Excellent Day of Service

We planted 50 trees Nov. 13 with the tremendous help of Trees Atlanta. More than 50 volunteers planted trees — coming from the local neighborhoods and as far away as Johns Creek and Morrow, Ga. Thank you to all volunteers.

We are thrilled that DeKalb County is supporting the effort to beautify the median on Hairston Road. This is a terrific investment in the beauty of the area. In addition, it cuts down on mowing costs and, according to Radarsigns, trees slow down driving speeds by 10-20 percent (see link below).

We especially thank Antioch A.M.E. Church which let us use the parking lot for a staging area and provided many volunteers. Here are some photos of our great event.

Countdown: Almost time to plant our trees

Lasting Benefits for our Community!

Saturday, Nov. 13, is the big day! We’re planting 50 trees on S. Hairston, on the stretch of road from Hairston Park to Martins Crossing.  Trees Atlanta is our partner, and they will lead our efforts.

We invite you to come and help dig!  There are also light-duty volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers are welcome!

Nov. 13, 9:00 a.m.

Meet at Antioch A.M.E. Church (parking available)

765 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Many hands make light work.  Please join us.  Bring gloves and a mask.  We’ll have tools, but we encourage you to bring your own shovel and/or mattock.  Bring a water bottle. You can refill it (and get snacks!) at the church.

We’re planting Nuttall Oak, Shumard Oak, and Bald Cypress.  They are little now, but they will grow into beautiful, majestic trees, and will be a stunning site on S. Hairston. 

This is a great community service project. We’ll have fun playing in the dirt. We will make our community lovelier for generations to come. 

You can be part of this great project. Every time you drive down Hairston Road, you can say, “I helped plant those trees!”



Meet and greet the Police Commander at Hairston Park, Oct. 26, 5 p.m.

You are invited to hear an update from Major C.D. Medlin, Tucker Precinct Commander, on Oct. 26, 5 – 6 p.m. , at Hairston Park.  911 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain.   This is part of the Major’s Night Out series, a time when the entire community can address concerns.  Please join us. 

Help Us Pave the Way
Leave Your Mark at Hairston Park!

You can support Hairston Park by buying an engraved brick that will be used in a lovely border around our new information kiosk. It will be seen by hundreds of people who come to Hairston Park every month. Click here to learn more and to receive a $25 discount.

https://bricksrus.com/DONORSITE/FRIENDSOFHAIRSTONPARK

Help Create a Tree-Lined Boulevard on S. Hairston

Our community has received 50 trees from DeKalb County to plant along S. Hairston Road from Hairston Park south.  We invite you to come and help dig!  There are also light-duty volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers are welcome! Bring your partner! Bring a team!

Nov. 13, 9:00 a.m.
Meet at Antioch A.M.E. Church  
765 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Thank you, Antioch!

Trees Atlanta is bringing the trees and leading our efforts. With 50 volunteers, we will be done in three hours. 

Please register by clicking this link:  Hairston Trees Volunteers

Bring gloves and a mask.  We’ll have tools, but we encourage you to bring your own shovel and/or mattock.  Bring a water bottle. You can refill it (and get snacks!) at the church.

This is a great community service project. We’ll have fun playing in the dirt. We will make our community lovelier for generations to come. 
You can be part of this wonderful effort. Every time you drive down Hairston Road, you can say, “I helped plant those trees!”

Contact GHHCDC@gmail.com for more information.

Help Create a Tree-Lined Boulevard on S. Hairston

Our community has received 50 trees from DeKalb County to plant along S. Hairston Road from Hairston Park south.  We invite you to come and help dig!  There are also light-duty volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers are welcome! Bring your partner! Bring a team!

Nov. 13, 9:00 a.m.
Meet at Antioch A.M.E. Church  
765 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Thank you, Antioch!


Trees Atlanta is bringing the trees and leading our efforts. With 50 volunteers, we will be done in three hours. 

Please register by clicking this link:  Hairston Trees Volunteers

Bring gloves and a mask.  We’ll have tools, but we encourage you to bring your own shovel and/or mattock.  Bring a water bottle. You can refill it (and get snacks!) at the church.

This is a great community service project. We’ll have fun playing in the dirt. We will make our community lovelier for generations to come. 

You can be part of this wonderful effort. Every time you drive down Hairston Road, you can say, “I helped plant those trees!”

Contact GHHCDC@gmail.com for more information.

Slaughterhouses Have No Business in a Residential Neighborhood

We continue to be appalled by the lawless behavior of Rudolph Bradford who slaughters animals for profit at 1676 Rice Road, a residential property.  Last month, he slaughtered 161 animals. Since he was order to cease-and-desist on  March 1, 2019, he has slaughtered 3,420 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep.  The statistics come from the Georgia Department of Agriculture in response to open records requests.

