Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Update, Phase II


The City of Atlanta is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the City zoning ordinance. In 2017, several "quick fixes" were identified and have been updated. Phase 2 of the ordinance update has begun. Please see the update booklet from the City. There will be a discussion on the proposal at the next NPU-W Land Use and Zoning Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 7pm at the Village Church in East Atlanta Village.


SAND Annual Elections

Elections for 2019 positions will take place at SAND's October 11th meeting, 7:30pm to 9:00pm at

Ormewood Park Church (Fellowship Hall)
1071 Delaware Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA, 30316 United States

All officers, committee chairs, neighborhood representatives, and NPU representatives positions are eligible for re-election.

You must be a full/active SAND member in order to vote in SAND elections or run for a SAND office.


More MARTA Survey

It is critical that every SAND resident fill out the More MARTA survey to provide feedback on proposed.....and unproposed projects. For example, if you support additional MARTA service in SAND via rail on the BeltLine Southside loop, specifically mention that in the survey. MARTA has stated that the current project list is just a proposal and can be changed based off the feedback it receives at both meetings and through the survey.

Thanks in advance!

Atlanta Beltline: Atlanta Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program Public Meetings

Atlanta Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Program Public Meetings

April 7th and 14th, 2018

Invest Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning & Community Development have launched a deferred forgivable loan program to eligible City of Atlanta homeowners for health and safety repairs on their home. Come learn about this exciting program.

April 7th, 2018 from 9-11am
Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30310

April 14th, 2018 from 9-11am
Peachtree Hills Recreation Center
308 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Atlanta Beltline Meeting: Southeast Study Group - Subarea 3 Master Plan Update - Open House

April 14, 2018

Are you ready to help design your community? Join us for a community design workshop as a part of the Subarea 3 Master Plan Update. This is an opportunity to refine previous recommendations from the existing master plan and give your input and ideas on community fabric, land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), transportation facilities (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes,) existing streets and proposed new streets, and parks & open space. The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 AM: 30-minute presentation
  • 11:00 AM: Input at stations throughout the room
  • 12:15 PM: Repeat of 30-minute presentation
  • 12:45 – 1:00 PM: Final questions and input

April 14, 2018 from 10am to 1pm

Focused Community Strategies Community Room behind Carver Market
1297 McDonough Boulevard, SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Update: Value Village at the corner of Custer and Moreland Development

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by Nathan Clubb
President, South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development

Josh Lorenz (SAND secretary) and myself spoke with the new owners of the Value Village shopping center (1280-1296 Moreland Avenue and 1263 Custer Avenue) this afternoon. SAND and NPU-W had voted in favor of the annexation and rezoning of that property into the City of Atlanta as MRC-1 (low-density mixed residential commercial) with the condition that 10 percent of any for sale residential be set aside for those earning up to 100% of Area Median Income (AMI). At the time of the vote at both SAND and NPU-W, the applicants planned to only have for sale residential. They are now considering some rental units as well in the future, and were wanting to set aside 10 percent of those units for people earning up to 100% of AMI. We asked that this be modified to 80% of AMI and they agreed to make this change to the proposed legislation. It has already cleared the Zoning and Review Board, but still needs to be approved by City Council next month. If anyone has any questions or concerns in regards to the inclusion of apartments (which are a permitted use for MRC-1) or the set aside amounts, please contact me at and I'll put you in touch with the applicant. Please see the link below for more information.

SAND Holiday Potluck

We'll have a brief SAND meeting & officer elections followed by a potluck dinner on Thursday, December 10th, 7:30 PM,  at Woodland Hills Church, 1084 Woodland Avenue SE.

SAND will provide the holiday ham and beverages. We ask that you provide the sides and dessert, feel free to post on our Facebook what you want to bring.

Also, Center for Hope is collecting blankets and warm clothes at the church. Please bring any you would like to donate.

Southeast Atlanta Residents Launch Campaign to Save Neighborhood Libraries

Funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is currently building a new library at 1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315.

Through investigation, Southeast Atlanta residents have learned that the current plan is to close Georgia Hill, Carver Homes, and Thomasville Heights libraries once the new Southeast Atlanta Branch is opened in late 2015.

While residents are excited at the prospect of having a new, modern library, they point out that "Losing these neighborhood libraries will limit access to the rich collection of resources that are currently in our communities.  Children and adults can currently walk and bike from Grant Park, Peoplestown, and Summerhill, under the new plan the library would be almost an hour's walk away." 

Concerned neighbors have launched a petition campaign at which will be sent to the Fulton County Commissioners, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.  It is available at:

Neighborhood Residents Ask Mayor Reed to Complete Planning Study Before Selling Turner Field

ATLANTA, GA. - A letter from the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition will be hand-delivered by a delegation of over 50 neighborhood residents to Mayor Kasim Reed following a press conference on Tuesday, July 7th. Similar letters will be delivered to Atlanta City Council Members, Fulton County Commissioners, and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority Board. Media outlets are invited to hear directly from neighborhood residents on the steps of old City Hall on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:00am at 68 Mitchell Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington reports.

The letter asks the Mayor to make a public commitment to completing the Turner Field Livable Centers Initiative Planning Study (LCI) process before negotiating any development deal. It requests that Mayor Reed use the recommendations from this study to initiate a competitive bidding process for the massive redevelopment project.  “Our communities have suffered long enough as a result of top-down development.” says Summerhill resident John A. Colabelli. “We don’t want a quick fix solution. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore the surrounding neighborhoods and reconnect downtown to the entire south side of Atlanta.” 

The LCI Planning Study grant was awarded to the City of Atlanta in February 2015 and represents the largest LCI grant ever-awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The study is due to be completed by July 31, 2016. The Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition is a coalition of 42 neighborhood associations and advocacy groups representing thousands of residents in the communities surrounding Turner Field. The Coalition seeks community participation in decisions related to the redevelopment of the Turner Field Stadium area. More information about the Coalition, including a list of members, can be found at

Zoo Atlanta Receives Major Gift from Woodruff Foundation

Zoo Atlanta has been awarded a $20 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in a dramatic show of support for an unprecedented expansion of Atlanta’s oldest cultural destination. The grant will match other gifts for the project on a 1:1 basis up to and including a commitment of $20 million.

Read more at The Porch Press >

AJC creates 'Crime in ATL' Application

'This application allows our city of Atlanta readers to see the latest crimes* in their neighborhoods, along with trending patterns since 2009.'

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has created an interactive map and a series of graphs from data submitted by the Atlanta Police Department.  It features total crime incidents reported over the last month as well as crime trends since 2009.  Overall, crime in Zone 6 has been on the decline since 2009.

You can access 'Crime in ATL' for Zone 6 by clicking here: