Help Grow Your NPU!


If you want:
  • accountability from our city officials
  • clean, safe streets
  • well-built, attractive homes and business
  • healthy families and neighborhoods
You can help make it happen by volunteering with the NPU!

Neighborhood Planning Unit S is a local, all-volunteer team of residents connecting our neighborhoods to the City of Atlanta. We're more than just a meeting - we guide zoning requests and special events to neighborhood associations; provide feedback and advice to elected officials; advocate for crime victims at court and citizens at board hearings; provide grants and logistical support to civic organizations; and much more! Heck, we even mow lawns

Most of all, we're your neighbors. We live here, raise our families here, and work with you to make our community a better place to be. Why not join in?

NPU-S currently has four standing committees, and each one can use more folks. In order of upcoming meetings, they are:

The Land Use Committee works on  zoning, code enforcement, development and transportation.  Zoning variances, special use permits, and the like run through the Zoning Committee. Its next meeting is
The Policy Committee works on Citywide and regional policy and the NPU-S's relations with neighboring NPUs and the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board. They oversee the update of the NPU's bylaws. Its next meeting is
The Quality of Life Committee works on public health and safety, recreation and the arts, and the environment - basically, everything that makes the NPU a nice place to live. If you want to see more neighborhood cleanups or help set up Neighborhood Watches, these are the folks to work with. Its next meeting is
The Assistant Services Committee works on senior services, education, and youth issues. The NPU-S Senior Lawncare Service is run out of this committee. Its next meeting is
It's been a long, difficult year and a long, cold winter - but Spring is coming, and it's time for us to shake off the darkness and reach for towards a brighter day. Come help us grow - together!

EDIT: If you'd like to volunteer but can't make a meeting, contact us or fill out the volunteer form at http://www.npu-s.org/p/volunteering.html

Atlanta Public School updates

Information courtesy of Board Member Aretta Baldon

COMPLETE OR UPDATE YOUR INTENT TO RETURN DECLARATION
In preparation for the 4th quarter of the current (2020-2021) school year, families once again have the option to select their preferred instructional model for each student. For 4th quarter, you may choose from the three instructional delivery models currently in use 1) Site Based Virtual Learning, 2) Face to Face and 3) Atlanta Virtual Academy (get the most current information HERE).

As with previous intent to return declaration windows, we're asking parents and guardians to be reflective about their desire to have their child return for face to face instruction. We know that some students have greater need for face to face instruction than others. It is clear that virtual learning has been successful for some while challenging for others. We trust that each parent or guardian will make a decision that best fits the needs of their individual child and the safety of the community.

If you submitted a response during the previous intent-to-return declaration period, you may use this form to update your selection. If you do not complete this form by Monday March 8th, your student(s) will remain in their current instructional learning model. Responses may be changed until the declaration period closes on March 8th.

Continue to Declaration of Intent HERE

COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF
In an effort to mitigate COVID-19 in our schools and community, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has adopted a Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Strategy in collaboration with public health officials, community partners, universities, and healthcare organizations.

This strategy works with our school-based APS Care Centers and community resources to provide testing for the following groups:
    • Students, teachers, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
    • Students, teachers, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
    • All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
    • PLUS surveillance testing for individuals who are asymptomatic.
Learn more HERE.

NEW UPDATES REGARDING OUR RETURN + LEARN: PHASE II REOPENING PLAN
    • Included Content: Targeted Intervention Plans, Instructional Models, Safety & Cleaning Protocol, Nutrition, Transportation, FAQ and other Documents
UPDATED MEAL DISTRIBUTIONS
Beginning Saturday, February 13, the Atlanta Public Schools Nutrition Department will distribute seven-day pop-up meal kits, which each contain 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches per kit, to children ages 1-18 in the city of Atlanta. APS Transportation will distribute these meal kits on Saturdays at the Hightower Station Shopping Center parking lot, located at 2636 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, 10:30 a.m. to noon. All meal kits will be limited to one per child.

The new Saturday pop-up distributions are in addition to the District's regular weekly meal distribution program, which occurs every Wednesday at 10 school sites and on school bus routes throughout the city. The APS Nutrition Department provides students with fresh fruits and vegetables and meals of high nutritional value specifically targeted for the growth and brain development of children.

Distribution occurs each Wednesday at the curbside pick-up locations listed below from 2:00 pm-5:30 pm and from designated bus routes from 2:00 pm- 4:30 pm (bus routes https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/63224).
    1. Carver High School
    2. Frederick Douglass High School
    3. John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary School
    4. Maynard Jackson High School
    5. Jean Childs Young Middle School
    6. Bolton Academy
    7. Garden Hills Elementary School
    8. South Atlanta High School
    9. Bunche Middle School
    10. Booker T. Washington High School
If you have any questions, please contact 404.802.2540.