It’s time to turn up the heat.  His first court date was in June 2019, and it has been one postponement after another since then. 

We ask you to join as at the Animal Advisory Board meeting Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.  Click the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81123099875?fbclid=IwAR1JHZtNeplRLpdyAfv80M_WRAD_olpKriweuv4cSMipOWEcIh6M-lUXkfA#success

This board has been appointed by the CEO and Commissioners and can help to make our voices heard. Public comments will be taken at the end of the meeting.    

  • The Board has forwarded our questions to DeKalb Animal Control and to Code Enforcement. We want to know if there are any other complaints. In addition, we want to know if the animals are treated humanely before slaughter and if their pain is minimized as they are killed.
  • In addition, we have asked the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office why no date has yet been set for a trial. On Sept. 27, Superior Court Judge Wayne Purdom said he would arrange a call among the attorneys and set a date.
  • We have asked the DeKalb Office of the County Attorney why is the cease-and-desist order not enforced? We asked for public records pertaining to this case since the cease-and desist order was issued March 1, 2019.
  • We have gone 32 months without action being taken.  If laws are not enforced, what’s the good of the law? 

This could happen in any neighborhood.  Join us at the meeting. Write to your commissioners.  Make your voices heard. 

If you are available to pass out fliers in the immediate neighborhood, write to GHHCDC@gmail.com

Write to County Officials
Michael Thurmond, CEO
MichaelThurmond@dekalbcountyga.gov

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson,  Commissioner District 7
LCJohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Mereda Davis Johnson, Commissioner District 5
mdjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Hidden Hills Neighbors-Special Alert

Please vote right now to support the drive to raise money for security cameras and neighborhood improvements. It’s only $50 a year, bringing our annual dues to $200, far less than what many homeowners pay per month. Half of all members must vote in order for the election to count. Please click on this link and vote:

https://www.wearehiddenhills.com/

Support Changes to Development Panola/Young

The Planning Commission approved – with conditions – the rezoning request for the property at 1744/1762 Panola Road (across from Berean).  The request was to change it from residential (R-100) to commercial (C-1). The conditions are the same as those for the adjacent Tier Two of the Overlay District which prohibits such businesses as liquor stores, dollar stores, gas stations, auto parts stores, tattoo parlors, etc. The conditions also include that a special permit be sought if a drive-through is needed and that the lighting be properly shielded and directed away from adjacent properties.  On Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., the Board of Commissioners will vote on the rezoning request. (It is the 4th item on the agenda, but the first two are likely to be deferred, and the 3rd one should go quickly.)

You may attend and show support at this Zoom link Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.:

https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94883110323

 Or Telephone: 602 333 0032

Conference code: 217687

Community Meeting on Proposed Development in 4900 Block of Rockbridge Rd

You are invited to a second community meeting on a potential single-family development Rockbridge Road, just west of Hairston. The site is 42 undeveloped acres along Rockbridge Road west of the intersection of Rockbridge Road and Hairston Road near the Ingles Shopping Center, Rockbridge, Elementary, and Hickory Hill community. 

The developer would like to hear your comments and suggestions.  

The property is currently zoned R-100 with a classification as Suburban Land Use. The developer is evaluating developing it under the existing R-100 entitlement, which would result in 71 single-family lots. The developer is also considering rezoning to RSM to allow for smaller more affordable single-family homes, which would result in 156 single-family lots. However, the total number is not firm.

Kyle Williams, who represents the developer, has sent us the revised site plan that incorporates additional greenspace, elevations and floor plans, and conceptual community drawings. I’ve attached those files and the original proposal (named 2021.6.16 – Rockbridge II Presentation); click here.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WzF-QkS7c-hYJCDs6d10Va942Ok09Wui/view?usp=sharing

The meeting is on Zoom:

Wed., Oct 6, 2021, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89610224810?pwd=UFdiVGE2QlI5aklQWDd0T2dDeTdoQT09

Meeting ID: 896 1022 4810
Passcode: 093272
Phone: 646 558 8656

Slaughterhouse – Still No Trial Date

Bradford Continues to Violate County Law

The slaughtering continues at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia (near Redan Elementary School) as we wait for the case to go to trial. Rudolph Bradford, owner of Bradford Home & Grounds, has been cited for operating a business without a license–a business NOT allowed in a residential zone–and for violating a cease-and-desist order issued March 1, 2019.  Bradford is countersuing. 

According to Georgia Department of Agriculture records, he has slaughtered more than 5,389 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep since he went into business in January 2016.   He has slaughtered 3,259 animals since the cease-and-desist order was issued March 1, 2019.

He was supposed to appear in Superior Court Sept. 27, but his attorney had a conflict, so nothing happened.  Judge Wayne Purdom says he will talk to Assistant Solicitor General Karen Scott and the attorney to set a date. We’ll keep you posted.

