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!


Rashid Z. Muhammad

Chairman, NPU M

chair at npumatlanta.org

Atlanta False Alarm Ordinance – Register by February 1, 2014

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters.

Fines assessed for false alarms.

Read the entire press release by clicking here

APD False Alarm flyer


General Body Meeting, Annual Elections, November 25, 2013

The NPU-M General Body meeting will be held tonight, November 25th, at the Helene S. Mills Sr. Multipurpose Senior Center at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.  The meeting starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:30pm.  We meet monthly on the fourth Monday.

Tonight’s agenda includes our annual elections, as well as a full agenda.

Tonight’s agenda is here, the draft minutes for the October 28, 2013 General Body meeting are here, and the planner’s summary of last month’s meeting is here.  The minutes for the September General Body meeting were approved without amendment; they are posted here.

All Members Vote October 28th on Bylaws Review

NPU M is conducting the annual process of reviewing our bylaws, as mandated by the City of Atlanta.  A bylaws committee was formed, and it submitted a proposal for revisions at the September 23rd meeting of the General Body.  Thanks to Keith DeCay, Jim Schneider, Kit Sutherland, Matt Garbett, Matthew Jones, and Rashid Muhammad for serving on the committee.
Amendments to the Bylaws were also proposed from the floor.  As per our current bylaws, the changes were tabled until the next meeting to allow time for review.All members of NPU M are eligible to vote on the bylaws, regardless of prior attendance.  If you reside, own property, or operate a business/organization (one designated rep from the latter) in NPU M, you are eligible to vote at October’s meeting (October 28, 6:30PM).  We meet at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue at the Helene S. Mills Sr. Multipurpose Senior Center.
We strongly encourage you to read the proposed changes, discuss them, and attend the October 28th meeting.  Here’s some material to help you participate — the bare essentials are in bold:

General Body Meeting, September 2013

The NPU-M General Body meeting will be held tonight, September 23rd, at the Helene S. Mills Sr. Multipurpose Senior Center at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.  The meeting starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:30pm.  We meet monthly on the fourth Monday.

This month’s agenda is available here.  The agenda does sometimes change at the last minute – revisions will be posted below.  You can also check for revisions at the NPU Schedule page, where the Office of Planning posts each NPU’s agenda, meeting time, and location.

City of Atlanta ordinance requires NPUs to review and submit their bylaws each year.  Our review is in process — please, come to the meeting to hear the report and recommendations of the Bylaws Committee.  Amendments and approval of the bylaws will be voted on at the October 28th General Body meeting (2013 NPU M Bylaws here; Article IX covers this review and amendment process).

Draft minutes of the August 26th General Body meeting are here, and the revised agenda for August 26th is here.

UPDATE:  The Bylaws Committee reported at the meeting and introduced its proposed revisions.  Motions to consider the committee’s proposed revisions and an amendment were automatically tabled, in compliance with Article IX, Section 1 of our bylaws.  These possible revisions to our bylaws will be considered at the next meeting of the General Body of NPU M (October 28th) — please, familiarize yourself with current bylaws and come take part in our neighborhood!  Meeting requirements for voting eligibility do not apply to bylaws.  Any member of NPU M can take part and vote on bylaws.  Come take part!