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AUG. 9 — AUG. 22, 2013 • VOL. 4 — NO. 16

Trail blazers

Council weighs in on new zoning, building regulations

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BY JOE EARLE

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The questions facing Dunwoody City Council aren’t easy ones: Should the council handle zoning variances along with rezoning or send them to another city board? How many trees can a homeowner cut down? What should go into compost piles? Should snakes be household pets? The council began plowing through the proposed rewrite of the city’s zoning and building codes on Aug. 5. Discussion lasted more than three hours, and city officials expect to schedule several more extended debates before the council votes on a final product. “We’re going to go through a couple of drafts,” Councilman Doug Thompson said at the end of the meeting, as he encouraged residents to check out the zoning rewrite on-

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Charter Commission tries again on fire service funds BY JOE EARLE

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Noelle Chatigny, 6, behind brother Andrew, 4, show off their “Angry Birds” bikes during the Wheel-A-Palooza and Pedal Parade at Brook Run Park on Aug. 3 in Dunwoody. The park celebrated the opening of Phase 1 of its new trail. Story and more photos on page 3.

The Dunwoody Charter Commission has taken another crack at the controversial proposal to amend the foundation document of the city so it could finance a fire department. The commissioners voted 3-2 on July 31 to approve a proposal to create a separate city fire millage should Dunwoody City Council decide to create a city fire department. Commissioners said the fire millage – which they nicknamed a “bucket” to hold fire revenues, or a “fire bucket” – would be created to replace the DeKalb County fire millage that now pays for Dunwoody’s fire services. The charter commissioners voted unanimously to approve SEE CHARTER COMMISSION, PAGE 5

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