HERE COMES THE BUS!
Be sure to check out this new user-friendly website and app that enables families to locate their child's school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. Learn more here: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/65386

STUDENT OUTCOMES FOCUSED GOVERNANCE RETREAT
February 26th, 8:30AM – 1:00PM

MARCH 1ST MONTHLY ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING


Citywide Survey on Police Reform and Public Safety


We Want to Hear From You!
If this past year has taught us anything, we still have some work to do as a community. The impact of social unrest due to existing inequalities coupled with a global pandemic and an unconventional election year revealed much about our society that we probably want to forget. The breakdown of the public trust in our police department and the spike in violent crime that many cities have seen across the nation are just a few of those things.
Your Voice Matters!
The City of Atlanta has initiated a citywide effort to understand the issues and perceptions around police reform and public safety because they go hand in hand. The City has partnered with us (press release) to ensure EVERYONE HAS A VOICE AND INPUT in the process. Please take a moment to complete our citywide survey and share this email with your community so they can complete it also.
Your Voice Matters! Share This With Your Community!!
It is important that EVERYONE has an opportunity to be heard and give input on how policing should be handled in our City. One of our first steps is to gather input through this brief citywide survey on police reform and law enforcement. Click below to complete the survey!
For more information, please visit Atlanta Police Reform and Community Engagement

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Feb 28 - Mar 7

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon Mar 1 - Sun, Mar 7. Recycling Collected. Due to COVID-19 labor shortages, the Department of Public Works will pick up recycling and yard trimmings on alternating weeks, recycling one week, yard trimmings the other. This week is recycling.

    Garbage will continue to be picked up every week.
  • Wed Mar 3, 6:15pm. Zoning Committee meeting. GOOGLE MEETING INFORMATION:

    Phone:747-202-2723
    Pin:942 081 556
    Video: meet.Google.com/pig-rect-yhd 


    The committee will hear from the presenter, Jay Jackson, RYSE Interactive, Inc., www.RYSECreativeVillage.com. RYSE is redeveloping the ols Arkwright Elementary campus, 1261 Lockwood Dr SW and will be seeking to rezone 2 parcels of land. 

    For the main school building parcel, they are seeking to rezone from R4 (single-family zoning) to MRC-2, Multifamily Residential, Commercial-2, which would allow for the intended use as a training and development incubator for the creative arts industry. 
    For parcel 2, address 0 Wichita Dr., SW,  they are seeking to rezone from R4 TO RG4, General (multi-family) residential, maximum floor area ratio of 1.49.  Floor area ratio is the number of square feet in a building divided by the square footage of the building lot. An FAR of 0.5, for example, represents a one-story building that covers half of its lot, a two-story building that covers one fourth of its lot, and so on. The maximum floor area ratio can be exceeded with bonuses in some districts.

    The RG4 Zoning would allow for the construction of mixed-income, multifamily apartment homes.

    Come prepared with your questions for a productive meeting. Some information attached.

    For additional information, contact Karen Babino
    NPU-S Zoning
    770-912-3922 cell
  • Sat Mar 6, 1:00pm. Policy Committee meeting. By video: meet.google.com/rbh-ptwd-efj. By phone: +1 515-599-7285 password 480291570. The Policy Committee researches and advises the NPU on policy issues and bylaws. For more information, contact Morgan Cooper at vicechair@npu-s.org

External events
Events held around, nearby, or affecting NPU S.:

  • Tue Mar 2, 11:00am. Rapid Employment Initiative Career Fair. Please join the Urban League of Greater Atlanta for our virtual/online careerfairs every Tuesday @ 11 am. 

    These interactive virtual events allow jobseekers to meet in a virtual environment using chat rooms, teleconferencing,webcasts, webinars and/or email to exchange information about job openings. 

    PLEASE JOIN THE CALL WITH AN ELECTRONIC COPYOF YOUR RESUME AND/OR YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY.

    Registration at https://bit.ly/33tcckt
  • Wed Mar 3, 7:00pm. NPU-R. Remote: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83595037850

    Meeting ID: 835 9503 7850

    One tap mobile dial: +16465588656,,83595037850#


    NPU R is comprised of the neighborhoods of
    • Adams Park
    • Campbellton Road
    • Fort Valley
    • Greenbriar
    • Laurens Valley
    • Pamond Park
    • Southwest

Public Hearings
City, County, State and other public meetings:

No events on calendar

If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org.Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Innovative Housing Conversation w/DCP & MicroLife Institute

Join us for an innovative housing discussion with 
Atlanta City Studio! 
Join MicroLife Institute for a conversation on housing innovation in Atlanta on February 24th with Josh Humphries, City of Atlanta Director of Housing and Community Development, and Vanessa Lira, Asst. Director of Atlanta City Studio. The conversation will focus on Atlanta City Design Housing, an initiative that proposes innovative zoning and design policies to address housing affordability in Atlanta. The event will include a presentation on the initiative and a discussion on innovative design solutions.
 
WHEN: FEBRUARY 24TH, 6PM-7:30PM 
WHERE: ZOOM - SIGN UP BELOW

We hope you can join us! 
SIGN UP

NPU-S Calendar of Events:Feb 21 - Feb 28

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon Feb 22, 7:00pm. Community Conversation on Crime. By video: meet.google.com/rbh-ptwd-efj. By phone: +1 515-599-7285 password 480291570. A followup to the Jan 7 crime meeting.
  • Tue Feb 23, 6:30pm. Oakland City Community Organization (OCCO).

