Friday, May 27, 2016

City of Dunwoody releases Parks Survey results.

The City of Dunwoody held a public input meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall (41 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody) to review survey findings, data analysis, demographics, trends, as well as explore the information and research discovered to date from the Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update survey.
The meeting was a chance for citizens to share additional issues or opportunities for consideration as the consultant team and city prepares to move forward with Parks & Recreation Master Plan draft of conceptual recommendations and implementation strategies.
Below is a link to all survey reports and materials along with a copy of the meeting presentation. 

Dunwoody Parks Rec Survey Findings Presentation Public Final 5-24-16.pdf 

Dunwoody Parks & Rec Master Planning Survey Results_FINAL REPORT-5-25-16.pdf  

Dunwoody Parks Rec Survey Final Report Appendix One Survey Instrument.pdf

Dunwoody Parks Rec Survey Final Report Appendix Two Comments.pdf

Dunwoody Parks Rec Survey Final Report Appendix Three Data Tables.pdf 



Below are just a sample of the many comments received.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

High Street Development near Dunwoody's Perimeter Mall goes public with drawings.

New renderings have emerged for a massive mixed-use development slated for a large tract of land near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, along the Sandy Springs border.

High Street, as the project is known, has been in the works for more than a year at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway. The new renderings, which showed up on a new website for the project, mark the first new news in ages for the long-proposed project.

The development would rise across the street from the Dunwoody MARTA station, kitty-corner from under-construction State Farm campus.

Renderings offer a glimpse at a major urban development complete with office high-rises and six-story apartments atop retail, all surrounding a large linear park.

DeKalb County put the zoning entitlements (listed down below) into place prior to Dunwoody incorporation and if they plan on building the site as allowed, there is no need to come back to the Dunwoody City Council for further approvals.


High Street Development Entitlement prior to Cityhood listed below.

Parcel ID: 18 348 04 005, 18 348 04 021, 18 348 04 022, 18 348 04 023
Location: Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway (NW Corner)
Entitlements: 400,000 square feet of new office (235,000 square feet of existing office space), 400,000 square feet of retail, 400 room hotel, 1,500 condos, 1,500 rental unit. Notes: SLUP 07-13538, Z 07-13537 (previously Z 07-4251), A 07-14012

 http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/5/26/11778092/high-street-dunwoody-perimeter-mall

 http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/new-renderings-for-dunwoody-mini-city-high-street-/nrTfB/
 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dunwoody news tidbits - zoning issues, elections & taxes


Crown pulls development application before Council vote.

https://www.bisnow.com/atlanta/news/mixed-use/crown-pure-office-possible-sale-back-on-table-60493

http://business.blog.myajc.com/2016/05/23/crown-towers-project-up-for-key-rezoning-vote/

16-story office building planned for Perimeter Center in Dunwoody

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2016/05/24/16-story-office-building-planned-perimeter-center/

City holds park survey meeting Tues night - more details released Wed a.m.

http://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2016/May/ParksFindingsPresentationPublic_Final.pdf

Contested projected election winners - State Senate Fran Millar, State Representative Tom Taylor, DeKalb DA Sherry Boston, DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond, DeKalb School SPLOST passes, DeKalb Commission Kathie Gannon, DeKalb Judge Seeliger.   Kudos to Stan & Nancy Jester for continuing your service to Dunwoody. 

2016 Real Estate Valuations Issued For Dunwoody

City’s Millage Rate of 2.74 Will Not Rise

The city received notice of its fourth year-over-year increase in the real and personal tax digest for 2016 as a result of the revaluation of real property tax assessments performed by the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s office. Notwithstanding this increase in the overall tax digest for real property, the digest is relatively unchanged having increased less than 8 percent since the city’s incorporation in 2008.

Dunwoody homeowners who filed and qualified for a homestead exemption will pay no more in city taxes than the amount they paid in 2009 based on the residential property assessment freeze exemption effective since the city’s inception.  This exemption is in addition to the one (1) mill exemption also in place granting homeowners in Dunwoody an effective millage rate of just 1.74 mills. 

By keeping the millage rate at 2.74 mills since incorporation, one of the lowest millage rates of any similarly-sized citywithin the immediate Atlanta metro area, Dunwoody property owners may see an increase or a decrease in their real estate taxes in 2016, depending on whether individual property gained or lost value this year. The City of Dunwoody does not have direct control or influence over the valuations of the tax assessor’s office.

