Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Should a violin teacher be allowed to work out of her home in Dunwoody? Special Land Use Permit requested.

 Meeting tonight to discuss allowing in home Violin lessons in Dunwoody.

Thursday Night the Dunwoody Community Council will be hearing a number of items but the one that peaks my interest is the case of the violin teacher who is following procedures and is officially requesting a special land use permit to allow customer contact at her home for individual violin lessons.

As a member of the City Council, I will listen and read what is discussed all the way up to the public hearing when it comes before Council in a month or so, but as policy dictates I will not comment on my personal feelings of the matter.

I have already seen both pro and con emails regarding this application and as many of you know this is not the first time the Dunwoody community has addressed the issue of in home music education.  That being said, it will be the first time the new City of Dunwoody will attempt to tackle the subject.

As some long time readers will remember, acting as President of my homeowners association, I along with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association were against a rezoning from Residential R85 to O&I (office and institution) for a house on North Peachtree Rd requesting full time conversion for educational purposes. The circumstances between this rezoning case and the SLUP requested by the violin teacher is not identical, but people will draw conclusions and/or comparisons therefore wanted to point it out.

If you are interested in this topic, please check out the agenda on the city site and then click F1 under new business, after doing so the application documents are located at the top right of the page. Public comment is an important aspect of this meeting therefore if you feel strongly one way of the other, please feel free to do so.

The Community Council also has a group email account at where you can send them messages if you are so inclined to do so.  The planning commission will also be hearing the same facts soon after the community council therefore you might as well send them your opinion too at While your at it, copy me as I don't get enough emails already; my email address is

The meeting starts at 7 pm at City Hall and if the wife lets me I will be sitting in the audience as I want to listen to the discussions that will be taking place. The city video camera system may or may not be streaming this meeting but my hope is that all city meetings will be online someday soon.


John Heneghan said...

The Community Council unanimously passed this item on Thursday night, Planning Commission and City Council are next steps.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I'm glad - hopefully the Planning Commission and City Council will agree. This opportunity is certainly different than attempting to run a real estate business out of a home under the "guise" of providing a tutoring service.