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August District 4 and 6 updates

Super District 6 Commissioner Ted Terry is holding a two day virtual Housing Symposium beginning tonight, Wed. August 17th. Details below for the event and to register:

My housing symposium kicks off TODAY! Have you registered yet? We’re going to be digging into a broad variety of big housing topics that you won’t want to miss, including:

Density Management
Identifying the Missing Middle
Pocket Neighborhoods
DeKalb County’s Housing Landscape
The Cottage Court Ordinance 

My two nights of virtual panels start on August 17 at 6 p.m. with an insightful discussion with regional leaders Mike Alexander (COO, Atlanta Regional Commission), Ashani O’Mard (SVP, Strategic Housing Investments, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.) and Will Johnston (Executive Director, MicroLife Institute), moderated by Saba Long (Executive Director, Atlanta Civic Circle). 
The second night, on August 18 at 6 p.m., will feature another informative deep dive into housing issues and solutions with my fellow Commissioner Larry Johnson (District 3), Robert Murphy (District 6 Housing Appointee), Sharon Steele (Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb) and Harold Buckey (Attorney, Zoning Commission), moderated by Kim Morrison (MicroLife’s Director of Policy and Development). 
Want to prepare and learn more about housing issues we’ll discuss this week? Check out the informative podcasts, news articles and more for a well-rounded preview:

Creating the Village Podcast
Why is Housing So Expensive, Particularly in Blue States? – Ezra Klein Show
Pocket Neighborhoods; A Possible Solution For Middle-Income Seniors? – BabyBoomers.com
Creating Missing Middle Housing – Saporta Report
Atlanta Civic Circle 

Register now for my Housing Symposium: 
Housing Symposium
Unable to attend Thursday evening’s panel, or just want to learn more about increasing affordable housing in DeKalb? My fellow Super District Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is hosting a virtual and in-person housing seminar with a panel of fantastic DeKalb leaders at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 18. Register for that event, here: https://bit.ly/3JQ7xNn

District 4 Community Council meeting, Tuesday August 16th. Agenda can be found here. A few proposed development projects for District 4 may be of interest (note that none of these are in our Scottdale Overlay District). We did not have a quorum, so our votes are considered opinions of the Council. As always, the public is invited to join these virtual meetings. The calendar can be found here. Our next meeting will be October 18, at 5:30pm.

Details for each item on the agenda can be found at the county’s Planning & Sustainability website here. The Planning Commission will meet virtually at 6pm on Sept. 1 and Sept. 6, the BOC will meet on Oct. 4 at 5:30pm (changed from Sept. 29th).

5615 Memorial Drive. Council voted approval. Application of AK Memorial Shopping Center, LLC to amend the future land use map from NC (Neighborhood Center) to CRC (Commercial Redevelopment Corridor) Character Area to allow for OD (Office Distribution) Zoning District uses, which may include film/movie/tv
production studios. The property is located on the south side of Memorial Drive, approximately 200 feet west of Hambrick Road, at 5615, 5611, and 5639 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 610 feet of frontage along Hambrick Road and 800 feet of frontage along Memorial Drive and contains 16.46 acres.

2920 N. Decatur Rd. near Jordan Lane. Council voted approval. This proposal for 200 multi-family units with a height of 60ft. will be close to us, and directly across from the big Kroger on N. Decatur. The Atlanta based Shelton McNally Real Estates Partners is the developer. The firm has in its portfolio the Place on Ponce and other multi-family projects in the region. Application of David Kirk to amend the Land Use Map from LIND (Light Industrial) to TC (Town Center) for a multi-family residential development. The property is located on the north side of North Decatur Road, approximately 280 feet west of Jordan Lane, at 2920 North Decatur Road. The property has approximately 370 feet of frontage on North Decatur Road and contains 3.4 acres.

695 Jordan Lane. Council voted to defer one full zoning cycle, based on the abrupt zoning request from R-75 to RSM and because all adjacent lots are zoned R75. Community also challenged rezoning and number of homes, including potential removal of large trees on the site. Suggestion from Council to rezone instead to R60. Application of Shalom Restorations, LLC to rezone property from R-75 (Residential Medium Lot-75) zoning district to RSM (Small Lot Residential Mix) zoning district to allow single-family detached homes. The property is located on the east side of Jordan Lane, the south side of Reverend DL Edwards Drive and Cemetery Drive, at 695 Jordan Lane in Decatur, Georgia. The property has approximately 155 feet of frontage along Jordan Lane, 105 feet of frontage along Reverend DL Edwards Drive, and 103 feet of frontage along Cemetery Drive and contains 0.67 acre.

