North Buckhead Needs Your Help
In Funding Critical Court Case

North Buckhead is assisting the city in defending a lawsuit that will determine the future of North Buckhead.  If  the city loses this November lawsuit, there will be a high-density mixed-use/commercial development extending from lots on the residential cul de sac on North Stratford Rd. (where we held our Spring Fling street party) over to Phipps Blvd and the Buckhead Loop.  Further, the city policy protecting our neighborhood from commercial encroachment will be lost.  The case will be heard in Fulton Superior Court on Nov. 15.

In 1997, Pope and Land, a major developer in metro Atlanta, filed an application to rezone a 10 acre parcel at the northeast corner of the Buckhead Loop and Phipps Boulevard to allow a large mixed-use development of office, hotel, retail and residential.  This application was overwhelming opposed by North Buckhead, NPU-B, and the Zoning Review Board, and was soundly defeated by the Atlanta City Council.

Long-standing city policy, as reflected in the
Comprehensive Development Plan, defines the Loop and Phipps Boulevard as the boundary between commercial and residential development. This "line in the sand" was defined  to protect the single-family character of North Buckhead. 


Pope and Land sued the city for refusing to allow this commercial zoning north of the Loop.  The case will be heard in Fulton Superior Court in November.  Since this litigation will determine the future of North Buckhead, the Board has voted

to hire an attorney to assist the city attorney trying this case.  Bob Zoeckler, a former zoning attorney for the city now in private practice, will assist David Blum, the city zoning  attorney.  We have committed a retainer from our treasury but urgently need additional funds to pay Mr. Zoeckler. Consequently, we are  launching a fundraising drive for which we need help from each of  you to protect our single-family  neighborhood.  We expect to need $5,000 to protect our neighborhood.


Please send a check for $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can as soon as possible to NBCA, P.O. Box 420391, Atlanta, GA 30342 and mark it "Legal Fund."  Gordon Certain has volunteered to coordinate this fund drive.

PLEASE HELP WITH THIS EFFORT!

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Names In The News

There are quite a few new neighbors to WELCOME into N. Buckhead. We are especially pleased that Lee and Joan Friedman and their children, Jamie and John, have moved to Arden Way. Lee is the popular principal of Sarah Smith school.
Curt Jamison has moved to 468 Ivy Park Lane. Kim and Alain Robinson are the new residents at the corner of Mountain Dr. and N. Ivy. They have two children, a 3 year old and a 9 month old.
Jim Adams and his three sons have just purchased the home at 4120 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. (P'Tree Dunwoody@ N. Stratford Rd.). Mathew and Pamerlyn Obrowski are at 531 Chateaugay Lane. Carolyn Mellon and her husband, Paul Isringhausen, are renovating their newly purchased home at 496 Chateguay Lane. This house is one of the oldest in the area, and they are going to great lengths to preserve as much of the charming, original structure as possible.
Other newcomers include Rick Fine at 812 Loridans Drive; Miles and Nikki Hoffman at 4047 Statewood; Robert Cook, and his sister, Connie at

3965 Land 'O Lakes Drive;  and Gary Collins and Leigh Hattaway at 318 Allison Drive. Laura Peters is the new resident at 183 Old Ivy Rd. Laura has one child.
Lynn and Ed Billings of Loridans Cir. are moving to Chapel Hill, N.C. We will be sad to see them go and wish them much happiness in their new endeavor.
Liz and Jim Cronin and their daughter, Mary Elizabeth, have completed their renovation on  Arden Way.
Erin ad Donnie Outz, their children, and their dogs have moved back into their newly renovated house on Stovall Blvd.
Congratulations to Chris and Stephanie Langford of N. Stratford who have a new baby, Sarah Fagan; Kent and Lisa Mason of Wieuca Terrace have a new baby boy, Benjamin. Benjamin's older sister is Kaylyn.
Fred and Helen Branch of N. Stratford Rd. are celebrating their Fiftieth wedding anniversary. Everyone agrees they are as attractive as ever!
Marc Van Tilburg of Old Ivy Rd., recently had a wonderful surprise, his Jack Russell terrier had seven beautiful puppies.
Mark Blumberg and Tom Sabulis ran the Columbia, S.C. Marathon together in February. Since then, Marc has run two more Marathons, San Francisco and Park City, Utah. Go Marc!
Marc Halpern of Stovall Blvd. was recently recognized as a participant in the first Peachtree Rd. Race, held thirty years ago.
Glen Mano of North Ivy is recovering from surgery and doing well. Also back to his old self and looking great is Ben Irwin of North Ivy.
Please call Nathalie Spalding, 404-231-0646, with any news tips about you, your family or neighbors!


