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► Atlanta police cameras set up in Sandy Springs PAGE 20

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Rep. Wilkinson to retire; special council election scheduled for May 24 BY JOHN RUCH

State Rep. Joe Wilkinson is dropping his re-election bid and endorsing challenger Deborah Silcox in the May 24 Republican primary. In his unexpected March 23 retirement announcement after 16 years in office, Wilkinson also blasted the race’s other candidate, Graham McDonald, as part of a See REP. on page 14

From left, Olga Jimenez, and her sons Juan, center, and Oliver, 3, get in a little play time before the start of Lake Forest Elementary School’s second annual, “Family Fun Run” on March 26. Juan was the winner of the fun run. Students, faculty and staff participated in a 2-mile run on school grounds, followed by jump rope and 100-yard-dash competitions.


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occupied.’ A significant block of it is not.” Brad Karfunkel senior data analyst for the NYU Furman Center See Real Estate PAGE 6

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Transportation experts talk BeltLine transit and Sandy Springs streetcar BY JOHN RUCH

Qualifying for candidates in the May 24, 2016 Special Election All applications and fees must be submitted in person to the City Clerk’s Office located at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs Ga. 30350, during the following dates and times: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 14, 2016, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, April 15, 2016, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Candidates may dow nload the application from the Cit y ’s website (, or pick up the application at Sandy Springs City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee is $540.00. Required qualifications: No person shall be eligible to serve as council member unless that person shall have been a resident of the area comprising the corporate limits of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for council member, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Sandy Springs. In addition to the above requirement, no person shall be eligible to serve as a council member representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district such person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election for council member and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service.


MARTA aims to fund transit on Atlanta’s BeltLine this year and Sandy Springs just might run a streetcar on Roswell Road. Those were some of the ideas floated by experts, including MARTA CEO Keith Parker, at a March 29 “transportation summit” hosted by Leadership Sandy Springs at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. The experts preached a “multi-modal” solution to Perimeter commuter traffic, where many different types of transportation—walking, biking, driving, public transit—are all good and interconnected options. That’s a common topic in local transportation discussions, but the experts gave a few new insights and ideas. The panel featured Parker, Bryant Poole, Sandy Springs’ assistant city manager in charge of transportation planning; Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson; and Yvonne Williams, the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts president and CEO. The moderator was David Rubinger, publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle and a Sandy Springs resident.

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Sandy Springs has drawn attention in recent months for talking about possible futuristic mass transit, such as a monorail or gondola system, for the Perimeter Center area. PCIDs and its three cities are about to launch a new study of such alternative transit options. At the summit, Poole pitched yet another idea: “Trolley service up and down Roswell Road.” He said the city is considering that as one of many options in its master planning process. A Roswell Road streetcar might require taking away one lane in each direction from private vehicle traffic, he said. “I’m already seeing the reaction on people’s faces” that they find the idea impossible, Poole said, but noted some other cities are making streetcars work.

“We’re looking for the future. We’re looking for the greatest technology to make things better,” Poole said.

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Atlanta has a new streetcar that isn’t doing so well, but Parker said that’s because it’s a “starter line” that will grow once it connects to other transit. And that could happen, he said, now that the state Legislature just passed a bill allowing Atlanta to seek a MARTA-funding sales tax increase. Parker said he thinks the Atlanta transportation package that will go before voters this fall “will include a healthy dose of what we think are smart connectors” linking Atlanta’s BeltLine and MARTA. The Perimeter highway is both a solution and a problem to the transportation experts. Williams explained that the state’s expansion of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, slated to begin early next year, will cause short-term traffic headaches and long-term benefits, including toll lanes that can double as future bus or rail transit. Williams said she expects the interchange construction contract to be certified by the state April 8, followed by a clearer construction schedule. She said she expects the Ga. 400 work will be done first because the state still has some land acquisition issues along I-285. Another big impact coming to I-285 next year is the new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County. While there is a lot of talk about game-day impacts, Poole said the overall mixed-use development around the stadium “is what we all should be scared of” in traffic terms, suggesting an ongoing traffic boost. Many different solutions are in discussion. Tomlinson and Williams are working on expanding GRTA’s Xpress commuter bus service between Cobb and Perimeter Center. And Poole said the city continues to talk with Cobb about a potential bigger interchange at I-285 and Powers Ferry Road.

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Don and Marlene Hart, homeowners at 1120 Heards Ferry Road, live next door to Riverwood International Charter School where construction is taking place. They worry that blasting with explosives will damage their residence.


Construction work on Riverwood International Charter School’s expansion has run into a big stumbling block—2,200 cubic feet of solid rock where a baseball field is planned to go. Blasting with explosives will clear the rock, but that plan is worrying Heards Ferry Road neighbors who fear cracks in the walls of their multi-million-dollar homes. “We have put blasting on hold until we can resolve some of the community’s concerns,” said Fulton County Schools spokesperson Susan Hale. She said “only two homeowners” had contacted the school district with concerns, and “it appears their concerns have been satisfactorily addressed.” But Marlene and Don Hart, who live at 1120 Heards Ferry, next door to the school, said they are awaiting more information, and believed the school district was considering alternatives to blasting. “It’s a big concern for us because we’re right next door,” said Marlene Hart. “We certainly don’t want cracks in the walls of our home.” Winston Jones, who lives at 1055 Heards Ferry, said he’s also concerned. Like the Harts, he said he learned of the plan only via a March 11 letter that said blasting would take place March 21 through May 6, with no other details. The letter also requested the homeowners allow a consultant to do a “pre-blast survey” of the inside and outside of their houses. “Blasting—it sounds like a scary word, but it’s a very small detonation…You’d barely notice it,” Hale said. Hale said she speaks from experience, as controlled blasting once took place next door to Fulton Schools’ former headquarters in East Point. That “felt like a very small tremor…A truck driving by is louder,” she said. “There is no shooting rock or clouds of dust like you see in the movies.” Hale said the school district would use the same firm, Controlled Blasting, Inc., SS

that recently did similar blasting at the City Springs construction site. But she acknowledged that the “pre-blast survey” is for insurance purposes because explosion vibrations can crack walls. Jones said he knows such blasting is fairly common on construction sites and that he heard similar assurances from another school official. “But it’s not across the street from his house,” Jones said. Riverwood is undergoing a major expansion on the former site of Heards Ferry Elementary School, which recently moved to a new building on Powers Ferry Road. The expansion involves lowering the site by 23 feet, Hale said. Surveyors were surprised to find the huge mass of rock beneath the old school’s foundations, she said. Hale could not say what the additional cost of removing the rock might be. But, she said, blasting is cheaper, faster and quieter than digging the rock out with earth movers. Blasting would take place every three days for about five weeks and possibly less, she said. But Jones and the Harts said that information was not in the notice mailed by the school district. Jones said he received the letter only a few days before the scheduled blasting. Jones and the Harts also did not want to participate in the “pre-blast survey” due to privacy and security concerns with the storage of photos and videos of their home interiors. “It is not something we are required to offer, but instead something we want to do in order to be a good neighbor and help our homeowners feel confident in the construction process,” Hale said of the inspections, to be done by contractor Vibra-Tech. “This is to protect them, not to protect us,” Marlene Hart said of the insurance inspections. “I think they should detail, and let the whole neighborhood know, what they’re going to do, when they’re going to do it, and how they’re going to do it,” said Hart.

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‘Next Ten’ plans MARTA station areas, previews zoning changes BY JOHN RUCH

In the latest steps of Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” urban planning process, residents helped plan MARTA station area redevelopment and the City Council got a preview of big changes to the zoning code. A March 28 city planning meeting at Sherwood Event Hall focused on redevelopment visions around the North Springs and proposed Northridge Road MARTA stations. The group of about 30 residents in attendance proved willing to support at least small-scale transit-oriented projects, especially if it means redeveloping older apartment complexes. Residents also saw opportunities for

more green space, wider sidewalks and better lighting. Some specific infrastructure ideas included a pedestrian bridge across Ga. 400 at North Springs and an extension of Colquitt Road to Northridge Parkway to improve connections. A preview of new ideas in forthcoming rewritten zoning code drew the City Council’s attention at a special March 29 meeting. But most of all, consultant Lee Einsweiler drew thanks for promising a simpler, clearer update to a code officials and residents alike say is a mess. The Next Ten process is updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, rewriting the zoning and making detailed plans of certain areas. The presentations can be viewed and commented on at

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Study says: Metro home renters head to the suburbs BY JOE EARLE

The dream of suburban home ownership appears to be changing. Renters are heading to the suburbs. Not just to fill the stacks of apartments rising across Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody, but also in single-family homes. In metro Atlanta, as in big cities across the country, the percentage of renters of suburban homes is rising, according to a new NYU Furman Center/Capital One study. “You see a block of homes and you think, ‘That is all owner-occupied,” said Brad Karfunkel, senior data analyst for the NYU Furman Center and co-author of the study, which was released March 8. “A significant block of it is not.” The study’s authors crunched census data for the 11 largest metro areas in the U.S., including metro Atlanta, and determined the number and share of renters increased in both cities and surrounding suburbs from 2006 to 2014, and that rental housing stock grew faster than the “ownership stock” in all 11 communities. In metro Atlanta, the share of the population renting homes in the suburbs increased to 36 percent in 2014, as compared with 28 percent in 2006, according to the NYU Furman Center/Capital One study. At the same time, the share of renters in single-family homes or townhomes rather than apartments or condos increased to 44 percent in 2014, from 33 percent in 2006. And the number of rental units in the metro area increased by 26 percent from

2006 to 2014, the third highest rate among the 11 cities studied, the report says. “What we see going on in Atlanta is that there’s a pretty widespread increase in renters living in single-family homes and a large number of the renters are outside the city of Atlanta proper ...,” Karfunkel said in a recent telephone interview. “The renting population is very much in the suburbs.” The pattern holds true in Reporter Newspapers communities, too. When Karfunkel checked available data on Sandy Springs at the newspapers’ request, he found the share of the population renting homes increased to an average of 51 percent in the years 2010-14, up from an average of 42 percent from 2005 to 2009. “It’s gone up by more than 9 percentage points, which is a lot compared to suburbs of metro areas nationwide,” Karfunkel said. Little historical census data is available for the newer cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven, Karfunkel said, but he was able to calculate that the share of population renting in 2010-2014 was about 41 percent in Dunwoody and about 52 percent in Brookhaven. Why the increase in suburban rentals? Karfunkel says he can’t tell just looking at the numbers, but said it may reflect the number of residents who lost homes in the recession and have not bought new ones. “It may well be that that some of the people living in these rental houses could be living next door to a house they used to own,” he said. Local real estate agents also have noticed the rise in home rentals in the suburbs in recent years and

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offer various possible reasons for the shift. Some suggest that more suburban houses are being offered for rent because demand for the properties is strong. On one recent day, listed 39 houses for rent in Sandy Springs, 14 in Dunwoody and 24 in Brookhaven. Altogether, 767 houses were listed for rent in Fulton County and 590 in DeKalb County. “I think it’s being driven by a strong market. People say, ‘Why should I sell my house for X dollars when there are people are willing to rent?’” said Belinda Cook, an associate broker who represented one of the Dunwoody rental homes listed on and who also handles her own rental property. “The market is hot” locally for both home rentals and sales, said Sandy Springs agent Avi Shemesh of Chapman Hall Realty. A three-bedroom, two-bath Brookhaven home he listed to rent at more than $4,000 a month attracted five potential tenants in less than a month, he said. Shemesh thinks local demand reflects interest in jobs in Atlanta. “More people are coming to Georgia,” especially in the movie and music businesses, he said.