883 Mountain View Drive. Council voted approval. Application of El Amar Engineering & Construction c/o Battle Law, P.C. to rezone properties from R-75 (Residential Medium Lot-75) zoning district to R-60 (Residential Small Lot-60) zoning district to construct single-family detached homes. The property is located on the east side of Mountain View Drive, approximately 165 feet south of Mountain Springs Way, at 875 and 883 Mountain View Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 175 feet of frontage along Mountain View Drive and contains 2.71 acres.

July updates

259 N. Clarendon Ave. proposed development and notes from the July 27th community meeting. I recorded this meeting and have referred to the audio for my notes:

Background: 259 N. Clarendon Ave., the lot being requested for a rezoning, is zoned Tier IV and as such is only wide enough at 100ft for one house. Tier IV requires a 60ft width. The request is to rezone to Tier II, to be able to split the lot into two, since Tier II only requires a 50ft width. Preliminary site plan can be found here. The property’s co-owners are Prime Management and Construction LLC and Urban Properties and Acquisitions Holding. The same two companies are co-owners for their other two adjacent lots at 272 and 278 1st Ave. All 3 lots, totaling .63 of an acre, lie between N. Clarendon Ave. and 1st Ave.

The client’s representative, Ms. Shauna Wilson-Edwards, noted in her presentation that there would be little additional traffic, but any traffic study would come from the DeKalb County Transportation Dept. The community noted the severe congestion that already exists at the juncture of Rockbridge Rd. and N. Clarendon Ave., including several local side streets, during school hours and pre-pandemic business hours.

Screenshot from the meeting:

GIS map of the 3 lots outlined in red. Green is Tier IV, orange is Tier II

Ms. Edwards also noted that there is currently no ingress from N. Clarendon for the lot to have frontage on N. Clarendon rather than 1st Ave. as stated in the current plan. However, the church has operated there for years with parishioners entering and exiting on N. Clarendon Rd. One property owner on 1st Ave. voiced preference for frontage of the new homes to be on their street.

There was a contradiction made by Ms. Edwards in her presentation; that dividing or splitting the lot would allow for more affordable housing. But the price point was acknowledged by the developer/designer on the call, Ms. Rosa Buckley, to be $600-700k, which is obviously not in any currently affordable range. Any home that is built on the sites, whether a combined lot is made (which is possible) or on the 3 current lots in our zoning, will most likely be in the market range of $500k to 700k or higher. The developer explained that materials costs are around $200-275 per house, which rules out her being able to offer an affordable product. 

Many neighbors in the immediate community attended the meeting to voice their opposition and explain why. There is no opposition to development, only opposition to the rezoning. The property owner may plan to develop all 3 contiguous lots that front N. Clarendon and/or 1st Ave. Three homes are currently allowable under our zoning in the Scottdale Overlay District, there is no financial hardship to build as is. We have had many local developers since 2010, like Stoney River, Elgin Pritchett, SEC and others, build new single family homes in our overlay district without resorting to rezoning. 

Suggestions from the community were to revise the plan to respect the current zoning. There was no confirmation last night of when the developer would file this submission. However, the deadline is 8/31/22 to appear before our District 4 Community Council meeting of October 18th. The meetings remain virtual as of now and the zoom link will be posted when it’s available. Here is the zoning and land use calendar for information:

Finally, during our Council meetings, we always ask any potential developer about their experience and which projects they have previously undertaken. I’m unable to find anything for Ms. Buckley other than a LinkedIn blurb that gives her background in electrical engineering and Survey Cad design. She apparently now works for Grant Shepherd & Associates, a construction and surveying company based in Lawrenceville. More info here.

The DeKalb 2050 Unified Plan has held many public meetings since 2020, and the draft is now complete. For more information on the DeKalb 2050 Unified Plan, please visit the project website here. Additionally, the forum is open for final public comments. To review the plan and submit comments, please visit their website, then click on the DRAFT 2050 UP for Review. 

Local development: 3113 Cherry Street. Site plans here and here. Elevations can be found here.

