YEZ Annual Youth Summit during APS Spring Break

Hello NPU-V community stakeholders,

The staff at Foreverfamily youth-serving organization cordially invites young people of the NPU-V area to participate in the Annual Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ) Summit being held during Atlanta Public Schools’ Spring Break week; April 2nd and April 3rd, 2018.

Foreverfamily has served the community for 30 years and worked to provide a shared vision for young people and with youth in the NPU-V community. The YEZ Summit will include participation in a focus group discussion about issues pertaining to young people; e.g. community engagement, youth leadership experience, youth action and voice, etc.

Dr. Jacque-Corey Cormier, who has previously assisted other NPU-V organizations and coalitions, will be leading the 1-hour focus group session at the YEZ Summit along with trained Foreverfamily interns. A 5 – 10-minute survey on youth empowerment and community engagement will be administrated before the focus group session. Youth from the YEZ Summit may be contacted after the summit to complete the survey again.

If you have any questions regarding the focus group session, or wish for your child to not participate in the focus group, please contact Dr. Cormier at If you have questions regarding the 2018 YEZ summit, please contact Sandra Barnhill at We hope to see your young people there!

You can find the flyer here: 2018 YEZ Summit flyer_April 2nd 3rd

Art on the BeltLine Seeking Artists and Art Professionals!

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is seeking visual artists, performers, musicians, lectures, and historic preservationists at every stage of their careers to apply for our 2018 exhibition season. Historic, environmental, cultural, functional, urban design, and/or aesthetic aspects of the Atlanta BeltLine may be good starting points to consider for potential proposal submissions. Projects should be well-researched, well-planned, and feasible. Although not limited to the following examples, potential projects might include all or some of the following:

  • Temporary art, sculptural or visual installations
  • Amenities for visitors-such as benches, bike racks, shade structures
  • Gateway or entrance works
  • Performance works of all kinds, including but not limited to street and travelling performers, parade, music, dance, theater and performance art
  • Utilization of fences or screening devices
  • Loan of existing artwork, such as sculptures or assemblages
  • Murals
  • Environmental works
  • School or class projects

Applications and materials must be received by 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 16, 2018.

For more information, please click here: RFP for AoAB 2018

Also from the Atlanta BeltLine:

Attached is a copy of the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine RFP (Request for Proposals) as well as a copy of our postcard indicating the remaining study groups and city wide conversation we have coming up.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miranda Kyle ( or myself.


Z-18-17 Ordinance to amend Section 16-29.001(71) Definition of Shelter – MARCH 2018 NPU AGENDA ITEM

Please find attached an agenda item that will appear on all March NPU agendas.  Staff is seeking a vote on this item.  Please find attached the fact sheet and the legislation.  This item will appear on the ZRB agenda either April 5 orApril 12, 2018.  If you have questions please contact me.


You can find ordinance fact sheet here: Z-18-17 Fact Sheet and Ordinance

Atlanta Fair Returns in March


Date: March 9, 2018 – April 15, 2018
Time: 5:00P.M – 11:00P.M. (Monday-Friday)
12:00P.M – 12:00A.M. (SaturdaySunday)

Event Set-Up Date: 3/3/2018 – 3/9/2018 (12:00A.M.-1:00P.M.)
Dismantle Date: 4/15/2018 – 4/16/2018 (1:00A.M. –12:00A.M.)
Event Location/Route: Bus Lot #6 – 688 Central Avenue

Susan Viggiano or Ray Guthrie
Office (772) 266-9884  Fax: (772) 266-9882

VeloCity: A Cycling Event for Grady Hospital

From Grady Health Foundation:

We wanted to inform you personally about an exciting new event we are holding on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  Called “VeloCity”, the event is a new cycling-based fundraising and community ride supporting Grady Health System.  Our vision for this event is that it grows not only into a significant fundraiser for the health system, but also into a new Atlanta area tradition enjoyed by cyclists and spectators alike every year.  Given your role as chairperson of your local NPU, we wanted to make you personally aware of the event as part of the ride may involve portions of your NPU area.