Cook thinks the rising interest with suburban rentals lies with millennials. Some, she said, want to live in closein communities, but still want a yard. “They used to live in apartments more and I think they want to live in houses,” she said. “They’ve found friends they get along with [to share rent], and they want to have animals, and it’s hard to have a pet in an apartment.” The NYU Furman study found that despite the increase in overall rentals, the median household income of renters in the metro area actually has declined slightly, to $36,400 in 2014 from $37,000 in 2006. Over the same period, median gross rent has barely budged, to $980 in 2014 from $970 in 2006. “Of the 11 metro areas studied, Atlanta is among the more affordable metros, with 37 percent of the recently available units affordable to the median renter household in 2014,” the study said. Still, the population of renters grew by 40 percent between 2006 and 2014, faster than the number of available rental houses, which increased by 26 percent over the period. That, the study found, meant the rental vacancy rate dropped to 10 percent from 13 percent over the period.

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Greenberg, of Dunwoody, had lost her grown son, Steven, in a car accident in 2002. The grief of not having him with her on those two special days in 2009 was enough to want to make her leave the country. “I said I wanted to go Canada because Canada doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day” as in the U.S., she said. After some thought, however, she decided to stay home and create a day for children who have endured the loss of a parent or when a parent is not home for the holiday, a day SPECIAL PHOTOS she dubbed “Other’s Day.” Leslie Greenberg, right, creator of Other’s Day, with Howie “I thought of the ‘others’ the Great, left, a magician, who will entertain the kids. who step up to take care of these children … and instead of making BY DYANA BAGBY it a sad occasion I decided I could make something positive and happy,” GreenWhen Leslie Greenberg’s birthday berg said. and Mother’s Day fell on the same day This year marks the seventh anniverseven years ago, she told her family she sary of Other’s Day. The celebration will was going to Canada. be held Sunday, May 1, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Concourse Athletic Club in Sandy Springs. The event is open to children ages 6-15 and will include food, face painting, games and an appearance by Howie the Great, a magician. Those invited include children who had a mother or father who passed away, whose parent is serving in the military and not at home, or is in foster care because their mother or father is unable to care for them, Greenberg said. Also invited are widows and widowers; military families; divorced parents; foster parents; and also grandparents, and aunts and uncles who have custody of the children. “My goal is to provide a comfortable and fun place for the kids, and help them cope with the absence of their parent,” Greenberg said. Greenberg, a former teacher at the Galloway School, also lost her father when she was young, so she knows what it’s like to grow up without a parent. “When I was 9, my dad died, and in my day there weren’t any single parent families. I felt as if I was a square peg in a round hole,” she said. By bringing children together to celebrate, Greenberg says she wants them to find joy and understanding with those who are going through the same issues in life. “Children meet others who have gone through similar experiences … and adults also find comfort talking with others,

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404-520-0190 like foster parents, widows, grandparents,” she said. “Now for me, I get back so much more, and I look forward to this all year long.” Children who came as youngsters continue to come back year after year, Greenberg said. Many are now old enough to be volunKaylah shows off some of her creative skills. teers, greeting a new generation of children to a fun day that is all “My mom passed away when I was 7 about them. from breast cancer, and Ms. Leslie would Kristin Yin, 18, a freshman at Georcome to my father’s restaurant, Chopgia State University majoring in nurssticks, and she told him about Other’s ing, attended the very first Other’s Day Day,” Yin said. when she was 11. Her father took her to Now that she’s in college, Yin volunthe event after learning about it from teers, returning to set up the activities Greenberg. and ensure children attending are busy

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Souper Jenny was expected to open her new flagship café April 2 on the Atlanta History Center campus. The new Souper Jenny will feature the familiar menu, but will have more seating (including an outdoor area) and a bookstore with titles by local authors and featuring Georgia history. CT Cocina & Taqueria plans to open later this spring in Sandy Springs, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. The new fast-casual restaurant will open in place of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 6631 Roswell Road, which closed last month. CT will offer Mexican tacos and Latin dishes with a touch of international flavors.

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Opinion / Building bridges, coalitions and community Early in the prior decade, when I still was learning the ropes of leading the then Central Perimeter Community Improvement District, I joined numerous other civic, regional and community leaders and developers on a LINK mission trip to Chicago, to learn particularly about the Windy City’s varied modes of transportation options for commuters there. Along with colleagues from the Cobb/ Galleria Community Improvement District, we returned inspired by the possibilities for our region, and particularly for reviving the topside of our overloaded I-285 and what would later become known as “Revive 285.” The Perimeter CIDs initiated the partnership to fund studies and an analysis of several modes of transit options to improve congestion and reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles on the Perimeter topside. This in effect began the construction of a series of bridges of collaboration, spanning from Doraville (and the future site of the proposed Assembly project), north and west to the Cobb Galleria, (and soon the new home of our Atlanta Braves @ SunTrust Park.) Those collaborations remain ongoing today. We considered light rail transit tying in to MARTA, bus rapid transit in dedicated lanes, as well as bus rapid transit in barrier-separated HOV lanes. And now roughly 15 years later, those dreams for moving thousands of commuters around the top end appear to be on the verge of reality. Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia General Assembly and Georgia Department of Transportation, the state now has an excise fuel tax funding mechanism in place to generate dedicated funding for major transpor-