Friends of Cedar Park have been meeting since 2018 to develop plans for the park at 3165 Cedar St. between 3rd Ave. and Creighton Ave., it’s great to see the vision being well documented in the July 21st Saporta Report. Many thanks to our Park Pride partners. You can read the article here. A history of Cedar park, Park Pride’s engagement and the visioning process with the community can be seen here.

On a personal note, many neighbors know that I’ve been an exhibiting painter for decades, here’s the press release for a current group show I’m in at the Bowery Gallery in NYC. The gallery has been around since 1968 as an artist’s collective. The exhibit was curated by art critic, professor and author Lance Esplund. Thought it might be fun for everyone to see, my piece is third from left in the last row: http://www.bowerygallery.org/JuriedShow2022.html

July 27 – community meeting tonight 259N. Clarendon

Reminder for all interested. There is a Zoom meeting tonight July 27th from 6:30pm-7:30pm for a proposal to both rezone and build single family homes at 259 N. Clarendon Ave. This is the location of the current old “barracks” church, whose pastor died last year. The developer is planning on 2 homes on one lot, but he owns 3 lots that are contiguous so more homes will probably be added. The rezoning is not necessary to accomplish a build-out; the lot was also rezoned from Tier II to Tier IV in 2018.

Furthermore, my preference and that of some adjacent neighbors is to front the houses on N. Clarendon to preserve the integrity of the current neighborhood grid. Here is the info from the person representing the developer:

This is to inform you that there will be a proposal for rezoning from Tier IV to Tier II within the Scottdale Overlay District for property located at 259 N Clarendon Avenue, Scottsdale, GA 30079. Rezoning is to allow for a proposed lot split as indicated in the attachment to accommodate a single-family dwelling unit on each lot. A virtual community meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to discuss our proposal.  Meeting will be conducted via zoom. Please see the information below. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81415105491?pwd=eko0VVpFVFdHcGxTU0dYcmhZTlEwQT09

Meeting ID: 814 1510 5491               Passcode: 290682            Dial-in +1 929 205 6099 

Please  respond to email  or call 401-556-0903 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Shauna Edwards– 

Shauna Wilson-Edwards

NextGen Permitting, LLC

Phone #: 401-556-0903

https://www.nextgenpermitting.com/

June update

Happy Father’s Day! 

Pool fun with dad – Hollywood, CA

City of Avondale Estates Town Green: If you haven’t yet explored the new Town Green next door in Avondale Estates, make sure to attend one of the upcoming FREE Sunday concerts that start at 5pm, or the July 4th fireworks. I went to the kickoff Randall Bramblett show, it was a blast! There are walking trails, a dog park and a colorful playground structure for kids to climb on.

Photo courtesy Dean Hesse, Decaturish.

June 19: Weekend Wind Down Concert & Juneteenth Celebration on the Town Green featuring: The Atlanta Resistance Revival Chorus, acapella group Vocal Pointe, DeKalb School of the Arts members of Def Poets and more will open for headliner Grant Green Jr.

June 26: Atlanta Pride’s Family Fun Day and Weekend Wind Down Concert featuring Diane Durrett & Soul Suga. The City welcomes Atlanta Pride as they host their Family Community Fun Day from 4-6 p.m. at the Town Green prior to the Weekend Wind Down Concert featuring Diane Durrett & Soul Suga from 6-8 p.m. Save the date for a fun-filled day.

July 4: Fireworks on the Town Green. Make plans to watch the fireworks from the Town Green this year. More details will be shared in the upcoming weeks regarding the festivities, food vendors and performers!

Photo courtesy City of Avondale Estates

PLEASE NOTE:Construction is not quite finished on the Town Green. Please respect all fencing and barriers and watch your step on uneven surfaces. Until the park is finished, the fencing will remain up, areas will be off limits and access to the Town Green will be restricted to the concerts only.

Two Pedestrian Entrances: Both Lake Street at Franklin and off of Oak St.

Free Bike Valet: Two Wheel Valet will offer a secure, FREE bike valet.

Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, but NO POPUP TENTS are allowed to ensure everyone can see the performers. And the playground is ready for action! More photos from Decaturish here.

You can read about proposed development projects adjacent to the Town Green here. And on the city’s website here.

Cooling Centers: DeKalb County is making recreation centers and libraries throughout the county available as cooling centers due to the ongoing heat advisory.