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Zoning Report

3841 N. Stratford Road (V-99-199), applicant Ken Landphere, to add 2nd floor that would expand non-conforming setback requirements. Approved by NBCA and BZA
3828 Wieuca Road (V-99-205), applicant Deanna Ozio, to approve an already constructed solid wall that violates the prohibition against solid walls in front yards and exceeds the maximum four-foot height.  Approved by NBCA and BZA.
4513 Wieuca Road (V-99-210), applicant Bruce Beresford, to build a solid 8 foot courtyard in front yard where solid walls are prohibited and fences over four feet are prohibited. Strongly opposed by NBCA & NPU B. Deferred until Oct. 29th BZA.
Brookhaven Oaks (V-98-353) off Peachtree
Dun woody, application to build solid walls in the front yard setback where they are prohibited & to exceed the four-foot height limit for a fence.  Withdrawn.
Pending Cases

4210, 4222, 4232a, 4218 Rickenbacker Drive & Vacant Tract (Z-99-10/CDP-99-7), applicant, Core Development, to rezone from R-4 and RL-C, to RG-2 to build 27 town homes on ll.4 acres.  The NBCA zoning committee, the directly affected neighbors and the developer have spent a considerable amount of time and research on this application.  We believe that this area would have continued to receive pressure to redevelop since there are commercial uses in front of and behind it.  The project represents a reasonable transitional use to single family homes.  NBCA will recommend approval of the amendment to the Comprehensive Development Plan and the rezoning to the city.  The applicant has reduced the density from 120 to 27 for upscale townhouses and has agreed to place all but 4 acres in a conservation easement that will reserve open space and permanently protect the creek and floodplain area from development. Approved by ZRB
84-96 and 112-130 Old Ivy Road (Z-99-23), an application to rezone from R-3 to RG-3 by
Liberty Development for 19 upscale townhouses on 2.5 acres.  There were a number of serious

North Buckhead continues to attract a tremendous amount of residential development.  In order to protect and enhance the special character of our neighborhood, the zoning committee works hard to ensure the best possible development that conforms to all legal requirements.  The following applications came before the committee in the late spring and summer:
3953 Ivy Road (SD-99-14) for 2-lot subdivision on 1.5 acres, applicant Tom Hicks, favorably recommended by committee, approved by the city.
290 Pinecrest Road (SD-99-19) for 4-lot subdivision on 2.5 acres, applicants Jim Summerour and Bill Hopkins, favorably recommended by the committee with the understanding that builders would work with the neighborhood to preserve trees, and was approved by the city.
3806 North Stratford Road (SD-99-l) for 5 lot subdivision on 2.88 acres, applicant Chris Murray, did not meet subdivision regulations and had land disturbance, topographical and stream bank concerns, was unfavorably recommended by the committee and not approved by the city.
3340-4012 P'tree Dunwoody Road (SD-99-13) for 18 lots on 10 acres, applicant John Murray.  This plan was amended to delete two properties. It did not have access to sewer or adequate stream protection among other problems, was strongly opposed by adjacent neighbors, was unfavorably recommended by the committee and not approved by the city.
3884 Ivy Road (SD-99-29) for 9 lots on 6 acres, applicant Paul Hastings, did not meet the subdivision regulations, particularly regarding required distance between intersecting streets, was strongly opposed by adjacent neighbors, was unfavorably recommended by the committee and is under review by the city.
4098 N. Stratford Road (V-99-146), applicant
Jason Arthur, a variance to add second story to existing house which would expand nonconforming setback requirements.  Recommended for approval by NBCA and approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

