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DHCA to Consider New Bylaws

The members of the Druid Hills Civic Association will vote on new bylaws at the DHCA’s Annual Meeting on February 8. Sections of the bylaws have been updated and revised. Please take the time to review them, and direct any questions to: adminvp@druidhills.org.

Proposed Bylaws: DHCA Bylaws-Proposed

DHCA Opposes Decatur Annexation Plan

The DHCA is opposed to any city annexation proposal that includes a significant amount of commercial property while excluding the surrounding residential area, thereby reducing the tax base needed to support that residential area. We are especially concerned that the proposed Decatur annexation includes the commercial intersection of North Decatur and Clairmont Roads. This area adjoins Druid Hills and is the primary neighborhood retail district for Druid Hills and the surrounding area. The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (http://www.medlockpark.org/2015/01/petition-to-oppose-city-of-decaturs.html) and Clairmont Heights Civic Association also have registered opposition to Decatur’s annexation plan.

DHCA Response to MARTA Project

Last year, the DHCA was invited to comment on the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative, a light rail project planned by MARTA and the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association. MARTA sought community opinion about the project. The association’s transportation committee recently submitted feedback: DHCA Feedback on Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative. For more information about the project, please follow the links below.

http://www.itsmarta.com/virtual-presentations.aspx

http://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-corridor-community.aspx

http://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-corr-documents.aspx

http://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-fact-sheet.aspx

http://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-corr-maps.aspx

DHCA Supports Appeal

The board of the Druid Hills Civic Association has voted to support the appeal of a group of concerned citizens regarding the construction of an accessory structure at 1680 East Clifton Road. The DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission recently approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for a two-bedroom, two-bath carriage house with a separate driveway and deck on this property. Neighbors believe the approval will establish a precedent that may ultimately destroy part of the remaining old-growth Piedmont Forest which continues to flourish behind several homes on East Clifton Road. The appeal to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is next Tuesday, January 27, 10am at the Maloof Auditorium. NOTE: The Board of Commissioners subsequently reversed the HPC’s decision, citing “an abuse of discretion” and declaring the purported COA “null and void on its face.”

PLEASE JOIN US!

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Druid Hills Civic Association wishes you a Happy New Year. We hope you will celebrate by joining or renewing your membership for 2015.

During the past year, the DHCA has devoted much of its resources to an issue that is the most important challenge our neighborhood has faced since the Presidential Parkway controversy: cityhood and annexation. Our website features the most recent news and commentary about the options that exist in DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta.

We also continue to support neighborhood groups, including parks, and monitor zoning, planning, and historic preservation.

While we may disagree on various points, please consider that the Druid Hills Civic Association is an organization of volunteers that has kept faith with our community in two basic ways.

  • Preservation of the parks, streetscapes, and architecture which were central to the vision of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted;
  • Perpetuation of the essential residential nature of Druid Hills, minimizing commercial intrusion and high-density development.

At this time of year, many of us feel overwhelmed by requests for our beneficence. We hope that the Druid Hills Civic Association will be high on your list. After all, for 77 years we have represented the place where you live!

HOW TO JOIN OR RENEW:

Thank you for your generosity and support.

DHCA Membership Committee

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