Lev Sterling, 1951-2018

We would like to take a moment to note the untimely passing of Lev Sterling, of Avon Avenue. Lev was a passionate advocate for our area of town and was chair of NPU-S from 2006 through 2010.   He is missed.

Free Job Training - Fulton Co.


Workshop: Become a Production Assistant! Feb 26

  • When: February 26, 2018, 1-3pm
  • Where: 72 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta GA 30303
  • Cost: Free
 For more information: Call 404 546 3651 or email Tamara Roulhac at troulhac@ulgatl.org


Westmont Rd speed tables

Excellent news!



The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the installation of speed tables, traffic calming devices, to be installed on Westmont Road, SW between Venetian Drive, SW to Avon Avenue, SW.

This project will begin by late February and is scheduled to be completed within thirty-days (30), weather permitting.

Emergency No Parking sign may be placed along the project areas 48-72 hours prior to the
installation, if necessary. Please move your vehicle to an off-street parking area or a side street prior to construction activities otherwise it may be subject to being towed.

(Georgia Code 44-1-13)

Construction projects are typically scheduled for completion within 4-5 days following the
construction date, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Construction activities will take place between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Local traffic access will be maintained for the duration.

For questions concerning impact to the right-of-way fronting specific properties or concerns during the construction of this project, please contact:

City of Atlanta Department of Public Works

Selected Notes from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Three items:

ABI Issues RFP for 2018 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine
ABI recently issued a request for proposals for participation in this year's Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. If you'd like to learn more, information sessions will be held February 24 at ABI's offices and March 10 at Gallery 992 on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Click on the links for more info.

Arboretum Walking Tours Resume

Our free Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum walking tours have also resumed for 2018. Led by expertly-trained docents from our partner Trees Atlanta, these tours will educate you about the trees, native perennials and grasses that make up our award-winning arboretum while providing history and context about the neighborhoods through which the trail passes. Tours depart at 10:00 a.m.and return 90 minutes later. We start the 2018 season today – Georgia Arbor Day – with a tour of the new Westside Trail Arboretum. Weekly tours of the Eastside Trail Arboretum (pictured above) are also led by Trees Atlanta on Saturday mornings.

Sign Up for a Tour!

Homeowner Empowerment Workshops Return 

Are you a resident of an Atlanta BeltLine neighborhood with questions about homeownership? Our free homeowner empowerment workshops are designed to make sure existing homeowners are equipped to take advantage of resources that can help them stay in their homes, or knowledgeably evaluate opportunities if they are interested in selling. Our first 2018 workshop is set for Sat., Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at On the Rise Financial Center, 810 Joseph E. Boone Blvd., Atlanta 30314. Sign up today!

Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority Board of Director's Meeting 2/22

You're invited to the
Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority
Board of Director's Meeting
February 22, 2018
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the meeting can be downloaded via the following link:

Meeting Location
 Conference Room
Atlanta, GA 30303

For additional information, please contact Rhonda Corporal at 404-585-3392.
Open to the public.

Homestead Exemptions Deadline - April 2

There are many property tax exemptions that you may be eligible for. Find out more at http://fultonassessor.org/exemptions/.

Of particular interest for seniors, there's an exemption that freezes your property tax so it cannot increase more than 3% any year. If you want your taxes frozen, you probably want to freeze them at 2017's assessments, before your property values go up in 2018.


Hawks ticket giveaway

Come to our first General Meeting of the year, and you may have a chance to win these tickets to the February 28 Hawks-Pacers game!

The seats are very nice, and the tickets come with a $10 credit at the concession stand!

To win, be a resident of NPU-S and show up at the February 15th General Meeting:

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Ave SW, Atlanta GA 30311

Parking for Tonight's Meeting

Pastor Smith informs us that there's concrete being poured at the front entrance to the parking lot for VICARS, our meeting location. The front entrance, on Cascade, will be blocked, and the rear entrance, on Westmont, will be opened.

Note that Westmont is one-way where the rear entrance is.

Meeting agenda and GIVEAWAY, Feb 15

Here's a link to the meeting agenda for the upcoming February meeting:


Remember, the meeting is held every third Thursday, 7pm, at VICARS, 850 Cascade Ave SW. This month's meeting will be on the February 15th, the earliest possible day of the month. Don't get caught flat-footed!

