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Trees Atlanta NeighborWoods Program and the DHCA

Trees Atlanta is enthusiastic about continuing to plant shade trees in our front yards and common areas to increase the tree canopy in our neighborhood. Below are the details about the program.

  • Trees will be planted on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers from our neighborhood and the metro Atlanta area will help us plant our trees.
  • DHCA Division 5 (between Peavine Creek, N. Decatur & RR Lines) and Division 8 (Emory University, N. Decatur Rd to S. Peachtree Creek) will participate in this year’s tree plantings. A map showing the DHCA divisions is available at: http://druidhills.org/druid-hills-neighborhood-map.
  • The $200 cost for each tree will be split between Trees Atlanta, Druid Hills homeowners, and the DHCA. Trees Atlanta will contribute $100 per tree. Druid Hills homeowners who are members of the DHCA will pay $50 for each tree (maximum of 2 trees per homeowner). Those who are not DHCA members will contribute $100 per tree. The DHCA will contribute $50 — up to $100 per household — for trees for DHCA members but this offer is limited to the first 30 trees purchased.
  • The DHCA’s offer to contribute $50 per tree for DHCA members is limited to 30 trees total equally divided between Divisions 5 and 8. First come, first served in each division!

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Laurels for Woolford’s Rock Garden

Jacqueland1The Jacqueland Rock Garden, created in 1926 on the Woolford Estate, recently received the 2015 Restoration Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Set in a mature oak-hickory forest native to the Georgia Piedmont and surrounded by evergreen hemlocks, the garden had been neglected, becoming overgrown and eroded over the course of five decades.

Adjacent to the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, the garden invites contemplation and offers serenity near a waterfall, pool, and fountain. The restoration came about when Sara A. Hehir, chair of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, became intrigued by what lay beneath the ivy and wisteria. She recruited Cooper Sanchez, head gardener of Oakland Cemetery, to direct the restoration, which AHHA executive director Melissa Connor subsequently initiated.

The garden is located at 1815 Ponce de Leon and is open to the public during daylight hours. For more information, please contact Melissa Connor at 404-377-6333.

A Greener Place

Druid Hills could become a National Wildlife Federation [NWF] Community Habitat if we neighbors join together to certify private property and open space as wildlife conservation areas. The Druid Hills Civic Association recently formed a committee to promote the goal of certification. Residents with an interest in wildlife and conservation should contact board member Anne Wallace at annewallace@prodigy.net. The committee seeks at least six people to serve as project team leaders.

Fall in Olmsted Linear Park (photo by Jennifer J. Richardson)

Fall in Olmsted Linear Park (photo by Jennifer J. Richardson)

To support the NWF application, approximately 100 individual yards will need to be certified as wildlife habitats. There are four essential elements for certification:

  • Food – foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds, nuts & bird feeders
  • Water – bird baths, ponds, water features, streams
  • Cover – trees or shrubs that provide a sheltered habitat for wildlife
  • Places to raise young – brush & thickets where nests are safe

There is no downside to having your yard certified: no restrictions on what you may grow or do with your property and no change in historic status. You may continue to use lawn services and chemical treatments on your property, although reduced use of pesticides and herbicides is encouraged.

Certification requires that 100 homes, three common areas, and two schools meet these four criteria. With 35 homes, one common area, and five schools already designated NWF areas within zip code 30307, Druid Hills is off to a good start.

Clifton Ridge Update

A hearing date of July 9, 2015 at 9:30am has been set by the DeKalb County Superior Court in the Planning Commission Decision case. This hearing before Judge Asha Jackson specifically concerns the developers’ 2011 decision to circumvent the Historic Preservation Commission and – without a Certificate of Appropriateness [COA] – apply directly to the Planning Commission for the approval of a subdivision Sketch Plat. In a 4-3 vote on April 13, 2011, the Planning Commission approved the Sketch Plat without a COA. Deny Clifton Ridge has legally challenged the Sketch Plat in the Planning Commission Decision case for two reasons: (1) the developers never received a COA from the Historic Preservation Commission for their subdivision; and (2) the person who cast the deciding vote and represented herself as a planning commissioner was in fact not qualified to vote.

We urge you to attend the July 9 hearing. It is important to have a good show of strong community support. Further, the outcome of three other Clifton Ridge cases pending in DeKalb Superior Court is dependent on the issues to be decided at the July 9 hearing, 9:30am at DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur; 6th Floor, Courtroom 6C. For more information: Click Here.

Annexation Update

During the 2015 session of the Georgia Legislature, the organization Together In Atlanta led an annexation effort to secure a bill allowing parts of DeKalb County to hold a referendum on annexation to the City of Atlanta. The directors met on May 8, 2015 and subsequently issued the statement below.* Read more

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