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  • 05/13/2020 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    May 20, 2020

    7:30 PM  - Zoom Meeting (see details below)

    In the interest of keeping our community safe the DHCA Board would like to invite you to join a presentation and discussion of the results of Phase One of the strategic management consulting work undertaken earlier this year in a web conference meeting via Zoom. We will use the time allotted for the regularly scheduled May board meeting to present the results of this data-gathering phase and hold Q&A and discussion. We will start at 7:30 PM and plan to use the full two-hour meeting timeframe.

    Terri Theisen, our consultant, will spend the first portion of the time walking through a presentation of findings; the second portion will be reserved for Q&A. To ensure all voices are heard and to manage time in the most efficient way we will accept questions via Zoom chat only.

    Doug Rollins has agreed to ensure that meeting attendees are comfortable using Zoom as well as the chat feature. In this capacity he will serve as a point person before and during the meeting to offer support and training on using web conferencing and asking questions via chat. Please contact Doug Rollins at doug@beyondnorthventures.com or (404) 226-4418 if you need help with Zoom. Thank you, Doug!

    At or around 9:15 or 9:30 PM we will close the presentation and Q&A portion of the meeting and end the presentation. There will be a recording of the entire session uploaded to the website www.druidhills.org after the presentation for those who cannot join and/or those who would like to revisit.

    We would like to have as many neighbors join us as possible, and we ask that you please distribute this information and encourage your fellow community members to attend. There are 500 seats available on the web meeting; these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who cannot join, or, in the unlikely event that all seats on the Zoom meeting fill up, we will upload a recording of the meeting to the DHCA website as mentioned above.

    Finally, we strongly encourage participants to log into the meeting a few minutes early to allow time for any potential troubleshooting; this will help ensure an on-time kick off.

    Regarding next steps, the board will reconvene on May 27th for further discussion and to vote on moving onto the second phase of this work. Please see below for a list of proposed deliverables for this phase. If you have questions or input you would like to share, please reach out to a Board member prior to May 27th. You can find a full list of board members at https://druidhills.org/BoardCommittees.

    We want to thank everyone who took time to participate in this data gathering phase of our strategic

    planning work. Your support and input are critical, and we look forward to gathering with you to learn

    about and discuss the results.

    Zoom Meeting Information

    Topic: DHCA Board Meeting Time: MAY 20, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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    Phase Two Details

    Phase Two Work Stream

    Deliverables

    Visioning and Creating a plan for DHCA

    • ·        Multi-year Strategic Plan including
    • -         Vision
    • -         Mission
    • -         Goals
    • -         Objectives (Metrics)

    Strategic Plan will be presented in two formats

    • 1.     Narrative
    • 2.     Infographic (One Page)
    • ·        Tactical (Implementation) Plan to drive achievement of the goals and objectives (metrics) including
    • -         Strategies
    • -         Timeframes
    • -         Responsibility Assignments (Committees)


  • 03/21/2020 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    An update from DeKalb County engineers:

    The resurfacing project on Briarcliff will extend from Briarcliff Place (just north of Ponce) to North Druid Hills, then extend down North Druid Hills to Buford Highway.  was scheduled to be resurfaced later this year but was moved to December 2021 in order to accommodate DeKalb County's water line replacement schedule.  Our mutual goal is to reduce the likelihood of needing to cut into new pavement)

    The resurfacing project on Ponce was advertised for bids in February, and it is anticipated that it will be awarded within the next month.  Construction is expected to begin this summer (2020) and be complete by January 2021.

    Both projects will consist of milling down the existing surface the same
    depth as the new asphalt that will replace it.

  • 01/08/2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    Notice of Annual Meeting of Members to be held 
    Sunday, January 21, 2018; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
    (Registration begins at 12:30 pm) at

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA  30307

    You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the members of Druid Hills Civic Association, Inc. on the date and at the place and time noted above, to elect directors and officers, and to hear a review of the Association’s activities in 2017 and its plans for 2018.  A number of elected officials will also be on hand to answer questions on issues affecting Druid Hills.

    The Governance Committee of the Board has nominated the following officers to serve for one year after the meeting and a class of directors to serve for three years after the meeting, the Class of 2020:

    Officers

    President                                                           Anne Wallace
    First Vice President                                      Andrew Keenan
    Administrative Vice President                 Ryan Graham
    Communications Vice President            Fran Putney
    Treasurer                                                           Tom McGuigan
    Secretary                                                            Ken Gibson

    Board of Directors Class of 2020

    Rob Benfield
    Kit Eisterhold
    John Giegerich
    Jan Jones
    Chris Ligget
    Sue Sullivan
    Leon Van Gelderen

    You must be current on your 2018 membership fees in order to vote!

    We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting.


  • 09/14/2016 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Materials from the community meeting hosted by Jeff Radar on August 22, 2016.

    http://www.commissionerrader.com/reader-county-news/items/emory-annexation-handout.html

    Annexation Methods.pdf

    Emory Map.jpg

  • 07/28/2016 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    Where did this idea originate? In early 2015 the Urban Land Institute (ULI) conducted a study of ways to improve Emory Village including increasing connectivity to other places. One suggestion from ULI to Emory Village Alliance (EVA) was to explore the idea of a multi-use trail along Lullwater Rd. connecting Emory University to the PATH Network at Freedom Park.

    May 2015: EVA asked Becky Evans, Sally Sears, and Mark Goldman to explore this concept with the Druid Hills community.

