Saturday, November 17, 2018

City of Dunwoody calls Special Meeting to install Temporary Moratorium on Multi-Unit Buildings

Monday, November 19, 2018
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Resolution Establishing a Temporary Moratorium on the Acceptance of New Applications for Special Use Approval, Permitted Use Approval, or Building Permits for any Multi-Unit Buildings.


WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Dunwoody (“City Council”) are charged with the protection of the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, in furtherance of carrying out its responsibilities the City, in conjunction with the DeKalb county fire department, has begun a review of its fire life safety ordinances; and

WHEREAS, the City and the fire department have agreed that public safety and welfare would be enhanced by certain revisions to the fire ordinances relating to multi-unit buildings; and

WHEREAS, the City and the fire marshal have begun reviewing the city’s fire ordinances and have identified additional measures related to multi-unit buildings and have continued researching additional potential amendments which would benefit public safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council believe a moratorium will allow the City the opportunity to continue the review of the current fire ordinances and upon completion adopt said changes.


Section 1. The Moratorium imposed herein incorporates the findings and statements set forth in the preceding “whereas” clauses and such clauses are made a part of this moratorium, and the aforesaid recitals are not mere recitals, but are material portions of this Resolution.

Section 2. This resolution becomes effective immediately upon adoption.
Section 3. From 11:30 a.m. on November 19, 2018, until 11:29 a.m. on May 18, 2019, notwithstanding any provisions of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Dunwoody, to the contrary, there shall be a complete moratorium on the City’s acceptance, processing and review of any new applications for special use approval, permitted use approval, or building permits for any multi-unit buildings within the City.

Section 4. During the moratorium neither the City nor any of its departments or staff shall accept, process or review new applications for special use approval, permitted use approval, or building permits for any multi-unit buildings within the City.

Section 5. This moratorium shall expire at 11:29 a.m. on May 18, 2019, and be of no further force and effect, unless shortened or extended by an official action of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Dunwoody
Section 6. The moratorium period adopted herein is deemed to be the appropriate minimum time for the development of such regulations without unduly diminishing the rights of individuals and property owners.

Section 7. This Resolution shall not apply to or otherwise affect completed applications duly filed prior to the effective date of this Resolution.

Section 8. The provisions of this Resolution are severable, and should any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or other portion of this Resolution, or its application to any person, entity or circumstance, be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to the be unconstitutional or invalid, the remainder of the Resolution, or application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances, shall not be affected.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Light up Dunwoody this Sunday at the Dunwoody Farmhouse - Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

A Dunwoody Tradition and Holiday Event
Sunday, November 18,  2018; 3:00 to 5:45 pm
between the Cheek-Spruill House at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Dunwoody Animal Hospital

An annual community event to welcome the holiday season, Light up Dunwoody Holiday Village opens at 3:00 pm and concludes with the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:45 pm. Vendors and sponsors will offer wonderful holiday treasures and refreshments!

Santa will be on the lawn of the Spruill Farm House with his sleigh, and live reindeer will be available for photo opportunities. Bring your own camera!

I was overjoyed when I heard that three local girl scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award were chosen to pull the switch to light the house. I have the pleasure of meeting several of these your ladies and I couldn't be happier for them and their families.

Kudos to Laura Lawson Duncan, Emily Schmitt, and Erica Holmes as well as any other Gold Award recipients who will be assisting with the honor.

Everyone is invited, and there is no cost to participate in this family-friendly event!

Dunwoody area high school football fans - get ready for St. Pius vs Marist playoff game.

I am a huge high school football fan and this weekend there isn't a better game in the metro area than the game this Friday evening where the higher seeded St. Pius X Golden Lions hosts the Marist War Eagles in the second round of the AAAA football playoffs.

Even though SPX shutout Marist 17 to 0 back in September, I consider these two teams very evenly matched for what should be a great game.   This last Friday in the first round of the playoffs, Marist beat up on Heritage a whopping 61 to 20 which shows their explosive scoring power and Pius stomped Cedartown 38 to 6 highlighting not only their scoring ability and also a defensive prowess that out-gamed Marist in their last meeting. 

The rain will be moving out and tickets are available in advance.  Maybe I will see you there?

Dunwoody North Civic Association, Christmas for Kids toy drive this Saturday

This Saturday from 2-4pm, Dunwoody North Civic Association will be holding our very first toy drive in support of Dunwoody Police Department's Christmas for Kids at the Dunwoody North Driving Clubhouse.

Hot cocoa and snacks will be served and a DPD officer will be onsite to share the cheer. DNCA representatives will also be accepting annual dues ($20 per year), assisting with registering for the DNCA online, and updating your contact information for our new neighborhood watch blasts.

