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NPU-E, transportation referendum meetings set for Tuesday

Both meetings are open to the public; Georgia Tech to host public forum on the transportation referendum on Thursday

The June Neighborhood Planning Unit-E meeting is set for Tuesday, June 5 at Peachtree Christian Church located at 1580 Peachtree Street. NPU-E serves Midtown, Ansley Park, Atlantic Station, Home Park, Georgia Tech and West Midtown.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The volunteer board of elected community leaders make recommendations to the city on voting issues including zoning and permit applications.

Here are some of the items on tonight’s agenda:

Special events and outdoor festivals to be discussed and voted on for approval

Event Name

Proposed Location

Proposed Event Date

Pure Heat Community Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

September 2, 2012

Degustar: A Taste of Latin America Festival

Atlantic Station

June 16, 2012

The Atlanta Street Food Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

July 14, 2012

Susan Komen Atlanta 3-day Festival

Midtown, Ansley Park

October 19 – 21, 2012

Firefly Run Atlanta Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

October 6, 2012

Brave Soldier Challenge Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

August 11, 2012

2012 Walk for Farm Animals Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

October 20,2012

Atlanta Tennis Championships Festival

Atlantic Station

July 14, 2012

Keep Atlanta Beautiful Race To Recycle Festival

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

November 17, 2012

She Moves Atlanta 5K Assembly

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

July 21, 2012

Atlanta Pride Run/Walk 5K Assembly

Midtown (Piedmont Park)

June 23, 2012

Skateboard Parade & Performance Large Gathering


June 16, 2012

Archival Gotham: NYC on Film Large Gathering


June 16, 2012

Perkins + Will Spring Event Large Gathering


June 8, 2012

Pandora Presents Large Gathering


June 14, 2012

Organizers must acquire permits in order to hold festivals and other large gatherings in the city. Events with at least 250 people require a special event permit, which is issued from Mayor Kasim Reed’s office. Events with less than 250 people must acquire a “large gathering” permit, which is issued by the city’s parks department

NPU-E reviews the permits but can only make recommendations on whether they’re approved or denied. The city doesn’t require that organizers consult neighborhoods directly impacted by the events.

License Review Board

Name of Applicant

Type of Business

Name of Business

Property Address



Pamela Goldstein



264 19th Street

(Atlantic Station)

Change of Ownership

Mehwood N. Sohani

Gas Station

Shell Food Mart

486 Ponce De Leon


Change of Ownership

Brian Bullock



1180 Peachtree St


New Business


Name of Applicant & Application Number

Property Address

BZA Meeting Date

V-12-060 Applicant, Andrea Wyermann,  seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the right side yard setback from 7 ft (required) to 2 ft 6 inches and the left side yard setback from 7 ft (required) to 3 ft and increase the lot coverage from 50% (required) to 50.4%. Applicant seeks no other variance at this time.

89 Inman Circle

(Ansley Park)

June 14, 2012

V-12-056 Applicant, John Griffin, seeks a special exception (SEP) from zoning regulations to enclose an existing screen porch for a bathroom to allow for an expansion of an existing non-conforming 4 unit dwelling (apartment 2). Applicant seeks no further variances at this time.  

1002 State St. N W

(Home Park)

June 14, 2012

V-12-073 Applicant, Ron Grunwell, seeks a variance from zoning ordinance to allow active recreation in a yard adjacent to a street where otherwise it is not allowed. To construct a playground for a church. Applicant seeks no other variance at this time.

418 Deering Rd NW

(Loring Heights)


V-12-066 Applicant, William Verhey, seeks a variance from regulations to reduce the east side yard setback from 7 ft. (required) to 3  ft., reduce the rear yard setback from 15ft. (required) to 12ft., and increase the total maximum lot coverage allowed from 50% (required) to 57.7% to allow for a two-story addition to an existing single-family house. Applicant seeks no other variance at this time.

30 Camden Rd

(Brookwood Hills)



Also on Tuesday evening, the City of Atlanta will host a Regional Transportation Referendum Open House at City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Officials will present the project draft list and gather public input.

A brief overview of the referendum process and the 85 percent regional list will be included as part of the session.

On July 31, voters within the ten-county Atlanta metropolitan area will decide whether to fund transportation and infrastructure projects through a regional transportation referendum. If it passes, it is estimated that $7.2 billion will be invested over a ten-year period across the metropolitan region with 15 percent going directly municipalities.

The City of Atlanta is expected to receive more than $9 million every year for ten years, or about $94 million total dedicated for local projects. Over the last several months, the Mayor’s Office, Department of Planning & Community Development and Department of Public Works, in coordination with Atlanta residents and the Atlanta City Council, have developed a draft list of projects.

Among the referendum transit projects approved last fall by the Atlanta Region TIA Roundtable that would affect Midtown and West Midtown include:

Piedmont Avenue from Cheshire Bridge Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive ‐ Multimodal Corridor Improvements

10th Street from Howell Mill Road to Monroe Drive ‐ Traffic Improvements

14th Street from Howell Mill Road to Piedmont Road ‐ Traffic Improvements

Howell Mill Road from I‐75 North to 10th Street ‐ Traffic Improvements

Monroe Drive from Piedmont Circle to US 78/278 (Ponce de Leon Avenue) ‐ Traffic Improvements

North Avenue from US 41 (Northside Drive) to US 23 (Moreland Avenue) ‐ Traffic Improvements

Peachtree Street from Spring Street to SR 154 (Trinity Avenue) ‐ Traffic Improvements

US 78/278 (Ponce de Leon Avenue) from Spring Street to Clifton Road ‐ Traffic Improvements

Spring Street from Peachtree Street to SR 154 (Trinity Avenue) ‐ Traffic Improvements

Atlanta Beltline and Atlanta Streetcar Transit and Trail ‐ Downtown to Northeast

Atlanta Beltline and Atlanta Streetcar Transit and Trail ‐ Downtown and Midtown to Southwest

Enhanced Premium Transit Service – Acworth/Kennesaw/Town Center to MARTA Arts Center Station


Also, don’t forget that on Thursday, June 7, the Georgia Tech Business Network will host a public forum on the transportation referendum. The 6:30 p.m. event will be at LeCraw Auditorim located in the Georgia Tech College of Management at 800 West Peachtree Street. 

The panelists include Mark Toro, Managing Partner, North American Properties; Dave Williams, Vice President of Transportation, Metro Atlanta Chamber; and Debbie Dooley, National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots. Catherine Ross who chairs the Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development at Georgia Tech, will serve as the moderator.

See here for more information and to register.

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