Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chick-fil-A; Dunwoody Village, Councilman Wittenstein

It is a busy evening in the City of Dunwoody.  There is a pre-submittal community meeting at 6:30 pm at Dunwoody Community Church, located at 2250 Dunwoody Club Drive.  The purpose of the meeting is to present the plans for rezoning of the old Blockbuster site located at the southwest intersection of Dunwoody Club Drive and Mt. Vernon Road to allow for a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant.  Informal polls indicate that neighbors like the idea of a Chick-fil-A, however does the addition of another drive-thru restaurant fit with the developing Comprehensive Plan?  The meeting should last about an hour. 

Dunwoody Village Meeting

Dunwoody Village
The city will be hosting the second of four community meetings to discuss the Dunwoody Village area at 7:00 p.m. at Dunwoody Baptist Church in the Chapel, which is located at 1445 Mount Vernon Road.  If this meeting is as interactive as the first one - it is definitely worth your time to attend.

The meeting is part of the development of a Master Plan for the Dunwoody Village area, which will provide a framework to guide land use, transportation, and open space improvements over the next 10-20 years. At this meeting, participants will interact in small groups to discuss land use, transportation, parking, open space, and pedestrian circulation. Your input is needed!
For more information, please visit the City’s website at and click on “Dunwoody Village” under quick links.

Update from Councilman Wittenstein

Robert Wittenstein
Dear Dunwoody Friends and Neighbors,

There is one Dunwoody city item on the November 2 ballot and I’d like to encourage you to vote NO on it. The item is as follows:

City of Dunwoody Homestead Exemption

"Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from City of Dunwoody ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by eliminating the automatic sunset so that the exemption continues indefinitely?" H.B. 1319 Act 562

This item is well-meaning, but in my opinion, misguided. If passed, it will set up the Dunwoody tax code so that new residents pay more taxes than long-time residents.  (click here to read the entire letter from the councilman).

Trunk N Treat

Even the nasty weather couldn't stop St. Luke's Church from holding its annual Trunkin' Treat (kids Trick or Treat out of the trunk of parents cars) on Wednesday evening.  The party was moved inside, and the kids never missed a beat!   Congrats again to Catherine Anne Thomas and Laura Singley on another job well done.


Greg said...

The good Councilman's sense of "fairness" needs to be pointed at the inequity of the sign ordinance vis-a-vis existing and new businesses, as well.

Well not as large an issue as the Homestead Exemption, the provision of the sign ordinance that grandfathers in all the existing, non-conforming signs works against new business owners by mandating generally smaller and less well-lit signs.

A more fair requirement to mandate conformance with the new signage requirements, with appropriate schedules that take into account depreciated asset values and cost-of-replacement, would ensure that Dunwoody would see benefits from this ordinance in the short-term as well as the long term.

Greg Crnkovich

Robert Wittenstein said...

You make an excellent point. We have asked city staff to do some research for us on approaches to creating a sunset clause for existing non-conforming signs. Stay tuned...
Robert Wittenstein