As defined by the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City Forecast Office, a heat advisory is issued when “feels like” temperatures are expected to reach or be greater than 103 degrees, or when the actual air temperature is expected to be at 105 degrees or greater.

Most DeKalb County libraries and recreation centers will be available as cooling centers, during the location’s normal business hours.

For a list of DeKalb County recreation centers, visit this link and click the “Recreation Programs and Centers” button. A room in each available recreation center will be designated as a cooling center and water fountains will be accessible. Additionally, there will be free access to pools from 2 to 4 p.m. during National Weather Service heat advisory notifications days.

All recreation centers will be available as cooling centers except the following: Hamilton, Lucious Sanders and Midway recreation centers.

For a list of DeKalb County libraries, visit this link. All libraries will be available as cooling centers except Brookhaven Library and Covington Library. Water fountains will be accessible at available libraries.

The DeKalb County Department of Human Services, located at 30 Warren Street, Atlanta, GA 30317, also will be open to the public as a cooling center Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., during heat advisories.

Seniors needing assistance can call the Senior Link Line at (770) 322-2950 for an assessment of need.

Additionally, the DeKalb County Community Development Department is currently housing homeless residents in local hotels and motels. Persons in DeKalb County who need homelessness assistance or housing services can contact DeKalb County Coordinated Entry by calling (404) 687-3500.Anyone staying in the cooling centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing a temperature check.

Saturday June 25, 1-3:30pm, Commissioner Ted Terry is sponsoring a free DeKalb County Property Tax Appeal virtual workshop, presented by Grandma’s House. Register here.

Photo courtesy DeKalb County tax appeal workshop

Local development continues, lot by lot. We are seeing more violations for lack of permits or BMP (best management practice) failures, which include installation of black silt fencing and orange protective tree fencing. 
As a reminder, all permitted land development in DeKalb must include a tree save plan. Any specimen trees to be saved must be fenced BEFORE any land disturbance begins. If you spot a bulldozer removing trees on any lot without these measures installed, please contact me (vic@furiousdreams.com) or county officials, whose contact info can be found in our updated Nov. blog post here. I’m also a Supervisor for our State regulated DeKalb Soil and Water Conservation District and we file a report on any violations.


272 Creighton Ave., site plan here.

3115 Kelly St., site plan here. Elevations here.

322 Reed Ave., site plan here. Architectural plan here.

464 Glendale Rd. Site plan here. Architectural plan here.

358 Marigna Ave. The developer began a whole house renovation without any permit or land use BMP and is under a Stop Work Order (SWO) until approved.

April updates

District 4 Community Council meeting tonight at 5:30pm, April 19th. Agenda and zoom link here: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sites/default/files/2022-04/April%2019%202022%20CC-4%20Agenda.pdf

Stream Cleanup sponsored by City of Clarkston – come out to help and meet your neighbors! Saturday April 9th, 9am at Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary, 4380 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Refreshments provided. See flyer for more information.

More spring plant sales:

Callanwolde Spring Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th and 8th. See flyer for more info:

Commissioner Steve Bradshaw’s Quarterly Breakfast in the 4th, April 23rd, 9am (will update when I receive more information).

District 4 Community Council meeting April 19th, 5:30pm. Virtual zoom meeting link has not yet been posted, but will appear soon on the county’s planning website here.

Local Development:

3226 Chapel Street, Scottdale, 30079

3040 N. Decatur Ave. Variance to reduce 10ft sidewalk and 10ft landscape strip to a total combined sidewalk and landscape strip of 10ft, 10″ was approved earlier this winter. The Tier I site is very steep and close to the road. See site plans below.

320 7th Ave., Scottdale 30079. Land use apprised me in mid February that this property was permitted for a rebuild. However, we never received site plans or elevations to review as required by county code for our overlay district. This are my own photo of the on site posted permit.

March update

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw is holding his next (virtual) Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast meeting on April 23rd, 9am. Type this link into your browser to join the Zoom meeting: bit.ly/quarterlyinthefourth. For more information, contact Robin Flieg at rlflieg@dekalbcountyga.gov, ph: 404.371.4749.

This month marked the launch of MARTA Reach, a pilot on-demand program developed by MARTA and Georgia Tech. This six-month experiment will allow riders to “call” for bus pick-up via an app inspired by popular rideshare services. Right now, this program only extends to the Belvedere, West Lake and the Gillem Logistics Center Areas. Fare for each ride is $2.50, the same as a standard MARTA bus or rail trip.

