Saturday, April 14, 2012

Update from Councilman Nall

The following update was provided by Councilman Terry Nall.

This is the first of my planned regular updates about your Dunwoody City government. I'm just over three months into my new term on Dunwoody City Council and the orientation transition is behind me.

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Mt. Vernon Road Closure on Saturday, April 14
The section of Mt. Vernon Road between Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Abernathy/Perimeter Center West will be closed to through traffic this Saturday, April 14 beginning at 7:00am. Detours will be posted at Ashford-Dunwoody and Abernathy/Perimeter Center West. However, that segment of Mt. Vernon Road will be accessible from Abernathy/Perimeter Center West for local traffic and neighborhood access only.

While inspecting the stormwater drain pipes below the Dunwoody portion of this Mt. Vernon Road segment in advance of its summer repaving, Dunwoody Public Works found a pipe near Dunwoody Baptist Church that has crumbled so much that the city cannot wait for the summer repaving project to replace it. This pipe replacement is the work to be performed this Saturday and is symbolic of the aging infrastructure conditions we noted when reluctantly increasing the stormwater utility rate last month.
The work and road closure is expected to last all day until dark and the hope is to finish the project by evening. The work will not continue into the night to avoid evening noise disturbance of the nearby homes. If for any reason the project cannot be completed by evening on Saturday, Mt. Vernon Road will reopen for Sunday access and then close again mid-morning on Monday.

Zoning Code Rewrite Project
City staff, consultants, and the citizens Sounding Board are already at work. This project will occur in workable modules. Just as with any stream buffer proposals noted above, the proposed Zoning Code rewrites will be aired through our community boards and forums before coming to City Council. The next public meeting on the Zoning Code Rewrite Project is Thursday, April 26, 7:00pm at Dunwoody Baptist Church, 1445 Mt. Vernon Road. This is when the Concepts and Direction Report will be presented. For more information, please go to

Growlers Approved
City Council approved legislation to allow "Growlers" in Dunwoody. This is a new business model for Georgia and adds to our diversified tax base without an adverse impact on our residential base. A Growler operator sells craft beers in sealed reusable bottles of up to 64 ounces. We're not the first city to allow Growlers, but our version allows for in-store tasting. Our approach will set Dunwoody apart as innovative and attract other businesses that may otherwise have considered opening just outside of Dunwoody. Significant thought went into this legislation wording to avoid unintended adverse consequences. Based on the entrepreneurial indications of interest expressed already, expect to see a Growler in Dunwoody very soon.

Residential Fill Dirt Delivery Limitation Approved
City Council approved legislation to limit the amount of cumulative fill dirt that can be delivered to a residential parcel without requesting a variance. The limit is 1,000 cubic yards and 20 trips each way. Up until now, Dunwoody had no limitation, which led to a property owner agreeing to stockpile over 5,000 cubic yards of dirt on their vacant property as a matter of right. City staff worked diligently to find alternative, appropriate locations for this large quantity of dirt, but the situation highlighted a gap in our Code of Ordinances.

Project Renaissance Proposals Due April 20
April 20 is the due date for development proposals and financial bids for the 35 acres in Georgetown consisting of the former "pipe farm" (16 acres) and the former hospital site (19 acres). Council's intent is to promote urban redevelopment in this Georgetown area through low density single-family homes, park spaces that might include a playground, community gathering areas, a multi-purpose field, and walking/biking trails, plus add a small commercial node and a possible future city hall location. Financially, this involves a combination of installment purchases and sales of parcels, but the net financial result of the property transactions is expected to be no more than the payments previously committed for the 16-acre pipe farm property. Our goal is to facilitate redevelopment of 35 acres for the same payment as now committed for just 16 acres. If none of the April 20 bids are deemed viable, we revert to our prior commitment for the 16 acres. Look for more information and public input opportunities in late April and May.

Stream Buffers Consideration
At the request of Councilwoman Bonser, City Council may take up the issue of stream buffers and specifically, clarifying what is defined as a stream. Stream buffers in Dunwoody represent 75 feet on either side of a stream. Disturbances on either side of the stream in this buffer area are subject to special review in order to protect our water quality. Any changes to this section of our Code will be aired in public via our Sustainability Commission, Community Council, and Planning Commission before it comes to City Council for consideration. I encourage you to participate in the public input opportunities.
If you have input or suggestions on these or any other City Council issues, please let me know. Should any of your organizations, church groups, neighborhood associations, etc. desire a City Council member to attend and provide in-person updates, please let me know. I'm very proud to serve you.

Terry Nall
Dunwoody City Council (At Large)

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