Resignation from the Position of Chairperson

Dear NPU Executive Committee and General Body,

I hope this message finds you well. As I pen down these words, it is with a heart full of gratitude and a touch of bittersweet sentiment that I must convey my decision to resign from my position as Chairperson, effective immediately.

Being elected as Chairperson by our esteemed neighbors and cherished community members has been one of the highest honors of my life. This role has not only allowed me to serve our community but has also enriched my life in countless ways, fostering a deep sense of belonging and purpose.

However, with a heavy heart, I must acknowledge that my journey has taken a new direction. I have recently accepted a job opportunity that, while exciting, demands my full attention and commitment. It is a decision I do not make lightly, but one that necessitates my stepping down from a role that requires unwavering dedication—a dedication the NPU richly deserves.

In light of my departure, I am pleased to announce that our Vice Chairperson, Quadrus Black, will step in as the acting Chair of the organization. I have every confidence in Quadrus's ability to lead with the same passion and commitment that has always been the hallmark of our community.

For nearly a decade, I have had the privilege of being deeply involved in our community's growth and well-being. My commitment to our shared goals and dreams remains unshaken. Though my role may change, my dedication does not waver. I look forward to continuing my involvement and support as a member of the general body, contributing in whatever capacity I can.

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you for the trust you have placed in me over the years. Your support and camaraderie have been the wind beneath my wings, propelling me forward and enriching my tenure with joy and fulfillment. As I take this next step, I do so with the hope that our paths will continue to cross and that our collective efforts will keep our community thriving.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to serve. It has been a profound honor, and I carry forward the lessons and memories of this experience with deep appreciation.

With warmest regards and heartfelt thanks,

Kyle Lamont

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Feb 18 - Feb 24


Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events: 

Mon -Fri Yard Trimmings NOT Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL NOT be collected.

Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.

Wed Feb 21, 6:30pm. NPU-S Quality of Life Committee Meeting. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83127122349.
This committee makes recommendations to the NPU about:all matters related to social services, health care, police, and fire protection;
all matters related to recreation, parks, libraries, and cultural affairs;
and all matters related to a pleasant and healthful environment, including, but not limited to: sanitary services, water and sewer facilities and services, and noise quality.Janelle Wright, Chair: quality@npu-s.org
The Quality of Life Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm
Video: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83127122349

Phone: 1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 831 2712 2349
Thu Feb 22, 7:00pm. Cascade Ave Neighborhood Organization (CANO) (Hybrid). VICARS, 834 Cascade Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, USA. Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97987226201

Meeting ID: 979 8722 6201
Call In 312-626-6799, access code, 97987226201#

Sat Feb 24, 10:30am. Oakland City Community Organization.

IN PERSON:
Cathedral of Faith Church
1137 Avon Ave SW

ONLINE:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84116108545?pwd=Zm5HbDVPcjBsb1lSSkxvNkh3QzRldz09

Meeting ID: 841 1610 8545

Passcode: 30310

One Tap mobile
+19294362866,,84116108545#,,,,*30310# US (New York)
+13017158592,,84116108545#,,,,*30310# US (Washington DC)
Sat Feb 24, 4:30pm. Lorenzo Drive Neighborhood Association. Covers Lorenzo Drive and nearby roads.

Meets via Phone: ‪(978) 990-5162 Access Code: 6673530#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!

Urgent Appeal: Join Us in Combatting Crime - Hyundai Event at Greenbriar Mall

Dear Esteemed Zone 4 Community Leaders,

Your unwavering support is crucial in combating the rising crime rates in our area. We urgently need your assistance to amplify awareness about the Hyundai event happening at Greenbriar Mall. This event will focus on vital software updates taking place all weekend during mall hours.

It's no secret that stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles in Southwest Atlanta significantly contribute to our community's heightened crime statistics. By sharing the attached flyer within your extensive networks and social media outlets, you play a pivotal role in fortifying our collective efforts against crime.

Your participation and advocacy are invaluable in fostering a safer environment for all. Together, let's make a difference and safeguard our community's well-being.

Thank You!!

Major Antonio B. Clay II
Zone Four Commander
Southwest Atlanta Too Strong
1125 Cascade Circle, S.W.
Atlanta GA 30331-2817
Email: Abclay@AtlantaGa.Gov
Phone: 404-396-2874

"Standards, Accountability, Consistency, and Kindness."


NPU-S General Meeting *THIS* Thursday, Feb 15 @7pm

This Thursday, the 15th, will be our NPU General Meeting for February 2024, held as always, on the third Thursday of the month, 7pm to 9pm. This is a HYBRID meeting, both in person and online.
Online:

To register, either go online to http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Register or call (770) 744-5311 and leave a message with a way for us to reach you.

