All posts by Rashid Z. Muhammad

NPU-M Chairman

NPU Land Use October – NEW LOCATION

The location of the meeting has changed to the Arts and Crafts room at the Cosby Spear Senior Highrise at 355 North Ave. Map:

You can enter on North or Linden. Dial into the front desk from the gate or pedestrian entrance. You can enter at the door adjacent to the parking lot. You will have to dial in again at this door. Once you enter, walk past the front desk, turn left, and walk to the back room beyond the pool table. If you have any issues, give me a call (my phone # is below).

Agenda

Let me know if you have questions,
Rashid Z. Muhammad

chair@npumatlanta.org / 678-595-2582

Welcome to 2014!

Greetings Neighbors!

On behalf of the 2014 officers for NPU M I would like to take time to welcome you all to a new year of community service!

For those of you not familiar with our organization, Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) M is the official citizen’s voice to the City of Atlanta for people residing or working in the Old Fourth Ward, Sweet Auburn, Downtown, Castleberry Hill, and southern stretch of the Marietta Street Artery Association. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively and to receive information concerning all functions of city government.  The system enables citizens to express ideas and comment on city plans and proposals while assisting the city in developing plans that best meet the needs of their communities.

2014 is poised to be a pivotal year for NPU M. With the economy recovering, the Atlanta Streetcar, Ponce City Market, the Beltline, new Falcons stadium, Multi Modal Passenger Terminal, continued growth of Georgia State, new City Council, and various other activities emanating from our vibrant neighborhoods, major change abounds like it hasn’t in a while — and with change comes opportunity.

We would love your help in maximizing community benefits from this change.

The NPU is currently looking for people to staff our 2014 committees. NPU committee work can be an experience rife with rewards personally and professionally. You can network with the movers and shakers in your community, help influence public policy by working with the City Council, collaborate with APD on matters of public safety, engage in city-wide projects with the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, organize special events, develop and apply leadership skills, recruit new residents and businesses, or just have a good time working to improve your neighborhood with like-minded people. There is no residency requirement or minimum time commitment, if you have a pulse and ten minutes of time every now and then we can use you.

The standing NPU Committees and their responsibilities are:

Land Use and Zoning – Development and Land Use; Urban Design; Zoning Applications; Variance Requests; Special Administrative Permits; Land Bank Authority Requests; Historic Preservation.
Education – Redistricting; Use of School Facilities and Resources; Education Standards and Techniques.
Community Development/Human Resources – Tax Allocation Districts; Comprehensive Development and Master Plan.
Safety – Criminal Activity and Public Safety; Fire Prevention; Code Enforcement.
Transportation – Traffic; Parking; Transit.
Utility – Work and Construction.
Committee on Council – Legislation; City Council operations/activities.

Sound good?

Great! Just contact your neighborhood association or Matthew Jones, NPU Vice Chairman and committee coordinator, (vicechair at npumatlanta.org) to let us know about your interest. You don’t need to know anything about what you would like to do. We will be recruiting new members throughout January and have a retreat on February 1st at 2pm (venue to be announced) where we will give you a primer on the pressing issues in the community and what you can do to contribute.

In the meantime, why don’t you come to our first General Body meeting of 2014? It will be at 6:30 PM on Monday January 27th 2014 at the Helene Mills Senior Center (515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, N.E.). We hope to see you there!

Regards,

Rashid Z. Muhammad

Chairman, NPU M

chair at npumatlanta.org

Traffic Calming Legislation

In our January 24th NPU meeting, Enrique Bascuñana from the planner’s office made us aware of an ordinance that pertains to the installation and removal of traffic calming devices in the public right of way. Please review it and submit any comments.

The message from Enrique with the attachments linked below:

“10-O-0467 A SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO AMEND CHAPTER 138 (ENTITLED “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES”), ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION 138-84 AND 13885 SO AS TO AMEND THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR THE INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Please contact Nursef Kedir in the Department of Public Works for questions or comments regarding this legislation.  His contact information is listed below.

Nursef Kedir
City of Atlanta
Office of Transportation/Department of Public Works
68 Mitchell Street, S.W.
4900 City Hall South
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531
Phone:    (404) 330-6501
E-mail:  nkedir@atlantaga.gov

Attachments:

Traffic Caliming Code Section Amendment Highlights

The Proposed Traffic Calming Code Section with Amendments

Current Traffic Calming Code Section

Farmers’ Market Ordinance

In our January 24th NPU meeting, Enrique Bascuñana from the planner’s office made us aware of an ordinance that pertains to Farmers’ Markets in the city. Please review it and submit any comments.

The message from Enrique with the attachments linked below:

“The Farmers’ Market legislation is a text amendment to the zoning ordinance.  This legislation has been placed on the January NPU meeting agenda for information purposes only– a vote is not required by the NPU this evening.  The legislation will be placed back on the meeting agenda again in February – for a formal vote to be taken and any final recommendations to be submitted to the City.   The NPU will have up until the February meeting to review the legislation and submit any questions or comments to the Office of Planning or Office of Sustainability.  A revised ordinance, made in response to the NPU comments, will be distributed in March and will then be presented to the Zoning Review Board (ZRB) at a ZRB public hearing in April.

Attached are copies of the proposed Farmers’ Market legislation and fact sheet that are being distributed to the NPUs this month.

Please submit in writing questions or comments that you may have regarding the content of the legislation for clarification of the proposed regulations or consideration of any revisions to be made.”

Attachments:

Z-10-030 Farmers market zoning ordinance text amdt_121710 – REVISED

Z-10-030 Farmers Market Fact sheet