February's meeting will be have a number of highlights:
Hope to see you there!

February meeting item: Zoning "Quick Fixes" (Z-17-93)

This particular issue has been with us since November, but we didn't have a General Meeting in December, and January was canceled because of the weather. That brings us to the upcoming February meeting, where we get to vote on Z-17-9, "Zoning Ordinance Quick Fixes Phase 1.

Despite the name, the "Quick Fixes" proposal is very large - 14 separate changes put together in a single omnibus. The overall intent is to apply a group of easy-to-execute "patches" in the existing zoning code to bring the code more in line with the Comprehensive Development Plan. Many of the items won't affect NPU-S, but since it's a citywide ordinance change, we get to vote on it.

If we attempt to debate this ordinance in its point-by-point at the meeting, the meeting will run over. I therefore strongly encourage everyone to look over the ordinance, which is linked below. 
Here are the topics:
  1.  Accessory structure height
  2.  Accessory structure size
  3.  Accessory uses in Residential (R) Districts
  4.  Bike parking standards
  5.  Deletion of unused districts
  6.  Independent driveways
  7.  Multi-Family / Residential General (MR/RG) single and two family minimum lot sizes
  8.  Mixed Residential Commercial (MRC) building placement
  9.  Unified development plans
  10.  Non-conforming minimum fa├žade heights
  11.  Special Use Permit (SUP) transfers
  12.  Sidewalk requirements
  13.  Storage pods in R districts
  14.  Non-conforming plats
If you have any questions or concerns about the ordinance, you can send an email to the chair (chair@npu-s.org) or the Land Use team, which covers zoning (land@npu-s.org).

Free Mammograms Saturday 2/17

Free mammograms Saturday, February 17 from 9A-3P at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA.  Register by Thursday, February 15  
Service provided by Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital mobile mammography unit in partnership with the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.

Atlanta Public Schools Legislative Reception

You're Invited...
Atlanta Parents and Community for
Atlanta Public Schools
8th Annual
Legislative Reception
Bringing the Gold Dome into the Community:
Securing our Future through Education Legislation!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:00 PM
5:30-6:00 Meet & Greet ¦ 6-7:00 Legislative Laboratories ¦ 7-8:00 Guest Speakers Q&A
Center for Leadership & Learning (APS Building)
130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Guest Speakers:
GA State Superintendent, 
Richard Woods
APS Superintendent
 Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen
All Atlanta-Fulton Legislators Invited:  
APS, Fulton County, Atlanta City Council, State Legislators, House & Senate, Education Committee, Georgia BOE
Leg Labs include small group discussion on education legislation introduced this session. Legislators, Community, and a Professional Facilitator will help to support input and discussion
Enjoy Soup and Sandwiches while you speak one-on-one with your elected officials, legislators on education issues!
(Free and open to the public, free parking APS deck enter Garnett Street)               For more info:   atlantaforatlantapublicschools@gmail.com

Fulton County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy Accepting Participants

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is soliciting participation for this year’s upcoming Citizens Academy. Classes will run from April 25, 2018 to May 30, 2018. The 6 week program will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Subject matter offered in the classes will include CPR/first aid, a Fulton County Jail tour, use of force, code red/mass evacuation, and more.

For an application, contact the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Section at 404-612-6624 or community.outreach.fcso@fultoncountyga.gov

Senior Services Arts Program Expansion

Fulton County Commissioners approved the 2018 Budget on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 with $40,000 allocated to “Living Out Loud", a pilot program designed to provide additional Arts and Culture programs for seniors. Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington Jr. initiated the development of the program, which provides 10 weeks of classes for seniors for free.

The pilot program will allow Arts & Culture and Senior Services to determine the demand for a continued partnership to serve senior center participants. This collaboration is one of the many strategies to expand access to classes and programming currently offered at senior multipurpose facilities.

The classes will include Theater, Inner Healing Stretch, Pottery, Dance, Visual Arts and Poetry, Creative Movement, Jewelry Making, and Community Chorus. “Living Out Loud” begins March 20, 2018 and ends May 8, 2018. Once the outcomes are determined, Fulton County Commissioners will consider potential expansion of the program. For more information about the program, call 404-612-5780 or 404-613-6000.