If you are attending via Zoom you must register with a valid email address! The registration system will send you an email with your personal link to the meeting.

You can call into the meeting if you wish to attend without using Zoom. To attend the meeting by phone, call (646) 558 8656, meeting ID 993 2987 4388. We encourage phone attendees to also register!
In person: Come to VICARS - at 838 Cascade Ave.

Matters for Voting
  • Community Improvement Grants
  • Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE): (b)earthday Festival - Zahra Alabanza, 1401 Bridges Avenue SW, April 20, 2024
  • Board of Zoning Adjustment Applications: V-24-12 Applicant seeks a variance from the zoning ordinance to reduce the required front yard setback from 35 to 31 feet - 1612 Orlando Street SW. Public Hearing 3/14/24

And, of course, there will be reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more.

See you there!

Feb 15, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW 
Agenda and supporting docs: https://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Docs

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Feb 11 - Feb 17

 

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Mon -Fri Yard Trimmings Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL be collected.

    Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.
  • Mon Feb 12, 6:00pm. Executive Committee meeting. The NPU is guided by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee is comprised of the Officers, the chairs of the Standing Committees, and a representative for each qualifying Neighborhood Organization. 

    The Executive Committee meets every second Sunday of the month at 4:45 pm. 
  • Mon Feb 12, 6:30pm. Bush Mountain Community Organization. Videoconference: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83729649966

    Call in: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 
    837 2964 9966
  • Tue Feb 13, 6:00pm. Graymont Drive Neighborhood Association.
  • Wed Feb 14, 6:30pm. NPU-S Quality of Life Committee Meeting. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83127122349.

    This committee makes recommendations to the NPU about:

    1. all matters related to social services, health care, police, and fire protection;
    2. all matters related to recreation, parks, libraries, and cultural affairs;
    3. and all matters related to a pleasant and healthful environment, including, but not limited to: sanitary services, water and sewer facilities and services, and noise quality.
    Janelle Wright, Chair: quality@npu-s.org
    The Quality of Life Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm
  • Thu Feb 15, 7:00pm. NPU-S General Meeting. 838 Cascade Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, USA. Our monthly community meeting! Find out what's happening in your neighborhood and let the City know what you think. 

    To attend over videoconferencing, you must register beforehand at  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udeCgqT8pEtycXQZ9s7Tk4_0J_73DZmQD

    Otherwise, you can call in at 
    Phone: (646) 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 993 2987 4388

    Supporting documents, including the agenda, can be found at http://bit.ly/NPUS-Meeting-Docs
  • Sat Feb 17, 10:00am. Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Meeting.Covers the Westridge, Sandtown and Venetian Hills neighborhoods

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!

Atlanta 911 Launches New Non-Emergency Web Portal

Help reduce the wait times for 911 calls by reporting your non-emergency events to a new website. Last year, Atlanta 911 took 1.3 million calls and only 3.3% of them were true emergencies.

If you need to report vandalism, lost/stolen property, harassing calls/emails, identity theft, missing trash bins, etc. go the link below and leave details. You can remain anonymous or leave contact information for an officer to call you back.

Atlanta 911 Non-Emergency (available 24 hours)
https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/f87ea07a6ebd4ae7b7e1fb859d3f7f09

Or you can still call 311 (7am-7pm)

11Alive Spotlight
https://youtu.be/0xUKIGfMVXQ?si=LHq2qAgZC8BLwwsW

Upcoming Event: How to do Business in the City of Atlanta

Community Impact Grant Deadline Approaching!

This is a reminder to submit your CIG proposals before the Executive Committee meeting this Sunday, Feb 11th.
 
You can find the information on the NPU-S website at https://www.npu-s.org/p/npu-s-community-impact-grants.html.

Please email us at CIG@npu-s.org if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you!

Best,

Matthew Quinn
NPU-S Treasurer
CIG Project Coordinator
treasurer@npu-s.org
CIG@npu-s.org

Take Action: Join Our Community Workshop for Safer Walking in Oakland City! (and community survey is still open!!)

Hey Oakland City Residents and interested NPU-S members,

We need your voice to make Oakland City safer for walking, and we're inviting you to join us for a Community Workshop on February 28th at 6 PM at Cathedral of Faith.

At this event, we'll share updates on Propel ATL's Walk Safety project in our neighborhood and, most importantly, we want your input on prioritizing transportation safety projects moving forward.

Date: February 28th
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Cathedral of Faith
(1137 Avon Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310)

Your participation matters! Let's work together to create safer streets for everyone.