tation infrastructure maintenance and improvements. And again, due to innovative leadership from the State Roads and Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and others, GDOT has developed a new model of construction and financing for massive transportation improvement projects. Along with North Perimeter Contractors, and consortium partners Ferrovial Agroman, U.S. Corporation and the engineering team of The Louis-Berger Group, Inc. and Neel-Shaffer, a design/build/finance model is being deployed which should save Georgia taxpayers, the state and commuters several hundred million dollars over the life and completion of the coming re-construction of the I-285 at Ga. 400 interchange. What was once envisioned as a $1.1 billion expenditure is now forecast at just under $800 million for the new interchange and overpasses, as well as for miles of additional new collector and distributor lane capacity, running from New Peachtree and Chamblee-Dunwoody Roads on I-285 north to Roswell Road, and from the Glenridge Connector north to Spalding Drive along Ga. 400. And on top of these significant capacity enhancements, Gov. Deal recently announced the investment of another $10 billion over 10 years to Georgia’s major transportation corridors, including dedicated express lanes to include transit on the top end of I-285. From resolutions following an insightful economic development trip to the formation of reality. As Gov. Deal himself noted of these partnerships last fall, “Thanks to strong collaboration at the federal, state and

As tax and publicly financed resources remain limited, our investors are also willing to put their money where their mouths are.

local levels, the infrastructure improvements included in this project will keep Georgians moving, support our growing economy, and increase the quality of life in our region and state for decades Yvonne Williams President and CEO, to come.” Perimeter Community The leaderImprovement Districts ship and investors in our DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) annually invest millions in voluntary additional property taxes. Their leadership and commitment has made our Central Perimeter sub-market into the Fortune 1000 address of choice in the Southeast, and increasingly one of the nation’s fastest growing live, work and play communities. Our 4.2 square miles span and cross two counties and the three municipalities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The forward-thinking leaders of those cities are among the voices of leadership calling for the expansion of transit corridors, increased investments in transportation infrastructure and the development of additional green spaces, PATH trails and alternative forms of connectivity between these cities as well as to our neighbors in Chamblee, Doraville and Buckhead. As tax and publicly financed resources remain limited, our investors are also willing to put their money where their mouths are, investing $10 million toward the first hard construction costs on the new I- 285/Ga. 400 interchange. We have been busy − yesterday, today and will be tomorrow, building bridges, literally and figuratively, to better connect and position all of our adjoining communities on the path to better tomorrows. And through continued partnership, we will get there.

Letter to the Editor To the editor: The hopelessness of Atlanta’s congestion is evident by the responses in your community survey [“What do you think is the best way to address metro Atlanta’s transportation problems?” Reporter Newspapers March 18-March 31.]. All of your possible options involve the problem (more development), so therefore cannot be a solution in part or whole. Why didn’t you have the option to

curb development altogether? If the masses think that more development will yield less traffic and congestion woes, well this is just plain dumb. Given the relatively high income groups of respondents, I think it is quite

likely that many own or are in businesses that thrive on high-density population and all the construction that goes with it. So, for these folks, a curb on construction will just not do. Rob Branson

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14 | Community Political figures pay tribute to Wilkinson State Rep. Joe Wilkinson’s March 18 announcement that he will retire at the end of his term drew tributes from local political figures. Wilkinson held the District 52 state House seat, representing parts of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and northwest Atlanta, for 16 years. He was the lead sponsor of a bill allowing the vote that created the city of Sandy Springs. Here are two of the tributes to him: ■

Rep. Wilkinson to retire; council election scheduled for May 24 Continued from page 1