We will be collecting and donating:

• new and unwrapped gifts for kids ages 2-15
• non-perishable food items and canned goods.

Please share this with a friend, stop by for a visit, and help us brighten the holidays for families in need!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

City of Dunwoody Names 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as New Communications Director

When I heard the news, I literally said that I could not think of anybody better!

Dunwoody, GA – November 13, 2018 - The City of Dunwoody has named Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as the city’s new Communications Director. Jennifer was selected based on her extensive media experience and strong community connections.

“We are very pleased to have Jennifer as the City of Dunwoody Communications Director,” states City Manager Eric Linton. “Jennifer’s success as a news anchor makes her uniquely qualified to lead the city’s media relations and community engagement. She is well known around the community and strengthening this connection is that she is a Dunwoody resident.”

Jennifer’s name and face might be familiar. She spent 21 years as a reporter for 11Alive News in Atlanta, most recently as a member of the morning news team. She earned six Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jennifer moved to Dunwoody 12 years ago with her husband Matt. They have two sons, Blake (12) and Bo (10).

“I’m so excited about this next chapter,” Jennifer said. “Dunwoody is such a special place. I love living here and look forward to sharing and shaping the story of this great city.”

Jennifer will lead the city’s media relations, community engagement and customer service efforts. She will work to keep the community informed and engaged through several means, including traditional and social media. She will also help organize and manage special events, finding new ways to share the exciting things happening in Dunwoody.

Jennifer enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools, Dunwoody Elementary School and Peachtree Charter Middle School. She also spends time supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Action Ministries, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Jennifer and her family are members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Together, they carve out time to travel and take in as many auto races as they can.

Before moving to the Atlanta area in 1998, Jennifer reported for NBC stations in West Palm Beach (WPTV), Knoxville (WBIR) and Beaumont, TX (KJAC). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Santa's Fantastical is a family-friendly interactive wonderland which opens on the 16th in Dunwoody

Perimeter Pointe
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Suite 300
(In the old Babies R Us store)
Atlanta, GA 30338
Santa's Fantastical is a family-friendly interactive wonderland of immersive worlds where the spirit of the season comes alive through live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram-worthy moments. Be the first to experience a Fantastical World.

As you stroll down Main Street, drop into Peppermint Palace, Unicorn Dreams, Retro Christmas, and Future Christmas. Live performances featuring our "Dancing Ornaments" will dazzle you with the magic of synchronized light, sound, and energetic dancers.

Want a more chill vibe? Head over to Winter Dreams and get lost in a sensory experience, curated to the coolest seasonal soundtrack by one of the world's top concert lighting designers - Atlanta's own Michael Smalley. The Frosted Foyer, Laser Trees, and Infinity Ornaments are sure to take your breath away.

Along Whimsical Way you'll find Santa's Chateau where it's FREE to see Santa. Watch your kids' animation dreams come true with Sketch-Tastic. Color in a character, scan it, and watch it come to life in Santa's virtual toy workshop. A slide down Ice Alive will delight the kid in all of us. And finally, Tacky Yard - our tribute to the great American overly-decorated suburban plot. You know that house...

Monday, November 12, 2018

"America is a Dream" by Stan Lee

Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame passed away this week at 95 and besides Spider-man and many other comics, he published the following four panels in the November 2007 edition of Atlantic Magazine.   They touched me enough to share with all of you.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

City of Dunwoody Election breakdown by Precinct & Party for November 6, 2018 Election #gapol

As a political science geek who likes to look at the election numbers, demographics and trends, I believe the 2018 election was historic one for the City of Dunwoody as it identified a change of the electorate inside our boundaries whereby those who voted Democratic outnumbered those who voted Republican in most races.  With younger families moving into the area slowly replacing the original owners who bought in Dunwoody when this was considered the far out suburbs, along with the candidacy of Stacey Abrams energizing the Democratic base which drove record turnouts, a shift has occurred.  Though Stacey Abrams may not have won the Governorship, this democratic push carried many of those down the ballot to victory thereby changing the party affiliation in the State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives from a Republicans representing Dunwoody to now Democratic representation.

I obtained my data from the DeKalb County Board of Elections excluding third party candidates and provisional ballots still in dispute, used the City of Dunwoody GIS system for the precinct maps, cross referencing it against the DeKalb Polling Places and input it into Excel for trend analysis.  At any point I may have completely screwed up the data but I believe it to be correct.

If there are flaws discovered please let me know in the comments but do me a favor, be kind as I do this stuff late at night after most people are long asleep.  Another favor, I welcome your analysis of the data and election but let's please keep all comments kind as we all are neighbors and all want what is best for our Country, State and community in general.  Thanks  John Heneghan

Thank you for your service!