Druid Hills High School PTO, NEXT MEETING of the DHHS Red Devil Task Force, Monday, April 18, 2022, 7:00 pm. Details below:


NEXT STEPS
Red Devil Task Force to Advocate for DHHS Renovation & Modernization

Next Steps and Where We Need Your Help
Write Each Board Member a Letter To Support the $52MM DHHS Remodel and Modernization as Recommended By Their Professional Agency 
Sample Suggested Letter to DCSD Board of Education
Volunteer to speak at the Board Meetings During the Public Comment Section To Advocate for DHHS (April 18, May 9, June 6, July 11)
Sign up by Noon the Wednesday before by emailing Dorothea Brown dorothea_brown@dekalbschoolsga.org
Record 3-minute message the Friday before the Board meeting at 10:30 am Friday.
20 speakers max. each sessionAdvocate for DHHS in Social Media with messages of support; combat misperceptions with Facts
Powerpoint Slides from the March 14, 2022 Red Devil Task Force meeting
-full of excellent facts and background on the issue

— The Druid Hills Cluster Alliance & The DHHS Principal’s Advisory Council
NEXT MEETING of the DHHS Red Devil Task ForceMonday, April 18, 2022, 7:00 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83899795581?pwd=R1ZzWk83SjJHWGVzdFh1dkpFMTkrUT09

Meeting ID: 838 9979 5581 Passcode: 556003 ‌ ‌ ‌MAIN: 678-874-6302
info@dhhspto.org

February ARCA news

Important for the community: Virtual meeting of the DeKalb County House Delegation Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 at 6:30pm.

There is a DeKalb House Public Hearing on the issue of redistricting the Board of Commissions, they will also be discussing the Board of Elections. All public is invited to weigh in and give their opinion. This is the second event. Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/3Hk95gx

A Decaturish article about the DeKalb Commissions redistricting issue can be found here.

The DeKalb Delegation Facebook page here.

Local development continues:

3182 Kelly St., Scottdale, GA 30079. Site plan. Elevations.

3190 Chapel St., Scottdale, GA 30079. Site plan. Elevations.

3198 Chapel St., Scottdale, GA 30079. Site plan, page 1. Site plan page 2. Site plan page 3. Site plan page 4.

3199 Zion St., Scottdale, GA 30079. Site plan. Elevations. Administrative Variance.

DeKalb Community Council District 4 meeting, Feb. 15th, 5:30pm. Agenda can be found here.

ARCA January 2022

Happy New Year! Hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy during yet another challenging period.

Development in our overlay district has slowed a bit, although we continue to see land clearing on lots that have not yet been permitted or without silt or tree protection fencing installed. If you do notice clearing without permits or BMP, please see the post from November that lists county officials to contact.

The Planning Commission holds two separate virtual Zoom meetings this week, each at 5:30pm on Jan. 4 and 6th. As always, the public is invited to join and voice concerns at any of these meetings. Agenda and Zoom links for items on Jan. 4 can be found here. The BOC meeting will be held Jan. 27th at 5:30pm. Items in our Commissioner Districts 4 and 6:

N3, 971 N. HAIRSTON RD, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30083. Application of Salahadin Kazili for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) for an alcohol outlet within an existing shopping center in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zoning District, in accordance with Section 27-4.2.8 of the DeKalb County Zoning Ordinance. The property is located east of Hairston Road, approximately 501 feet northeast of Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 849 feet of frontage along Hairston Road and contains 8.52 acres.

N8, 4994 ROCKBRIDGE RD, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30083. Application of Kyle Williams to rezone properties from R-100 (Residential Medium Lot-100) to RSM (Small Lot Residential Mix) Zoning District to allow for the construction of single family detached residences. The property is located on the north side of Rockbridge Road, the east terminus of Pepperwood Drive, and the east terminus of Hickory Hills drive, approximately 595 feet west of Sheppard Road at 4946, 4960, 4962, 4964, 4972, 4994, 4998, 5046 Rockbridge Road and 4953 Pepperwood Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 978 feet of frontage along Rockbridge Road, 140 feet of frontage along Pepperwood Drive, and 60 feet of frontage along Hickory Hills Drive and contains 40 acres.