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concerns about this application and discussions were underway for many months in an attempt to append zoning conditions that will protect the Olde Ivy condominiums and the neighborhood in general. These issues have been resolved. Approved by ZRB. Goes to Council in October.
Proposed Text Amendment (Z-99-46)
to the Zoning Ordinance that would modify the Office-Institutional (O-I) district regulations to permit accessory restaurant uses to be located other than in the building to which they are accessory.  This amendment was proposed at the request of the owners of Bone's restaurant in order to allow it to be relocated in a free standing building at the corner of Piedmont and the Buckhead Loop adjacent to the Prominence office buildings.
Under the current code, a restaurant in O-I would have to be within an office building.  We believe that the purpose of this amendment it to go around the prohibition against commercial use (which a freestanding restaurant is) in the O-I district. The Glenridge Place condos (which abut the site), the NBCA zoning committee and NPU-B are strongly and unanimously opposed to this legislation. Will be heard by ZRB on Oct. 12th.
The zoning committee is scheduled to meet (subject to change) at 6 p.m., at St. James United Methodist Church, Room 106 on the following dates: Oct. 18, Nov. 22 and Dec. 20.  Please call, Kay Beynart (404-252-4258)  or Bob Young (404- 255-1315), NBCA Zoning Committee Co-Chairs to confirm the time. Remaining NBCA Committee members are: Bob Chakeles; George Ingols; Harold Cunliffe; David Dollar; Jay Lask, Leon McElveen; Lamar Miller; Elizabeth Munson; Barbara Pollock; and Sally Silver.



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  Did you know..

bullet  Sidewalks: Wieuca Rd. sidewalks have been temporarily delayed as the acting Publix Works Commissioner looked into which side of the street would be best for the location of the sidewalk. It has now been determined that the sidewalk will go on the side of the street which is closest to Sarah Smith school. The contractor has been chosen and work should begin in Oct. An exact date has not been firmed up.
bullet  Telephone Marketers: Georgia Law protects   registered residents from telephone marketers. All you have to do is pay a $5 registration fee for each of your telephone numbers. The term is 2 years. Contact www.ganocall.com or 1-877-426-6225. There are a few exceptions-recognized charitable or religious organizations; Political

pollsters or candidates for public office; Businesses that have a previous or current relationship with the customer.
bullet  The North Buckhead Home and Garden Club is getting ready for an active year of programs and socializing. The Club's new President, Chandra Young, recently hosted a meeting of the officers to plan the upcoming season. This is a casual group that meets monthly.  More information is available at www.nbca.org/garden.htm or from Chandra at 404-262-1642.
bullet  There is a new Thrift Store in the neighborhood. Buckhead Christian Ministry's Thrift Store is now located on Piedmont at Lindbergh!  For more information call Janice Gammill at (404)256-5057.

 

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CRIME WATCH

bullet Crime: Several neighbors on N. Stratford, Carmain, and N. Ivy have had their cars and garages burglarized over the last 2-3 weeks. These incidents have been reported to the police. Stereos, speakers, wallets, money, bicycles, and more have been stolen during the night.
bullet Crime: One neighbor reported seeing a Chevy Van in the neighborhood three times. This neighbor drove up to the van, which was slowly cruising up and down our streets, and asked if she could help them find an address. The van had at least 3 men inside. The driver responded, "no, we are just looking at the pretty houses". The neighbor reported this to 911. The van was two toned, burgundy top with silver bottom; license plate was 500DZT, Cherokee County.


Join your Neighborhood Watch and let's stop
the crime in our neighborhood! 
Call 404-814-1921 to volunteer


 

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