In accordance with state law requirements, the City of Dunwoody will hold three public hearings to receive comment from taxpayers on aspects of the recent revaluation of real property tax assessments. The public is invited to attend information meetings at Dunwoody City Hall located at 41 Perimeter Center East Dunwoody, Ga. 30346 on:
·         June 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
·         June 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

The City Council will have a third and final public hearing followed by a vote on a tax rate for FY 2016 at the City Council Meeting held on June 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to John & Therese Heneghan


Here's to you both, a beautiful pair
On the birthday of your love affair
Here's to the husband and here's to the wife
May yourselves be lovers for the rest of your life

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Mon May 23 - 2016 Paving & Crown Towers


Monday, May 23, 2016
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.
6 pm Agenda

Recognition of Elizabeth Harvey, one of Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Georgia Distinguished Finalists for 2016.
Elizabeth Harvey, 17, of Dunwoody, Ga., a member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and a senior at The Westminster Schools, developed and coordinated two educational programs for 40 children at a shelter for women and children, and also raised more than $2,000 by making and selling homemade candles to support her programs. Elizabeth created the “Trees Around Us” program to educate the children about nature while incorporating STEM activities and a field trip, and also created the “My Healthy Self” program, which featured exercise and fitness lessons, games to teach kids how to live a healthy lifestyle, and a fun run.
Recognition of Citizen Police Academy Graduating Class.

Presentation of Dunwoody Convention & Visitors Bureau 1st. Quarter Financial Report and Marketing/Sales Update.   CVBD bylaw Changes.

Adoption of Revised 2016 City Council Meeting Schedule.

Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Sandy Springs for Storm Water Repairs and Paving on Dunwoody Club Drive.

 Award of a Contract for 2016 Paving.

Resolution - Adopting EV Charging Fee Schedule for City Properties.

SECOND READ: RZ 16-041: Dunwoody Crown Towers, LLC, owner of 244 Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346, by G. Douglas Dillard, attorney for the property owner, seeks to rezone property currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I) to Commercial-Residential Mixed-Use (CR-1) to allow for construction of a mixed use development with residential and non-residential uses. The tax parcel number is 18 329 04 005.

 SECOND READ: SLUP 16-041: Dunwoody Crown Towers, LLC, owner of 244 Perimeter Center Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346, by G. Douglas Dillard, attorney for the property owner, seeks the following: (a) For approval of a special land use permit to increase the height of the multi-unit residential building. (b): For approval of a special land use permit to increase the height of the mixed use vertical building. (c): For approval of a special land use permit to allow multi-unit residential use in the CR-1 Zoning District. The tax parcel number is 18 329 04 005

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Help Girl Scout Troop 12576 to be "Agents of Change" by bringing donations to Food Truck Thursday

Donations of personal care items requested to Food Truck Thursday

Girl Scout Troop 12576 will be collecting donations to benefit Malachi's Storehouse at Food Truck Thursday at Brook Run on May 19th from 5-8 p.m. In exchange for your donations of socks, diapers, toothbrushes/paste, Chapstick, large bars of soap, deodorant, or cash (which will be donated to Malachi's), you will receive lemonade, water, or a baked good, as well as much gratitude from our troop and Malachi's. Look for our table set up by the food trucks!

Dunwoody to hold Parks Visioning Workshop - Tuesday May 24


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The City of Dunwoody has planned a public input meeting to review of survey findings, data analysis, demographics, trends, as well as explore the information and research discovered to date from the Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update survey.

The meeting provides citizens with an opportunity to share any additional issues or opportunities for consideration as the consultant team and city prepares to move forward with Parks & Recreation Master Plan draft of conceptual recommendations and implementation strategies. More than a public information meeting, it is the community’s chance to provide comment and guidance on findings, feasibility and direction to assist in steering policy and acquisition for existing and proposed facilities and programming.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dr. Ryan Seacrest gives shoutout to Dunwoody High during UGA Commencement @RyanSeacrest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6pukbBZgoM


Ryan's commencement speech was well written, it honored his family, his time at UGA and acknowledged the loss of those who could not attend; it was his personal advice given from the heart and I wouldn't have expected anything less.   Kudos sir.

To the Dunwoody High School class of 2017, did you know that your commencement will take place exactly 25 years from the year that Ryan last crossed the stage at Dunwoody High.  That day will happen whether or not Ryan is your commencement speaker but just maybe a Varsity Letterman Jacket for Football given by Mr. McFerrin could equal his doctorate.  It can't hurt to ask?

Just saying...

Tap into Georgia Beer Festival, Saturday at Dunwoody's Brook Run Park


Want to help be a part of making Tap into Georgia the event of the summer? Volunteers are needed from 3:00PM - 6:30PM to assist the brewers in serving and with festival breakdown. All volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and may sample beer either before or after their assigned shift.