CALL TO ACTION: Demand 30-day extension of public comment period

The new draft NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) for the City of Atlanta combined sewer system was posted for public comment on December 31, 2020. The 30-day comment period expires February 1, 2021. This permit, once approved by Georgia EPD, will regulate how Atlanta’s combined sewer system will be managed for the next five years. This permit contains a number of major changes from the previous 2015 NPDES permit that highlight existing water quality issues and will have huge implications for water quality in Intrenchment Creek and the South River. 

Please send a comment to GA EPD and demand at least a 30-day extension of the public comment period. Below are a few points for your consideration.  No need for a long comment, simply highlight one issue and put it in your own words.

Send comments to EPDcomments@dnr.ga.gov., NPDES Permit No. GA0037168.

1) Constructing valid and defensible comments (which is required if there is any expectation that EPD will act upon those comments) requires access to and review of information such as sampling plans and data related to implementation of the 2015 NPDES permit. Securing these data requires time consuming open records requests in addition to lengthy analysis.  The public requires as much consideration as was given the City of Atlanta in the development of their draft permit.

2) The December 31, 2020 timing for the release of the draft comment could not have been more insensitive to the potential negative impacts of other competing and equally important demands on the time and attention of individuals who otherwise would have likely participated in this important public comment opportunity.

3) The current 2015 permit expired on September 1, 2020 and has been administratively extended since that date. Atlanta’s 2005 NPDES permit was administratively extended from 2010 to 2015, five years. There is no defensible reason why the public comment period cannot be extended for at least an additional 30-days.

NPUV Meeting on 20-O-1656

Hello All,

I am sending this email to follow up with you on the Short term rental Ordinance. I have scheduled a meeting for NPU-V residents to better understanding of this ordinance.  The virtually meeting has been set for February 16, 2021@6pm.

Councilmember Dickens will attend to discuss. The meeting link will be sent out later. Attached is the fact sheet and Frequently asked question by the community and the Public Notice explain how this 20-O-1656 ordinance Public hearing which is going to be held on March 1, 2021 @1pm.

If you which to speak at the Public hearing you have to call in the day before the public hearing. If you have any question please email Stephanie Flowers, Chair NPU-V.

Public Hearing

The public may access the public hearing by the following Conference Bridge: Toll Free Access:
(877) 579-6743, Conference ID: 8315991256. Citizens and other interested parties are invited to
provide comments at (404) 330-6068. Public comment will be accepted between the hours of 4:00
pm and 7:00 pm on the day before the scheduled meeting and messages should not exceed three

Attachments:

Annie E. Casey Capacity Building Opportunity for NPU-V Community Based Organizations

Greetings everyone

Attached you will find the 2021 Capacity Building RFP. Please share widely with your networks as appropriate. A couple of items you may want to note.

You see both a word and pdf version, so people can complete the application easier.

Also, we are having an information session at 12:30PM January 25th (via webex). People ca register to attend by emailing me (aoguntoye@aecf.org) for an invitation.

Last year we dispensed all funding several weeks before the grant deadline so we hope people will apply sooner this year.

Thank you

Attachment: Capacity Building RFP 2021

Trees Atlanta Watershed Grant (Application Due Monday 1/11)

From our friends at Trees Atlanta:

The Watershed Grant with Trees Atlanta is for 12 installations of rain gardens for homeowners who live in Intrenchment Creek , Proctor Creek and Utoy creek watersheds. I will select 4 home sites in each watershed. There is a Green Infrastructure Survey below If you know of ideal candidates in these watersheds. One very helpful tip is for the homeowner to send in good pictures and videos of when water is actually pooling, standing, or flowing, if they have them. This will help with assessments and designs. The application has been extended to Monday, January 11. 

Trees Atlanta Green Infrastructure Survey

Each rain garden will be specifically designed as green infrastructure to enhance Atlanta’s urban canopy and simultaneously capture and manage stormwater runoff. One of the primary objectives of this process will be to develop and test cost-effective models for implementing residential or community-based green infrastructure in Atlanta with an ultimate goal of encouraging a city-wide program aimed at residential or community properties. We will maximize every opportunity to provide learning experiences during and after installation for staff, volunteers, the general public, and other practitioners working in the region.