For more details about the project, visit: https://www.letspropelatl.org/walkatl

Thank you for being part of the positive change in our community!

Additionally, a community survey is currently open to gather your input on the areas in Oakland City that have some biking or walking issues that need to be addressed: https://arcg.is/0GLiDa


Plan A – Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP)




Plan A influences decisions impacting lives across the city every day. For this reason, public participation is critical to updating the plan.

It takes all of us—our residents, our businesses, our neighborhood groups, our faith-based organizations, our non-profit community—to come together and craft a plan that reflects our shared values. It's timely that we are updating Plan A as we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) since comprehensive planning has been at the core of the NPU system from the very beginning. Our NPUs will continue to provide direct opportunities for all residents to actively participate in comprehensive planning during this update and future ones.

Community involvement during this update of Plan A is especially important as the plan will align with the city's new Zoning Ordinance and guide its implementation and decisions over major transit, housing, and ecological investments for years to come. DCP is dedicated to a planning process that reflects Atlanta's diversity and includes everyone in our city's future prosperity. Engagement will center on community meetings in each NPU, online surveys, and pop-ups in neighborhoods and community events across the city.

Your participation as leaders and trusted community members is essential to spreading the word and embracing all Atlantans in the planning process. You are now all Plan A Neighborhood Ambassadors.

The Community Involvement Plan and initial involvement schedule is on our website, AtlantaForAll.com. We will begin the update process with an in-person kick-off event on February 29, 2024, from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Greenbriar Mall (2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30331). You are all invited to attend, and we encourage you to invite your family, friends, and neighbors. For more details on the event, please visit our website.

We will also begin including more information about upcoming events in future NPU monthly agendas, and your NPU planners will be able to answer questions on how to participate.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email PlanA@AtlantaGa.gov.

Thank you for your time, input, and leadership in building this Beloved Community!

Jahnee R. Prince, AICP
Commissioner
Department of City Planning





What's Next ATL - January 2024



This issue: E-bike Rebate, EV Tech Jobs, EV Charging ports, Green Communities
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January 2024

Concept rendering of an electric vehicle connected to a charger

ARC Receives $6.1M Federal Grant to Install EV Charging Ports in Metro Atlanta

The grant, grant from the federal Department of Transportation to install 300-400 electric vehicle charging ports across the 20-county Atlanta region. The program will focus on communities where EV charging is scarce to support equity in the region's EV transition.

READ MORE
Anna Roach posing with Goodwill team

ARC & Goodwill Team Up to Provide Training for EV Tech Jobs

The two organizations are joining forces to offer state-of-the-industry training for metro Atlanta residents to become EV charging port technicians, thanks to a 5-year, $2 million federal grant. The high-demand jobs pay an average of $30 an hour.

READ MORE
Bikes parked on a sidewalk

City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission to Launch Equity Focused E-Bike Rebate Program

City of Atlanta residents will be eligible to apply for a rebate of $500 to $2,000 toward the purchase of an e-bike. The goal: providing affordable transportation options for moderate and low-income individuals, reducing congestion, and improving air quality.

READ MORE
Andre Dickens and Crystal Jackson presenting Green Communities award to recipient

ARC Recognizes Seven Green Communities for Continued Commitment to Sustainability

DeKalb County and the cities of Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, and Sandy Springs have been certified through ARC's Green Communities program for demonstrating leadership in sustainability practices.

READ MORE
Andre Dickens sitting next to Anna Roach

In First Meeting as ARC Board Chair, Andre Dickens Makes Board Leadership and Committee Appointments

Atlanta Regional Commission Board Chairman Andre Dickens made officer and committee appointments for 2024 and outlined a regional agenda for the year ahead.

READ MORE
Andre Dickens sitting next to Anna Roach

ARC's Homeland Security Department Holds Full-Scale Regional Training Exercise

During the day-long exercise, emergency personnel responded from across metro Atlanta responded in real-time to a suspected terrorist attack at a hotel that caused structural damage, mass injuries, and mass fatalities.

READ MORE

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Joint ARC - Transportation & Air Quality Committee Meeting
       February 14, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta Regional Commission, Harry West Conference Center
229 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Ga, 30303

Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) Meeting
       February 2 and February 16, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Atlanta Regional Commission, Harry West Conference Center
229 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Ga, 30303

Regional Housing Task Force Kickoff Meeting
       February 20, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Georgia Municipal Association
201 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

View more ARC events and meetings on ARC's Event Calendar.

View more ARC news on the ARC News Center.