bill that allowed the city of Sandy Springs to incorpo“plot” by Sandy Springs leadrate. “I’m so, of course, honers to replace him. ored and flattered that he A special election to fill the would endorse me.” District 3 City Council seat left “I have a high opinion vacant by McDonald will be of Rep. Wilkinson as both held the same day as the pria person and a representamary. Three candidates have tive of our district,” McDonannounced runs so far, inald said in an interview. “I Graham McDonald Joe Wilkinson Deborah Silcox cluding Chris Burnett, market can also appreciate how difpresident at the Bank of Sanficult retiring from such a and I think also for the district,” Wilkindy Springs; airline pilot Joe “Few individuals have given more long-held position must be.” son said. “Knowing that we had the perHouseman; and Brian Eufinger, who runs commitment to our party and state Wilkinson previously claimed that he fect candidate in Deborah Silcox, and one the Sandy Springs Zoning Coalition group than Joe Wilkinson. Joe is a dear friend had been grooming McDonald as a powho is ready to go and so well-qualified…If on Facebook. The candidate qualifying pewho has always led with principle and tential successor in two years and was we didn’t have Deborah in the race, I would riod is April 13-15. vision. Throughout his life – whether “blindsided” by his campaign. McDonald have felt obligated to stay.” Wilkinson said in an interview that his in public service or the private sector – and Paul have denied any surprises. But Silcox, a Sandy Springs lawyer, said she decision was based on his doctor’s advice Joe has chosen to give so much back to in his written announcement, Wilkinson entered the House District 52 race only beand two new opportunities: his appointhis city, state and nation.” stepped up his criticism. cause McDonald did first and opened up ment by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Technical —U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) His statement blasts “those who would the campaign field. McDonald, also a lawCollege System of Georgia board, and conview our political offices not as belonging yer, resigned from the City Council to run sulting work on a movie called “Sgt. Stub“Having served 22 years in elected to the people who elect us, but as private for the House seat and was endorsed by by: An American Hero,” about a real-life offices myself, I can attest to the sacriperks to be doled out to the privileged few.” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. World War I military dog. fices public servants make, which are In an interview, Wilkinson said he was re“I did not have a heads-up” on Wilkin“My oncologist said, ‘You’ve got to slow far beyond any monetary benefits. For ferring to Paul and Sandy Springs state son’s decision, Silcox said in an interview. down. You’ve got to pick and choose,’” said such commitments, we salute Joe with Rep. Wendell Willard. “I have to say that Sandy Springs and BuckWilkinson, who successfully battled prosour appreciation and best wishes.” “They saw this as an opportunity to cirhead owe a huge debt to Joe Wilkinson for tate cancer in recent years. —Sam Massell, president of the cumvent the electoral process by urging his service,” she added, noting his Buck“I think it’s the right decision for me Buckhead Coali�ion me to qualify to run again and then withhead roots and his lead sponsorship of a personally, for my family, for my business, draw at the last minute and allow their candidate of choice to step into office unopposed,” Wilkinson’s statement says. “I flatly rejected this proposal. Yet they went ahead with their plot and, at the last minute, qualified their chosen candidate McDonald. 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Legislature passes MARTA funding, lets DeKalb CEO job remain Possible MARTA expansion in Atlanta and the death of an effort to kill the DeKalb County CEO position were among the decisions of local interest as the Georgia Legislature ended its 2016 session just after midnight March 25.

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that, in accordance with O.C.G.A. §21-2-540, a nonpartisan special election will be held in the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia, to elect a member of the City Council, District 3, to fill an unexpired term. The special election will be held on the 24th day of May, 2016.

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Atlanta voters would get a chance to approve an additional 0.5 percent sales tax to fund MARTA expansion within the city, with the vote coming this fall or next year. Senate Bill 369 also allows Fulton County to put a 0.25 percent sales tax for MARTA on the ballot sometime in the future, while allowing a 0.75 percent sales tax for road improvements to go on the ballot this year. Earlier efforts to boost MARTA taxes and expansion in DeKalb and Fulton, supported by such local officials as Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, were controversial and failed.

Bills to eliminate DeKalb County’s unique chief executive officer position, sponsored by Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and Democrat Rep. Scott Holcomb, did not pass.

The Legislature passed Senate Bill 304, originally a House bill sponsored by DeKalb Rep. Scott Holcomb, which requires police agencies to promptly process sexual assault evidence tests or “rape kits.” The new law follows revelations last year that Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital had 1,400 rape kits that had gone unprocessed. The “adoptable dog” will become the official state dog following the passage of Senate Bill 168. The effort, meant to encourage adoption of any type of dog from shelters, began as a House bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), who was inspired by political consultant Todd Rehm, editor of the news site, which frequently highlights dogs available for adoption.

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Peachtree-Dunwoody traffic increases will be a concern. A traffic study is still pending, and representatives said widening Lake Hearn Drive at Peachtree-Dunwoody is a possibility. “It’s nice that it’s a downsizing,” Thompson said. “It’s nice that it’s a mix [of uses]. It’s nice that it’s going to be bringing retail and restaurants into this area, which is very needed.” Project architect Bill Halter of the firm Cooper Carry showed “our big idea, the Main Street.” The new road would curve through the site, connecting Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive through what is now a patchwork of parking lots. The current Peachtree-Dunwoody driveway would be moved about 120 feet north for the new road. A paved bike trail would run partly alongside the road and partly behind the housing at the site’s rear. Halter said the plan would create a “village-like environment” and enhance access to the pond. Along PeachtreeDunwoody, he said, “the idea is we’re getting a more urban edge” with some street-front retail space and the hotel. The plan includes indirect access to the adjacent Medical Center MARTA station. The developers were considering a possible pedestrian bridge, but Halter said the plan now is for access via a new parking garage. The access would not be directly into the station, but to an outdoor area near its entrance. Boyd Simpson, president of the Simpson Organization, said after the meeting that the hotel would include some extended-stay rooms to be marketed to people visiting Pill Hill hospitals. If the project is approved, the earliest construction start would be late this year, Simpson said. He estimated the new road and parking garage would take about a year to build, with the hotel and multifamily portions taking another 18 to 24 A Dunwoody Pavilion site rendering as seen from Lake Hearn Drive. months.

tion of the path would continue northward to the multi-use path Georgia DOT is building as part of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. “We’re really interested in PATH400,” Taylor said. “We just think it’s great.” Company officials hope to begin construction on the project by the end of the year and complete it within 22 or 23 months, he said. The company decided to add restaurants to Concourse, the development with the “King” and “Queen” towers rising alongside I-285, after surveying tenants of the mixeduse development. The project is intended to “create a sense of place in Concourse, creating a place where people want to come,” he said. The restaurants, hotel and apartments are intended for an area of Concourse near the intersection of Hammond Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. “It’s going to change the look of the corner,” said Doug Falciglia, one of several members of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods who attended the meeting. Just a couple of blocks south at the 20-acre Peachtree Dunwoody Pavilion office park, the Simpson Organization plans a huge mixeduse redevelopment built around a new “Main Street” with a bicycle trail. The plan includes a hotel and retail space; a 250-unit multifamily housing complex; an 11-story office building; a 6-level parking deck; and new restaurants around an existing pond. Three of four existing office buildings on the site would remain. Thompson said at the March 22 meeting at the site that it’s good that the project includes much less density than allowed under its zoning. But, she added, “connectivity” and

