heat slated to start at 9 am.

Pictured, L-R: Nate Chambers, Peyton Leonard, Leyton George, Will Hillegass, Dawson Stevens, Charlie Kapp, Dylan Reid, Adam Frederick, Tyler Sun, Tim Hillegass, Colton Jimenez. Coaches: Steve George, Jon LeDoyen, Tony Sun and Tim Hillegass.

The last time a Murphy Candler team won a state championship was in 1989 but that record started fresh again last weekend when a group of 9 & 10 year old's won the Georgia State Championship. Those boys are now at the Tournament of State Champions which is an annual Little League baseball tournament held for the Southeast States in Greenville, North Carolina. The tournament starts on Saturday with the championship game on Wednesday, July 29. The qualifying state championship teams are from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Saturday, July 25 (9-10 year olds)
6:15 EST - West Virginia vs. Georgia
Sunday, July 26 (9-10 year olds)
6:15 EST - Georgia vs. Virginia
Monday, July 27 (9-10 year olds)
3:30 EST - Georgia vs. North Carolina

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