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The Atlanta Board of Education's Livestream Platform is Changing to YouTube

The Atlanta Board of Education is changing our Livestream Platform from Facebook to YouTube starting. Starting February 2024, all Board related meetings will be broadcasted and stored on the Board's YouTube channel, ABOE TV! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of the Board Office. Looking forward to connecting with you via YouTube.

 

 


 

NPU-S Calendar of Events: Feb 4 - 10

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar!

NPU-S Events:

  • Yard Trimmings NOT Collected. Due to staffing shortages, yard trimmings will be collected every other week until further notice. This week, yard trimmings WILL NOT be collected.

    Trash and recycling are collected weekly as usual.
  • Wed Feb 7, 6:15pm. NPU-S Land Use Committee meeting. This committee makes recommendations to the NPU about:
    1. all matters related to the development of residential, commercial, and other large-scale development projects;
    2. all matters related to zoning, economic development, business expansion and retention, and urban design;
    3. all matters related to traffic and transportation planning;
    4. and all matters related to enforcement of City Codes.

    Karen Babino, Chair: land@npu-s.org. 770-912-3922 cell

    The Land Use Committee meets every 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:15 pm
    • Video: https://zoom.us/j/99268781798
      Meeting ID: 992 6878 1798
    • One tap mobile +13126266799,,99268781798# 
    • Phone: 312 626 6799 
      Meeting ID: 992 6878 1798
  • Thu Feb 8, 6:00pm. Friends of Rev. James Orange Park Meeting. James Orange Recreation Center, 1305 Oakland Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA. Please join Friends of Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City for the upcoming monthly community meeting. The meeting will be held at the Rev. James Orange Recreation Center next Thursday, February 8th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

    You can RSVP here: https://rb.gy/dv684r. Please review the attached agenda, which outlines the anticipated topics and speakers.

    Feel free to reach out to us at friendsofrjop@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns!
  • Sat Feb 10, 10:00am. WAWA: Service Saturdays. Outdoor Activity Center, 1442 Richland Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA. Registration required: wawa-online.eventbrite.com WAWA 404 752 5385

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!

Friends of Rev James Orange Park Community Meeting - Thursday, Feb 8th


Dear Friends,

Please join Friends of Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City for the upcoming monthly community meeting. The meeting will be held at the Rev. James Orange Recreation Center next Thursday, February 8th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

You can RSVP here: https://rb.gy/dv684r. Please review the attached agenda, which outlines the anticipated topics and speakers.

Feel free to reach out to us at friendsofrjop@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns!

Friends of Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City








Transportation Roundtable with Atlanta City Council: Tue, Feb 20 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Switchyards Downtown Club


Transportation Roundtable with Atlanta City Council

Save the date and check out the details! After last year's resounding success, Propel ATL's Transportation Roundtable returns for a second year on Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Switchyards Downtown Club.

The Transportation Roundtable, put on by our Community Advocates Network, is a unique opportunity that brings City of Atlanta policymakers and community members together to discuss actionable goals regarding transportation in Atlanta.

The format: a combination of 2-3 minute presentations and a moderated Q&A session addressing pre-submitted and live audience questions

Shape the conversation: Please submit your transportation-related question here.

These Atlanta City Council members have confirmed attendance:
  • Doug Shipman, City Council president
  • Jason Winston, D1
  • Amir Farokhi, D2
  • Byron Amos, D3
  • Jason Dozier, D4
  • Alex Wan, D6
  • Dustin Hillis, D9
  • Antonio Lewis, D12
  • Keisha Waites, Post 3 At-Large
Building on 2023's success

Last year's inaugural roundtable brought residents and policymakers together to discuss Atlanta's transportation challenges. Councilmembers including Council President Doug Shipman and Transportation Committee chair Amir Farokhi, as well as Jason Dozier, Dustin Hillis, Antonio Lewis, and Matt Westmoreland shed new light on key issues. As reported by Atlanta Civic Circle, topics included the challenges in carrying out major transit plans, budget constraints, staffing shortages, and the progress of projects like the More MARTA expansion and the DeKalb Avenue Safety Improvement Project. These insights set the stage for this year's focus on actionable goals and community engagement.

Why Your Participation Matters

The questions, concerns, and insights of residents like you play a crucial role in shaping the transportation landscape of Atlanta. This opportunity comes just once a year, so mark your calendar and get ready to help make a difference.

When:
February 20, 2024 at 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Where:
Switchyards Downtown Club
151 Ted Turner Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

RSVP: https://www.letspropelatl.org/transportation_roundtable_2024

February Webinar: Reevaluating Code Enforcement