Jan. 6 agenda can be found here. Items in our Commissioner Districts 4 and 6:

D4, 3943 NORMAN RD, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA 30083. Application of Mosaic Communities c/o Battle Law to rezone properties from R-85 (Residential Medium Lot-85) District to RSM (Small Lot Residential Mix) District to allow single-family cottages, conventional single-family detached homes, urban singlefamily attached and detached units, and duplexes. The property is located on south side of Norman Road, approximately 292 feet west of Viking Drive and at the terminus of Spartan Lane at 3943, 4021, 4029, 4039, 4069, and 4083 Norman Road in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 775 feet of frontage along Norman Road and 60 feet of frontage along Spartan Lane and contains 35 acres.

D5, 5277 ROCKBRIDGE RD, STONE MOUNAIN, GA 30088. Application of Builders Professional Group, LLC c/o Battle Law, PC to rezone property from R-100 (Residential Medium Lot-100) to R-75 (Residential Medium Lot – 75) to allow for the construction of a single-family detached residential subdivision. The property is located on the south side of Rockbridge Road, approximately 708 feet west of Martin Road, at 5277 Rockbridge
Road, Stone Mountain, Georgia. The property has approximately 390 feet of frontage along Rockbridge Road and contains 12.04 acres.

D6, county wide text amendment to modify SLUP. See Council 4’s recommendations here.

D7, county wide text amendment to modify variance criteria for ZBOA. See Council 4’s recommendations here.

614 Glendale Rd., ZBOA appeal Jan. 12, 2022. Agenda with information can be found here. Application of Lorenzo Williams to request a variance from Chapter 27 of the DeKalb County Zoning Ordinance to reduce the required rear yard setback for a proposed detached single-family structure. The property is located west of Hillmont Avenue.


3428 Vicar Lane, Envoy Development Tier V (001, 005 Envoy lot 66). Site plan here. Elevations here.


3040 N. Decatur Rd., ZBOA appeal Dec. 8, 2021. Agenda and minutes can be found here. Application of April Ingraham to request a variance from Chapter 27 of the DeKalb County Zoning Ordinance to vary from the streetscape requirements for a proposed commercial retail building, relating to Tier 1 of the Scottdale Overlay District. The property is located north of North Decatur Road, at 3040 North Decatur Road Scottdale, GA 30079.

ARCA update for November

Hope everyone has a safe and healthy Happy Thanksgiving!

New contact list as of 7/1/21 for the DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability Dept that you can download as a pdf file.

There has been some personnel shifting of Planning & Sustainability Land Use and Environmental Compliance Inspectors. These are the people to contact if you see illegal land clearing without visible permit, black silt fencing or orange tree protection fencing on a site or property. That is called Best Management Practices (BMP) failure and inspectors will issue a red Stop Work Order card (SWO) that they affix to either the permit post or a house window/door. We have seen several violations lately of properties with illegal tree removals and/or lack of permits.

Update – the Dekalb County Planning and Sustainability Dept. has moved to 178 Sams Street, Suite A1505, Decatur, GA 30030


George Wallis is now Inspections Manager (taking on Mr. Evans’ role): gewallis@dekalbcountyga.gov, D: 404-371-6237, C: 470 725 694

Tscharner Ryder is now Environmental & Compliance Inspections Supervisor. Her email: teryder@dekalbcountyga.gov, ph: 678-300-5259

Adam Evans is Inspections Supervisor, aevans@dekalbcountyga.gov, D: 404-371-2508, C: 678-215-3205

Inspectors: 

Chief Building Official:

Marcus L. Robinson mlrobinson@dekalbcountyga.gov, D: 404-371-2130 C: 404-569-1156

County Arborist for any illegal tree removals. Specimen trees (on site and boundary) are protected by our county tree ordinance, all 30″dbh (diameter at breast height) or specimen removals require a permit; a prior form must be signed by a certified arborist and submitted to the county. You can find complete information and the form here. Individual property owners may remove up to 5 trees (non-specimens) per year. All development plans must include a tree save plan prior to approval.

Construction hours in Dekalb are: 7-7pm monday-friday, 8am-5pm Saturday. No Sundays. Print this out and show police if and when crews are working overtime and you can’t get the developer to shut them down. Every posted permit should have a contact phone # and name on it.
Construction hours: Sec. 7-31.1. – Requirements for construction

Monday—Friday7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There shall be no construction activity or deliveries on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day unless such activity arises from an emergency which puts the site or neighboring property owners and their property at risk of harm or loss.

