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C o mm u n i t y DHA opposes hotel development access to Ashford Dunwoody Board members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association have voted unanimously to oppose a plan for development of a new hotel and shops because it includes an entrance from Ashford Dunwoody Road. DHA president Stacey Harris said the board asked developers of the Sterling Pointe project to abide by a 2008 agreement between the DHA and a developer that eliminated the “curb cut” onto Ashford Dunwoody. Representatives of the current developers say the access was granted by DeKalb County in return for right-ofway, so it was attached legally to the property. The proposed development, located at the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody and Perimeter Center Parkway North, would include an 8-story hotel, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant and shops. The buildings face Ashford Dunwoody. Lawyer Den Webb, representing Sterling Pointe, told members of the DHA board during their April 14 meeting that the street connection to Ashford Dunwoody would not create traffic troubles. Businesses in the development generate traffic at different times of day, he said, and the proposed entrance to the property was in the middle of a stretch of Ashford Dunwoody as long as three football fields. The driveway was configured to allow drivers on Ashford Dunwoody to make only right turns into the development and to allow only right turns out of the development. The Dunwoody Community Council approved the developer’s plan last month after they were told the developer had a right to the curb cut. But DHA board member Bob Lundsten argued the Ashford Dunwoody access had been given up during earlier efforts to develop the land and that the city did not have to restore it. “They do not have a curb cut, which is why they are here in front of us to try to get it back,” Lundsten said. Lundsten argued allowing cars access to Ashford Dunwoody from the property would interupt traffic on one of Dunwoody’s busiest roads. “I want the hotel to come. I just don’t want them to have access to Ashford Dunwoody,” he said.

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Commission will review city charter Local officials soon will name a fivemember commission to review Dunwoody’s charter as the city approaches its fifth birthday. The review commission, required by the charter, can recommend charter changes to the state Legislature. City officials said during the Dunwoody City Council meeting April 8 that commission members should be installed by May 1. The commission will be composed of a member appointed by Mayor Mike Davis, a member appointed by Dunwoody City Council, and members appointed by the three state lawmakers who represent portions of Dunwoody – Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), Rep. Tom Taylor (RDunwoody) and Rep. Mike Jacobs (RBrookhaven), city officials said. Davis said Jacobs will be able to appoint a commission member even though he represents no Dunwoody voters. Jacobs’ district, the mayor said, extends to the middle of I-285 while the Dunwoody city line goes to the south edge of I-285, so Jacobs represents a small area within the city limits. “He has square footage in Dunwoody,” Davis said.

City plans video series Dunwoody residents soon will be able to get an introduction to city departments through a new cycle of informational videos city officials are planning. Each of the “Spotlight Series” videos will offer a look into a city department, the city said in a press release April 9 announcing the project. The videos will be available on the city’s website or the city’s channel on YouTube, the press release said. Residents are encouraged to submit questions for city officials to be answered through the project, the city said. Responses from department heads will be posted on YouTube at www.youtube.com\ cityofdunwoody, the city said. Questions and inquiries can be submitted by video and sent directly to the city through a link or by email to news@dunwoodyga.gov. The first set of videos will focus on the city’s public works, community development, municipal court, finance and administration, police departments and the city manager.

Dunwoody Government Calendar The Dunwoody City Council usually meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall located at 41 Perimeter Center East Suite No. 103. For a complete and up to date schedule of Dunwoody City meetings, visit http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Residents/Calendar.aspx

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04-19-2013 Dunwoody Reporter