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The city outsources the vast majority of its services, but its existing policy applies via contract to those company’s workers as well, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. At least three of the firms that provide city services under outsourced contracts also have their own policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Kraun said. Bauman said his action came from “outrage” with the state Legislature’s March 16 passage of HB 757, which would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services or employment to LGBT people. Bauman calls the bill a “thinly veiled and shameful attempt to sanction discrimination.” Gov. Nathan Deal on March 28 vetoed Georgia’s HB 757, but some lawmakers said they would try to override his veto, according to media reports. The bill had been heavily criticized by many large corporations and business associations. The Buckhead Coalition said its members “empathize with the many fearful of potential discrimination” from HB 757. The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce said in a letter to Deal that the bill “is an unnecessary self-inflicted stain on Georgia’s national reputation” with “provisions [that] precisely meet the definition of discrimination.” Bauman said he agreed with the business opposition, but had moral objections as well. “I’m not one who would say it’s only economic development,” he said. “I’m one who would say this is the right side of history.” “I’m not for or against it,” fellow Council member John Paulson said of Bauman’s policy idea. “My biggest question is if we’re harming somebody or discriminating against somebody, I want to know, because I won’t put up with it.” Bauman said he does not believe the city has ever discriminated against someone. “My concern, however, is that we do not have an ordinance or formal adopted policy to back this up, and to apply [legally] to our city contractors to whom we outsource the majority of jobs in Sandy Springs,” Bauman wrote. About 40 Georgia cities and several counties, including DeKalb and Fulton, have some type of non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation, according to the LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. But the vast majority of such policies only apply to the government’s own employment practices. The city of Atlanta has a comprehensive set of laws barring discrimination, including bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in any type of city decision and in many practices of private businesses and landlords. Brookhaven and Dunwoody, like Sandy Springs, have non-discrimination policies that apply to the city’s own employment refer to sexual orientation and gender identity, according to city representatives.


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Pace Academy, senior Andrew Wu is into a bit of everything. He’s a member of Pace Academy’s robotics team, a participant in the policy simulation programs Model Arab League and Model United Nations and active in the Junior Classical League. He also plays the violin in Pace’s strings ensemble. Outside of school, Andrew interned with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in the summer of 2015, frequently volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and has traveled on several service trips with his church. And he spends his free time writing a book on astrophysics. “I would like to emphasize the importance of every activity I have participated in, since they have each contributed

an aspect of understanding the world,” said Andrew. “Scientific committees at Model UN conferAndrew Wu ences showed me the inner workings of global politics and how it functions with scientific developments on a large scale, while robotics taught me the technical, small-scale details involved in those same scientific developments.” The activity Andrew is most passionate about, however, is writing his book: “Space, Time, and the Universe: A Comprehensive Guide to the Finer Points of Astronomy and Astrophysics.” He’s been working on it since seventh grade. He’s intensely inter-

ested in astrophysics and says he hopes to introduce the subject to a larger audience. “I enjoy learning all different subjects as well as many outside of the main school curriculum,” said Andrew. His love of learning finds admirers at Pace. “Andrew has a never-ending supply of intellectual curiosity, a truly breathtaking intuitive grasp of grammar and syntax, and an unparalleled work ethic,” said Andrew’s Latin teacher Elizabeth Kann. His achievements have been recognized in many different ways, on a school, state and national level. Andrew has received the Faculty Award for Scholarship, the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the Oxford Classical Dictionary Memorial Award. He is a member of the National Honor Society,

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Warm weather has returned, bringing with it the annual rebirth of daffodils, dogwoods and community farmers markets. Here are some markets sprouting locally. Brookhaven Farmers Market Brookhaven’s market opens April 16. It operates on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and is scheduled to continue operation through Dec. 10, according to the market website. It is to be located at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE and Dresden Drive, the website says. Information: Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market The Sandy Springs market opens April 16 at Century Springs East, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive. The market is scheduled to open from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through Oct. 29. Mini-markets with shorter hours are planned in November and December. The market features live music and up to 50 vendors offering fresh, local produce, pasture-raised meat, fresh eggs, dairy products and a variety of prepared foods. Information: or Peachtree Road Farmers Market Located in the parking lot at Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the market reopens for the season on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and continues every Saturday through mid-December. There will also be a new Wednesday night market from April 13 to Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Information:

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LEARN SOMETHING! Monday, April 4, 10 a.m. Join others at Perimeter Adult Learning & Services, Inc. Select from: Indian tribes of the Great Plains; music; Atlanta/Dunwoody real estate market; finance; early U.S. presidents; art of the Middle Ages, part 2; Election 2016; Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes; Bridge; and Mahjongg. Detailed brochures available by calling 770-698-0801 or visiting: Classes continue through May 23. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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GO ARTSY PLANT & ART SALE Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard celebrates spring with a plant sale and art show. Check out vegetables, flowers and other plants at the greenhouse opposite the Brook Run skateboard park. Sale continues through April 17. Learn more: In addition, the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association showcases art for sale at the greenhouse “barn,” April 8-April 10. Go to for details. 4770 Georgia Way S. Dunwoody, 30338.


Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this rare Atlanta appearance by one of the most acclaimed men and boys’ choirs in the world, from Cambridge, England. Choir has recorded on international labels including EMI, Decca, Chandos, Hyperion and Naxos. Tickets: $10 to $150. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Find out more by calling 404365-1000 or going to:


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SPOTLIGHT Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-9 p.m. For one night only, the Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs’ theater company holds auditions for its new program, Spotlight. Free for special needs adults 18+. Participants meet weekly Aug. 26-April 30, 2017. Must have appointment to audition. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678-812-4073 or email: to schedule a time.

‘MOON OVER BUFFALO’ Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. “Moon Over Buffalo” is a comedic farce, centering on a couple of fading stars in 1953 who have a last shot at stardom when director Frank Capra attends one of their performances. Of course, everything that can go wrong does go wrong! Tickets: $15$23. Go to: for additional show times, details and tickets. Act3 Productions, 6285-R Roswell Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770-241-1905 with questions.

Sunday, April 17, 2-4 p.m. The Jewish Tower, in conjunction with Jewish Family and Career Services, hosts their annual “Art Out Loud” show. Features artists in age from 5891. Browse abstract paintings, watercolor and collage. Enjoy tasty treats, music videos and a live raffle. Jewish Tower Rec Room, 3160 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Call 770-6779300 x9344 for further information.


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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Sandy Springs police reports from March 6 through March 13 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

B U R G L A RY „„100 block of Legran Court – On March

13, a resident told police someone broke into his home over the weekend by way of a second-story patio door. Missing items included an Apple computer, 55inch Sony flat screen TV, GoPro camera and a PS game system. „„Landsdowne Drive – On March 15,

someone entered a residence by forcing open a kitchen window. The home was rummaged through, but nothing was found to be missing at the time of the report. The resident said this has happened before and he knew of someone who may be a good suspect. „„Summit Springs Drive – A resident said

that on March 15, someone entered her apartment during the day and took seven


purses valued at $3,000. Also taken were a $1,700 clock and $200 in shoes. block of Brandywine Circle – On March 16, a man reported that a friend, whom he gave a key to his residence, broke into his home approximately three years ago and stole several items.

„„8600 block of Roswell Road – On



„„500 block of Forest Dale Drive – On March

16, a man told police he left his residence from 9:30 a.m. to just after 2 p.m. When he returned, he found someone had broken into his home. Several items were taken. „„100 block of Osner Drive – On March

21, someone broke into a home by forcing open a kitchen window. The person looked around the bedroom, but took nothing.

March 13, an employee of an e-cigarette store told police several items were missing after a previous employee left the store. A surveillance video shows the ex-employee taking a bottle of “FrydBanana” sampler and placing it in her pocket. The woman then hastily left, got into her car and drove away. „„6400 block of Roswell Road – A man re-

ported this to police on March 13: He went to a strip club and paid $100 for a VIP room, $10 tip to a bartender and $400 for a dancer to perform. During the performance, the man said he believed he was being taken advantage of and demanded his money back. The dancer said she did not have the money because $10 went to the bartender, $100 went to the waitress for the use of the room and $185 went to the club manager, but she did not receive the balance. The club paid back $285. „„1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway

– The manager of a restaurant said that

on March 14 two women walked out after ordering $41 in food. The women were eating right at closing time, asked for a to-go box and then exited to the parking lot. The manager said he followed them and told them they had not paid for their meals. The women said the server had “disrespected” them and were angry that the lights were turned out while they were still eating. They said they would not pay and quickly got into their car and left. The manager got the tag number which is registered to a person in DeKalb County. „„5600 block of PDR – On March 15, a

man said his tools were stolen from a construction area at St. Joseph’s Hospital. „„2300 block of Monterrey Parkway –

On March 16, a woman said she left her laptop on top of her car while she went back into her house to get something. When she returned, the laptop was gone. „„700 block of Hammond Drive – On

March 16, a 32 year-old man called police and told them his ex-girlfriend came




Petition Number:


Pulte Homes


Chris Ellsworth

Property Location:

6555 Roswell Road

Property Location:

365 River Valley Road

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District) & R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District)

Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)


Request to rezone from C-1 and R-3 to TR for construction of thirty-one (31) townhomes with concurrent variance.


Request to rezone from R-2 to R-3 for the development of two single family dwellings.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:


Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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Tranquil Waters Lawn Care – Pressure washing, flower beds, trimming, tree/shrubs installation, hauling of debris, etc. Free estimates. Discounts for Seniors & Veterans. No contracts needed. Call Mike 678-662-0767 or Andrew 678-672-8552.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Buckhead Baptist Church, 4100 Roswell Rd NE between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. There will be live music, a bouncy house with face painting for the kids and delicious food for sale. Call 404-255-5112 or email: info@ for more information.

Adult person willing to work days, nights and weekends. Full time position with Jacobs Engineering as maintenance tech/parks attendant for Sandy Springs Rec Dept. salary 15.00 per hr. and full benefits. Mail or email resume to City of Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department at: 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 or

Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576. Property Management and Maintenance Services – any type of property. Good record keeping, 24 yrs experience and References available. Email: or call 770-804-9931.

CLEANING SERVICES Detail Cleaning Services – Houses, apartments, offices and more. Affordable prices with excellent references. I will beat any advertised price – call 770-837-5711.


Cross Creek Spring Yard Sale – Saturday, April 23 (rain date Saturday, April 30) between 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. 1221 Cross Creek Parkway (off of Bohler Rd).

CEMETERY PLOTS Cemetery Crypt for Two – Arlington – Chapel Mausoleum - $5000. Call for more information 678-947-8599.