The ride will offer four distances, as well as an indoor cycling component, all based from the Georgia International Plaza outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Our shortest distance – 5 miles – will follow a closed course through downtown Atlanta.  The others –  25, 50 and 100 miles – will head south and west from downtown.

Our goal is to attract at least 1,000 cyclists in this first year, who will be supported by hundreds of volunteers at rest stops, along the course, and at our start/finish venue.  Similar events throughout the nation attract upwards of 2,000 cyclists and raise significant funding for the institutions they support.

Through our professional partner, Georgia-based Medalist Sports, we are working with the appropriate planning and law enforcement contacts on the necessary permitting and safety requirements.  Medalist manages similar events throughout the nation and is adept at balancing the needs of participating cyclists with those of the communities the ride will touch.

As Grady continues to seek additional sources of financial support and community engagement, we very are excited about this new opportunity.  We believe it provides an exciting, positive way to share the story of Grady’s critical role in the metro Atlanta region.  We have been delighted with the support we have received from the corporate community as we have sought sponsorships for the ride and with the feedback we have received from cycling enthusiasts.

So that you are fully informed, an overview of VeloCity is attached for your convenience, and you can view the routes here:  You can also find additional information on our website at  Of course, we are available to answer any questions you might have and hope that you will consider being actively engaged in our inaugural ride!

NPU Leadership Training

The City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning will be hosting a 2018 Neighborhood Planning Unity leadership training event at City Hall this weekend. Attendees will learn from city experts on the duties and responsibilities of NPU leaders, city departments and NPU meetings, the Zoning Review Board, the Licenses Review Board, and more.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (check-in at 9am)
Location: Atlanta City Hall – Old Council Chambers (55 Trinity Ave. SW)

If interested, please register here:

More information can be found here.

ABP and Park Pride Invite You to Volunteer Day and Appreciation Event

Atlanta Beltline Partnership will be conducting a service day in Adair Park. This volunteer day is in partnership with Park Pride and Aluma Farm on March 3rd.

From ABP: “Cabot Cheese, the cheese company coop, reached out about providing lunch for a volunteer group and we thought doing a service day with the farm would be a good fit. We are going to have a group helping with their berry planting prep and a group on the BeltLine trail doing trash clean up and invasive removal. We are working with neighbors, Trees Atlanta, and our sister organization Atlanta BeltLine Inc. to get the best work done for the community.”

Below are the details and the registration link. Anyone that’s interested can register here, and can find a map here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alice Weston at or Ellen Bruenderman at

More information can be found here.

NPU-V Resident Advisory Board Looking for New Members!

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer’s Foundation is seeking committed volunteers who want to help guide this tenant housing legal advocacy project, and learn about the connections between housing, health, and great schools.

AVLF is committed to assembling a board that represents the diversity of the community and encouraged individuals who are new to community leadership work to apply. They especially sought and continue to seek to include renters and parents in particular.  Board members will receive the training necessary to carry out their responsibilities. No prior experience is required.

Please have any interested parties send their completed application to LaKeta Whittaker (lwhittaker@avlf.orgby March 16th, so that they may send the applications to board members for review prior to their next meeting. Board description and application is listed here. Resident Advisory Board guidelines are listed here.

Special NPU-V Meeting on Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Update!

At February’s NPU-V meeting, the City of Atlanta’s Planning Office presented a series of “quick fixes” that the city is seeking to implement in support of its zoning ordinance update. Due to the number of questions and concerns brought up by the community, NPU-V members voted to hold a special meeting to discuss the proposed zoning ordinance update and quick fixes.

This special meeting will be held at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center (1040 Crew Street) on Wednesday, February 21st, at 6:30pm.

We will be discussing and voting on whether to support the series of quick fixes proposed by the City of Atlanta.

The document under review and discussion can be found here:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

See you next Wednesday!

NPU-V February Meeting

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Join us for our next monthly meeting, which will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center in Mechanicsville from 7-9 pm on Monday, Feb. 12.

And if you didn’t know, the City of Atlanta is divided into 25 Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s long-term vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years into the future. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government. NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.

See you next Monday!