This project aligns with the City of Atlanta’s Green Infrastructure Strategic Action Plan, which was adopted by Atlanta City Council in October 2017. Trees Atlanta served as a member of the Green Infrastructure Task Force that helped create the plan, which positions Atlanta as a leader in green infrastructure for a resilient, sustainable, and equitable future. Additionally, the implementation of Green infrastructure is a key objective in the City of Atlanta’s Watershed Improvement Plans (WIP) for Intrenchment, Proctor and Utoy Creeks. These plans identify projects, activities, and policies within each watershed that will improve watershed health and water quality. Specific objectives within these plans that the project will address include: removing pollutants from stormwater, providing capacity relief to underground sewer infrastructure, and reducing harmful impacts from stormwater on nearby streams and residents. The project also supports key City of Atlanta Watershed Health Objectives including economic health and healthy communities.

Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council Invites You to Our January Meeting!

The Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council will be hosting our next bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 am. It will be a virtual meeting, and you can join via Zoom using the following information:

Meeting Details
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3577790612
Meeting ID: 357 779 0612

+13126266799,,3577790612#

We’re also looking for supporters and members of our communities to sign up and join a committee so that we can advance our work to restore, revitalize, and protect the ecological health of our south Atlanta communities. If you’re interested in working with a committee, please sign up here:
https://forms.gle/Rf1Bp6TKE2LQxR8V7

And you can find the Facebook event here (please share with your networks!):
https://www.facebook.com/events/399887881091151

If you would like to learn more, please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our website.

NPU-V January Virtual Meeting MONDAY (1/11) @ 7pm!

Join us for our monthly meeting for residents of Neighborhood Planning Unit V! NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
 

The meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th, at 7pm via Zoom.  Participants will need to register in advance for this meeting via this link:

To join, click: https://zoom.us/j/99211320112
Meeting ID: 992 1132 0112
Dial-In: 646-558-8656, access code, 99211320112#
Our 2021 Governing Board will sworn in at this meeting. Congratulations are in order to the following:
  • Stephanie Flowers, Chairperson
  • Columbus Ward, Jr., Vice Chairperson
  • James Collins, Secretary
  • Chris Lemons, Parliamentarian
  • Dr. Jane Ridley, Treasurer
  • Clemmie Jenkins, Recording Secretary
Call-in participants will be able to “raise their hand” by dialing *9 during the meeting. NPU-V board members hosting the meeting will be able to see any participants with raised hands and recognize them for asking questions or recording tallies for voting matters.

If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, please email npuzoomroom4@atlantaga.gov and the NPU-V board Zoom hosts will be able to help.

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.
 
See you there!

395 and 409 Whitehall Community meeting- Jan 7th

Dear NPU M and V and Castleberry, Downtown and Mechanicsville neighborhoods and CAP,

The Department of City Planning (DCP) in conjunction with Invest Atlanta is working with Eagle Environmental Development and Construction on a Brownfield Revolving Loan to remediate 395 and 409 Whitehall Street SW. The parcels are in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood in NPU M and in proximity of the Downtown neighborhood as well as NPU V and the Mechanicsville neighborhood.

DCP staff will be hosting  a virtual community meeting about this project on January 7, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Attached is the meeting notice, please share with your group.  There is more information about this project at Whitehall Street Brownfield | Atlanta, GA.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me at 404-450-6442 and jlavandier@atlantaga.gov

Thanks! Have a great 2021!

Jessica Lavandier

Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund Request for Proposals

The Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund (The Trust) was created in 2017 to support projects and activities that benefit the stadium neighborhoods – Atlanta neighborhoods of Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and the portion of Grant Park comprised of the named streets in the Turner Field Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study. A total of $5 million was initially designated by the City of Atlanta with additional funds to be contributed from the sale or lease of City-owned properties in the above-named communities.

The Trust is governed by an eleven-member committee of residents from the stadium neighborhoods. The Trust Committee envisions equitable opportunities through community-led, sustainable, and transformative investments. They are committed to the Trust’s mission to serve
as a financial and educational resource that provides equitable opportunities through community development for the stadium neighborhoods. The committee currently seeks to fund economic and community development initiatives such as job training and affordable housing.

The Trust Committee is soliciting proposals for community-driven initiatives that will deliver job training, community development and/or affordable housing projects or services. Proposals in the area of job training and affordable housing are highly desirable. The description for the three statutorily-defined areas are provided below:

● Job Training: Providing job-readiness training, skills training, placement and retention; employer partnerships offering quality entry- level employment and/or salaries that meet the cost of living; and leveraging other workforce funding that can be used to expand
opportunities for residents.

● Community Development: Providing a range of opportunities that build community (festivals, historical projects, parks); build people (education, health, etc.); and foster community, sustainability, beautification and safety.

● Affordable Housing: Helping residents who are below the median household income in the stadium neighborhoods age or stay in place. Affordable housing may include rental assistance, addressing the issue of homelessness, building affordable housing, home repair assistance, and tax payment assistance.

Apply here: https://snctrustatl.org/