    November 2015: Lullwater Road residents received a letter via USPS with a map of a trail along Lullwater Rd. The point of contact listed on the letter was Cathy Vandenberg, President of DHCA. Residents showed up with this letter at DHCA Board Meeting that week. DHCA disavowed any connection to the letter, but acknowledged some knowledge of the proposal.

    December 2015: First official introduction of the idea to DHCA Executive Committee by Becky Evans and Van Biesel, members of the DHCA Transportation Committee: “Proposal to Connect Emory to the PATH Trail Network”. The EC advised the presenters to talk to all the stakeholder groups and homeowners on Lullwater Road to confirm interest or opposition.

    February 1, 2016: members of DHCA Landmark District Preservation Committee and Pres. of DHCA attended a “Lullwater Trail Study Committee Meeting with City of Atlanta” – a meeting facilitated by Alex Wan, at the request of Becky Evans & Van Biesel of our Transportation Committee - that included City of Atlanta officials and a presentation by Ed McBrayer on the Lullwater PATH Proposal. At the last minute, Dan Frymire, Chair of our LDPC, was invited to attend and alerted his committee.

    February 16, 2016: Lullwater Estate Owners’ Association Board voted its opposition and issued a resolution allowing no public use of their private property as proposed in the route options designed by PATH. This resolution was sent to PATH Director Ed McBrayer and DHCA.

    March 28, 2016: DHCA hosted a Town Hall meeting at Paideia School auditorium for the purpose of informing the neighborhood of the PATH proposal. Ed McBrayer and his team gave a presentation and participated in a Q&A. We estimate 300 people attended.

    Spring 2016: DHCA received a lot of feedback from the Stakeholder organizations and a large percentage of owners of the 222 homes along Lullwater Rd. The vast majority were strongly opposed to all PATH options in the proposal.

    Spring 2016: Lullwater Preservation Coalition was formed by Druid Hills residents.

    May 2016: Our own DHCA Landmark District Preservation Committee went into action and after a site inspection drafted a report stating: “…Committee finds the proposed Lullwater Trail, connecting Freedom Trail and Emory Village, inappropriate for Druid Hills.”

    June 13, 2016: As a result of the mounting opposition and a long discussion at DHCA EC meeting, DHCA President Anne Wallace met with Ed McBrayer.

    June 23, 2016: Mr. McBrayer met with the leaders of all the stakeholder groups and residents on June 23rd to discuss a compromise that might be worth consideration as a win/win and potentially design an asset acceptable to the neighborhood. The meeting on June 23rd took place at Druid Hills Golf Club was facilitated by Anne Wallace, President of DHCA.

    Results of the meeting:

    1. The 4 previously proposed PATH options have been retracted and removed from the PATH website.

    2. Everyone agreed to consider the possibility of striping Lullwater Road to create a type of Bicycle Facility that would potentially achieve the safety and connectivity desired while not adding any infrastructure to the road.

    3. Paideia representatives suggested a “Design Charette” facilitated by a professional at PATH’s expense to work with this group and also to come up with suggestions for the Ponce/Lullwater/Fairview intersection and crossing Paideia’s land to access the Freedom PATH.

    4. This next step is planned for mid-August.

  • 07/28/2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    The Druid Hills Civic Association recently facilitated a discussion between community stakeholders and the PATH Foundation regarding the proposed Lullwater Trail connecting Emory to the PATH Network at Freedom Park.  As a result of that meeting, the PATH Foundation, Inc. agreed to eliminate proposed plans A, B, C, C Alternate, and D that were presented at a DHCA sponsored  Town Hall Meeting on March 28, 2016.  The plans involved a proposed ten-foot wide multi-use trail and a four-foot buffer along Lullwater Road; some plans involved using private property and Lullwater Road right-of-way.  I am pleased to tell you those plans have been removed from the PATH website.

    This agreement was the result of conversation between leaders of community stakeholder groups, directly affected because of their physical location along the proposed route, and The PATH Foundation, Inc.  The stakeholder groups’ representatives met to discuss the proposed bike plans connecting Freedom Park with Emory.  After listening to concerns, the group unanimously agreed to remove the biggest objections by eliminating the proposed plans from further consideration.  PATH representatives listened to the stakeholders’ needs and expectations as related to a potential design that may be acceptable to the neighborhood.  The PATH Foundation, Inc. has agreed to hire a third party design professional to work with the stakeholder organizations in order to develop potential alternative plans that combine the best of historic preservation with appropriate and safe walking, biking, and residential traffic.  This will occur via a workshop (aka “Design Charrette”) to be held in mid-August.

    This productive group effort was an important positive step forward in a unified approach to preserving the Druid Hills historic community and removing the threat of an unsolicited intrusion.  The stakeholders are committed to searching for a mutually agreeable plan that is potentially acceptable and supports the long-standing Druid Hills Historic Guidelines.

    The community stakeholder groups include:

    • The Druid Hills Civic Association
    • Olmsted Linear Parks Alliance
    • The Lullwater Estate Owners Association
    • The Paideia School
    • Lion’s Gate Homeowners Association
    • Lullwater Conservation Garden
    • Druid Hills Golf Club
    • Emory Village Alliance
    • Lullwater Preservation Coalition

    Other groups to be consulted as options/designs are developed include:

    • DHCA Landmark District Preservation Committee
    • DHCA DeKalb Historic Preservation Committee
    • Georgia Department of Transportation
    • City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission
    • DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission

    Sincerely,

    Anne H. Wallace, President

    Druid Hills Civic Association

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