Local Development:

3367 Lawrence St., Scottdale, 30079. Site plan here, design here.


3128 Cedar St., Scottdale, 30079. This site had an approved subdivision from 2020, and a demolition permit but no further pre-application building permits have been submitted.


Avondale East, bordering Rockbridge Rd.: northern tract Lots 1, 3, 7, 12 (actually lot 13 on original site plan). It appears that Lot 12 in the building plan submitted is actually Lot 13, so I requested that Planning staff could clarify by reviewing the approved original site plan from 2018 and comparing the site plan they sent last week.
There is a remaining specimen 31” Water Oak labeled in good condition, between what are labeled Lots 15 and Lot 14. It is not clear why there are two proposed structures where a protected specimen was approved in the original tree save plan.
Since we’ve had several discrepancies about the few remaining specimen trees, with removals that are not yet resolved, James Gelin is meeting with Planning Inspectors in mid December and had discussion with Chief Robinson. I am including the original site plan here.

5277 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain 30088: at the BOC hearing on November 18th the proposal to develop was deferred one full cycle, or 60 days. Application for 26 townhomes and a rezoning from R-100 to R-60 can be found here. Community meeting details with more detailed site plan here.


3943, 4021, 4029, 4039, 4069, and 4083 Norman Rd, Stone Mountain 30083.: at the BOC hearing on November 18th, proposal to develop was deferred one full cycle, or 60 days. The revised proposal can be found in my October post and here.

3458 Mountain Drive, Decatur, 30032: At the BOC hearing on November 18th, 3458 Mountain Drive application for Avondale Park, was deferred two full cycles. Requested was a modification of the conditional site plan and other conditions of MU-5 (Mixed-Use Very High Density) zoning approved pursuant to CZ-18-22125, to change the mixture of multifamily, office, and retail land uses, and to revise the single-family detached and townhome exterior designs. Site plan and application here.

October Community Council meeting and zoning updates

The DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability website includes all upcoming public meetings and agendas.

Our District 4 Community Council meets virtually on October 19th at 5:30pm, public is always invited to attend. Agenda can be found here.

Three items on agenda for Oct. 19th:

Norman Rd. Application for rezoning from R-85 to RSM for single family urban cottages and homes here. Detailed engineering site plan here. Proposed conditions here.

3458 Mountain Drive. Application for Avondale Park, modification of the conditional site plan and other
conditions of MU-5 (Mixed-Use Very High Density) zoning approved pursuant to CZ-18-22125, to change the mixture of multifamily, office, and retail land uses, and to revise the single-family detached and townhome exterior designs. Site plan and application here. **Notes from community; some property owners in the adjacent community on Farrar Ct. are currently involved in a lawsuit with the developer Proterra, for damages from flooding, runoff from improper grading and BMP of the site. Neighbors are not supportive of this proposed modification and would prefer to see the developer solve runoff problems before granting them any further zoning conditions.

5277 Rockbridge Rd. Application for 26 townhomes and a rezoning from R-100 to R-60 can be found here. Community meeting details with more detailed site plan here.

Other zoning items of relevance:

5488 Rockbridge Rd., community meeting Oct. 27th at 7pm (zoom link included) for 6 detached townhomes, notice here.

3183 Zion Street – land use violation; no permit posted on site or found in ePermitting site. No BMP (silt fencing, tree protection) or permit for tree removal. At least 2 large specimens were illegally removed, including one Champion water oak. Neighbors reported the improper clearing and information about the crew on site. If I know about non-permitted clearing or potential tree removal in time, I can stop it and possibly save the trees. Please do contact me immediately if you suspect land use violations. DeKalb Planning Inspectors came out the following day this was reported and issued a SWO (stop work order). Property owner is being investigated and will be issued citation to pay fines that have accrued.

644 Glendale Rd., new home proposal – architectural cover sheet here. Site plan here. Elevations here.

Envoy Condominiums – detached 119 unit townhome development, 5.26 units/acre. In Scottdale Overlay District Tier V (Tobie Grant area), master site plan here. Tree replacement plan here. This is an ongoing development that began in 2018. Lennar is the developer, the site is 22.613 acres that fronts N. Decatur Rd. and Parkdale Drive.