Exciting! Fun! And Rewarding Opportunity! - The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber seeks an ambitious, commission based sales person to sell memberships. Work from home and engage with businesses that are helping our community grow and prosper. Call Suzanne Brown, Vice President/Client Services (678) 443-2990 or email suzanne@

Drivers Wanted Senior Services North Fulton, a non-profit organization, has an opportunity for drivers in their transportation voucher program. If you live in the Sandy Springs or Roswell area of north Fulton, would like to earn some extra money, set your own hours, like to drive, have a car, and like to be of service to seniors, please contact Mobility Manager at

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs to his apartment to confront him about his new girlfriend. She took his Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, Apple iPad mini, Bulova watch and left. „„7800 block of Roswell Road – On

March 17, an employee of an adult novelty store said two men were told to leave the store. While one man was making a purchase, the other man was seen stealing money from the store’s tip jar. „„6000 block of Barfield Road – On

March 19, the manager of a hotel reported a guest skipped on a $2,000 bill, leaving the location in a red Chevy S-10 pickup. The man checked in on Feb. 28 and was scheduled to leave March 28. The man’s credit card was declined to pay the bill, and when staff went to his room to tell him they needed another form of payment, he told them he would be down in an hour to handle it. He didn’t show up and was seen leaving. „„1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway

– On March 19, a man reported his items were stolen while he was playing basketball on the court; the items were left courtside. Less than an hour later, another man at the same gym reported his items were taken after he left his items on the court while he played racquetball. Police suspect the same person.

A S S AU LT „„300 block of Northridge Road – On

March 12, a 25-year-old man told police he was walking on Northridge Road at about 6 p.m. when he was shot in the


„„700 block of Hammond Drive – On

March 21, a man told police he rented his condo out for one night. The next day he saw a locked closet was forced open and some of his jewelry was taken. „„6300 block of Barfield Road – On

March 21, a 47-year-old man reported someone took his wallet from the conference room of his workplace. He said only employees and cleaning staff have access.

leg. He called a friend who took him to Northside Hospital with a non lifethreatening wound. The man said he heard four gunshots when he was hit. The story is under investigation and a good deal of scrutiny.

Petition Number:



Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods

Property Location:

6870 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District)


Request to rezone from C-1 to TR for the development of eighteen (18) townhome units with concurrent variances.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


THEFTS FROM VEHICLES „„Between March 6 and March 13, there

were 16 thefts from vehicles reported.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Petition Number:

RZ16-0086 / U16-0017 / U16-0018

Petition Number:


Parc Communities, LLC


RZ16-0089 / U16-0019 Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, Inc.

Property Location:

6025 & 6029 Glenridge Drive

Property Location:

0 and 5455 Meridian Mark Road and 1001 Johnson Ferry Road

Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)

Present Zoning:

O-I (Office Institutional District)


Request to rezone from R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District) to A-L (Apartment Limited Dwelling District) with two use permits to increase the maximum height and allow senior housing, with concurrent variances


Request to rezone from O-I (Office Institutional District) to O-I (Office Institutional District) with a use permit to increase the maximum height and concurrent variances

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission

April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council

April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


RC-16-01SS-1640 Winterthur Close


Steve Tate, Tate Builders 300 West Wieuca Road, Suite 204 Atlanta, GA 30328



Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Arris Realty Partners, LLC


0, 5844, 5840, 5834, 5830 Roswell Road


Primary Variances (6): 1. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.D.4a to waive front entry requirement on public ROW for building on Cliftwood Way; 2. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.D.4a to waive front entry requirement on public ROW for building on Roswell Road; 3. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.F.2c to waive transparency requirement on public ROW (Cliftwood Way); 4. Variance from Sec.12.B.8.F.2b.V to increase allowable building length from 200’ to 252’ for rear building; 5. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.E.2 to reduce the minimum required building height from 25’ to 16’8” for the northernmost building; 6. Variance from Section 12.B.8.E to reduce the minimum required building height from 25’ to 20’ for the southernmost building.

1640 Winterthur Close LL 209, 17th District Council District 3, City of Sandy Springs Fulton County, GA 30350

Site Acreage:

2.041 acres


Application for a Metropolitan River Protection Act Certificate for an addition and pool on an existing Single Family Single Family Residence. The property is 2.041 acres inside the 2000 ft River Corridor The property is 2.041 acres with 18,517 ft2 in category “C”, 11,099 ft2 in category “D” and 59,271 ft2 Following the reanalysis the site was found to be consistent with the Chattahoochee Corridor Plan as per Part 2.A.3.c.(1).

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600 SS

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Petition Number:


Petition Number:



City of Sandy Springs


City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Article III, Definitions, and Section 19.4, Use Permits and Minimum Use Permit Standards, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance


An Ordinance to Amend Section 12B.8, Main Street District Standards, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council May 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:




City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Article XXVIII, Rezoning and Other Amendment Procedures, and Article III, Definitions, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.




City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Article XXII, Appeals, and Article III, Definitions, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Petition Number:


Petition Number:



City of Sandy Springs


City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Article XII-B, Sandy Springs Overlay District, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance


An Ordinance to Amend Section 4.3.1, Nonconforming Lots, Uses of Land and Uses of Structures, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Alan Clark


5260 West Kingston Court


Two (2) Variances from Development Regulation 109-225: Request to encroach into 50’ stream buffer and 75’ impervious surface setback for addition to existing single family residence and construction of single car garage; Request to bring nonconforming structure encroaching in 25’ and 50’ stream buffers and 75’ impervious surface setback into conformity

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Mayor and City Council May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Atlanta Pools, Inc.


85 North Devereux Court


To encroach 794 sf into additional 25’ impervious surface setback to the stream buffer, for pool installation

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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