Friday, October 26, 2012

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Mon Oct 29th

Monday, October 29th
Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 p.m. - Work Session
Agenda

Recognition of Officer Dale Laskowski for Earning his Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice
Administration Degree from Ferris University.

Recognition of Citizen's Police Academy Graduating Class.

SECOND READ: Ordinance to Amend the 2012 Operating and Capital Budgets

Approval of Facility Use Agreements with Affiliated Programming Partners.
a. Stage Door Players
b. Dunwoody Nature Center
c. Dunwoody Senior Baseball
d. Handweavers
e. Spruill Center

Approval of Park Rental Fees.

Approval of Agreement with ConnectSouth for Georgia Legislative Support.

Approval of City Council 2013 Meeting Schedule.

Resolution of Support for the I-285 @ GA 400 Interchange

Resolution to Adopt the 2013 Annual Operating and Capital Budgets

Approval of Facility Use Agreement with Dunwoody Preservation Trust / Donaldson Bannister

PUBLIC HEARING & SECOND READ RZ 12-101: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, Walton Ashwood, LLC, Owner of 1000 Ashwood Parkway, Seeks Permission to Rezone Property Currently Zoned Office-Institution Conditional (O-Ic) to Office-Institution
Conditional (O-Ic) to Allow for a Change of Previous Conditions.

PUBLIC HEARING & SECOND READ RZ 12-102: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, Charles P. Stephens, Owner of 1725 Mount Vernon Road, Seeks Permission to Rezone Property Currently Zoned Office-Institution Conditional (O-Ic) to Office-Institution Conditional (O-Ic) to Allow for a Change of Previous Conditions.

Update on Transference of Fire and EMS Calls.

3 comments:

Joe Seconder said...

Hello Dunwoody friends. Would you support amending our city's ordinance to ensure there are no net loss of trees throughout the entire city? Right now, with few exceptions, ANY property owner can cut down any & all of their trees at will. As I write this, I'm looking at a beautiful tree being cut down across the street. Roswell has a strong tree protection ordinance. Here's their Tree Protection FAQ: http://www.roswellgov.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=274

Pattie Baker said...

Joe: Would love to hear your ideas/best practices of how to achieve a desired objective of a tree canopy totality while still respecting personal property rights. For instance, if I were to cut down a tree so that I could add another garden spot to grow food for my family or increase passive heating of my home via additional sunlight (or simply make a judgment about removing a tree that concerns me during storms because of its proximity to my home), I don't have another place on my property I could plant a new tree. I'd love to hear your thoughts on real-life scenarios like this. I'm also interested to know where you draw the line on government involvement in my backyard, and how we address the "shared commons" issues in general as a society while respecting individuality. I actually think it's a really complicated issue, and I struggle to land on answers with which I'm truly, unequivocally comfortable. Let's walk soon?

Ken Thompson said...

I own a condo. Nice places, mix of town homes and single level, twenty percent are detached. Beautiful grounds shared "in common" as are the roads, street lights and exteriors of the units. My association dues pay for the upkeep of common areas, amenities (swim/tennis), fire and liability insurance and street light power.

I also own a single family detached home on 3/4 acre in Dunwoody. I fix the roof, maintain the grounds (sorta), pay all the insurance and any other upkeep including cutting down the pine tree over my daughters bedroom -- an ice-dart factory.

Here's the yin/yang.

The condo is a commune, pure and simple. But when they say that the paint on my front door trim just isn't up to snuff, ya know what, they paint it. And when that tree over my back porch, the one eat up by pine beetles, needs to come down, they take it down. If there needs to be another planted in it's place, literally or over by the pool--they plant it. And I'm am more than OK with that for one simple reason--they (of which I am a part, a small part) actually own it and that makes it their property, their responsibility. I knew that when I bought there.

In the 'Wood, I ain't got no HOA, don't want no HOA. Didn't have one when we moved in and don't want one, even disguised as a City, movin' in on me. Sorry.

Except for a very few of our recent arrivals to the community we knew what we were getting into when we moved here and for the most part we liked it. Or we wouldn't have moved here. Then we formed a city. And all the recent fluff around the wherefores of master plans, the parkway and paving brookrun aside, most who voted for cityhood, voted to separate from DeKalb, not to create an Ubber HOA.

And let's remember--most didn't vote. At all. Now we've learned you can rub their fur the wrong way with Parks Bonds, Parkway's, and peculiar land deals, and when you do, the silent majority will rise up.

Now if the City of Dunwoody wants to reconstitute as a Condominium Association, to mow my lawn, replace my roof, clean my gutters and insure my (now their) property, make me an offer. With enough money up front and low enough Condo fees, I'll take it. Then you can cut down or plant all the trees you want.

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