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83039203137?pwd=TzlpVHppaHR2bEV1TlB3TWZMMzhsQT09

    ​Meeting ID: 830 3920 3137

    Passcode: 30310

    One tap mobile +13017158592,,83039203137#,,,,*30310#

    Or dial: +1 301 715 8592
    Enter Meeting ID: 830 3920 3137
    Enter Passcode: 30310

  • Thu Feb 25, 4:00pm. Police Canvas - Shirley Street murder.

    Zone 4 officers and other units will be working with Homicide investigators in the area doing neighborhood canvas. The neighborhood canvas will include giving out information on the crime and who to contact with information. The police invite community members to join in the effort. 

    Community members would be is paring up with an officer and going door to door to speaking with residents. Some residents may not know about this incident and have a small piece of information that could assist the Homicide unit. 

    This will allow community members and the police to team up and work on this case. If you are interested in more information about helping, please feel free to email JCantin@atlantaga.gov

  • Thu Feb 25, 7:00pm. Cascade Ave Neighborhood Organization (CANO) (Online). Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97987226201 Meeting ID: 979 8722 6201 Call In 312-626-6799, access code, 97987226201#

External events
Events held around, nearby, or affecting NPU S.:

  • Sun Feb 21, 4:00pm. Wren's Nest Book Talk: Todd Marcell.
    Join The Wren's Nest for a FREE online discussion with author Todd Marcell about his book, How to be Cool. Each chapter in this book is specifically designed to address each of the challenges this generation of teens faces and equip them with the tools to make better decisions.

    Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-online-with-todd-marcell-tickets-136350087783
  • Tue Feb 23, 11:00am. Rapid Employment Initiative Career Fair. Please join the Urban League of Greater Atlanta for our virtual/online careerfairs every Tuesday @ 11 am. 

    These interactive virtual events allow jobseekers to meet in a virtual environment using chat rooms, teleconferencing,webcasts, webinars and/or email to exchange information about job openings. 

    PLEASE JOIN THE CALL WITH AN ELECTRONIC COPYOF YOUR RESUME AND/OR YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY.

    Registration at https://bit.ly/33tcckt

Public Hearings
City, County, State and other public meetings:

  • Wed Feb 24, 5:30pm. MILRA CES Meeting . Ft.McPherson, LRA Office, 1794 Walker Avenue.
  • Thu Feb 25, 6:00pm. APAB Public Safety Meeting.

    Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfuqrrzsqGtcOwfbEja1mgNxrB721pTw4?_x_zm_rtaid=I_6WguFdQiiKXW-vheBp6g.1612886214622.00a59b65669e5ccac84d2f0a027e37b1&_x_zm_rhtaid=553

    Via Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83993310003

    Meeting ID: 839 9331 0003
    One tap mobile
    +13017158592,,83993310003# US (Washington DC)
    +13126266799,,83993310003# US (Chicago)

    Topics & Areas of Interest:
    APD No Chase Policy
    Drag Racing
    Evictions
    Department of Public Safety & Wellness Resolution
    Establishment of Alcohol Technical Advisory Group III
    * Community Policing: A Look Ahead
    * Housing: Evictions, Shelter, & Support Services
    * Public Safety and Legal Administration Advisory Committee
    * Public Safety and Legal Administration Sub-Committee
    * ACRB | The Atlanta Citizen Review Board
    * Pre-Arrest Diversion Expansion
    * 311(non-emergency)
    * 911 Emergency Response
    * COVID-19
    * Atlanta Police Reform
    * Atlanta Police Use of Force & Policy Updates
    * Atlanta City Jail Closure
    * APD Zone Advisory Council
    * Communications, Community Engagement & Emergency Management
    * School Police, Truancy, Social Services, & Juvenile Justice
    * Fire Rescue
    * Code Enforcement
    * Legal Administration (Courts, Policy, & Support Program)
    Water Boys
    "Your suggested topic here.."

If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org.Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Help the police canvas the neighborhood to solve a murder

From Atlanta Police Zone 4:
On February 10, 2021, a 12-year-old David Mack was shot and killed about 100 yards behind 1984 Shirly Street in Utoy Creek. The homicide unit has been actively working leads and crime stoppers calls to get closure for the family in this case. Atlanta Crime Stoppers run by our police foundation has increased the reward amount for information in the case.

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 1600hrs to 1730hrs (4pm to 5:30pm) Zone 4 officers and other units will be working with Homicide investigators in the area doing neighborhood canvas. The neighborhood canvas will include giving out information on the crime and who to contact with information. I would like to invite the area community members who would like to help take part in helping to close this case. Basically, all you would be doing is paring up with an officer and or detective and going door to door to speaking with residents. Some residents may not know about this incident and have a small piece of information that could assist the Homicide unit. This will allow community members and the police to team up and work on this case. If you are interested in more information about helping, please feel free to email me at JCantin@atlantaga.gov

Captain Jeff Cantin

Atlanta PD Zone 4