County Shuts Down a Desirable Business Option in Tier Two

Despite our best efforts, the Board of Commission voted to prevent any late-night establishment within 500 feet of a residential property line in Tier Two on Sept. 28.  This effectively prohibits such establishments in any part of Tier Two. We had hoped to have the opportunity to attract decent restaurants such as Applebee’s that might want to stay open after 12:30 a.m.  This all came about due to one bad actor at 1273 S. Hairston. We supported the Sherrington neighborhood’s effort to get that business shut down. 

We know that good operators exist, and they should be welcome in this community.  We wanted to have the option of going to a restaurant that serves alcohol after 12:30 a.m.   Many communities co-exist with such establishments, and we wanted the opportunity to attract such businesses. We worked out a compromise that requires special permit and noise controls before a late-night establishment would be allowed. It is unfortunate that the compromise was not enough.

Hearing Postponed

The Aug. 25, Planning Commission hearing to review the Hidden Hills townhome/apartment development will be deferred to Sept. 22, 6 p.m. The meeting was postponed due to insufficient public notice.

The GHHCDC and Hidden Hills Civic Association are working to get the developers’ commitments in writing and to get renderings. We will keep you posted.

We want to work with the developers to explain their intention to convert the office building to assisted living or elder care; define what will happen to the greenspace; and add details about the amenities.

Once the Planning Commission makes a decision, there is no more review. It does not go to the Board of Commissioners.

We will provide the Zoom link for the meeting once we get it.

August News

We’re meeting Aug. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.

At Saturday’s meeting, we will have an update on the public hearing on the proposed townhome/apartment development on the center of the closed Hidden Hills golf course. We will also discuss proposed developments on Panola Road and Rockbridge/Hairston.

Join GHHCDC Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82529894562?pwd=Z2ZZeHI2YkJXazhFcnVad2NKOVNmUT09

Meeting ID: 825 2989 4562

Passcode: 099974

Phone: 646 558 8656 

The Planning Commission is reviewing the Hidden Hills sketch plat on  Aug. 25, 6 p.m.  The Commission can vote to approve, deny, or defer for a one-time revision.  We are asking for the item to be put on the next meeting date because this one did not meet the publication notice deadlines. 

We want to work with the developer to explain their intention to convert the office building to assisted living or elder care; define what will happen to the greenspace; add details about the amenities.

Once the Planning Commission  makes a decision, there are no more review. It does not go to the Board of Commissioners.

You can attend the Planning Commission meeting Aug. 25, 6 p.m.  at: 

https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94261560575

Dial: 888 270 9936 (US Toll Free) Conference code: 934462

The sketch plat that the Planning Commission  will review is available at:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z9QCzrAKhLepy9rH01XVjAkjkrOhsM_6/view?usp=sharing

Late-Night Establishments in Tier Two Modified Sensibly

The Board of Commissioners approved a sensible amendment to the late-night establishments in Tier Two of the Hidden Hills overlay district.  It will allow them as long as the establishment meets stringent noise control requirements – basically there can be no noise, including bass tones and vibrations, that one can hear outside the building.

This was a compromise worked out over many meetings during the past months. However, the Sherrington group is not satisfied and has asked for another hearing to prevent any late-night establishment from being within 500 feet of a residential boundary line. The problem with that tactic is that it will cut out the opportunity for a late-night establishment in most parts of Tier Two.

This link will show you a map of the overlay district.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t4MyNPbX_HuzcDVt3pprxSrWuuushjAe/view?usp=sharing

What is a late-night establishment? “Any establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises where such establishment is open for use by patrons beyond 12:30 a.m.  A late-night establishment must be 1,500 feet away from the line of property zoned residential.” 

Please write to our commissioners to tell them thank you for the amendment. The extra protection with noise controls is a good idea. No other change is needed.   

Cochran-Johnson, Lorraine, Commissioner District 7
LCJohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Johnson, Mereda D., Commissioner District 5
mdjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Steve Bradshaw, Commissioner District 4
 srbradshaw@dekalbcountyga.gov

Last chance! Survey closes Aug. 22!

What is your vision for DeKalb County? Please take a few minutes to share your opinion.  Take the online survey at www.dekalb2050unifiedplan.com/

Stay safe everybody!

Meetings on Wesley Chapel Developments, GHHCDC, and Greenspace

Keeping Up Appearances

The median on Hairston Road received a lot of mowing attention recently, due in large part to Walter Kimp’s advocacy.  He and Erica Weaver have also been asking DeKalb County to do more than mow.  As Erica wrote, “edging and curb clean-up should be a part of the county maintenance crews as well as any future contracts awarded.  When traveling through many of our local cities and counties, the maintenance of their public right of ways is far superior to what we see in DeKalb County.” Well-maintained streetscapes send a message that the community cares and it encourages development. 

Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson responded to the emails and promises to work on including edging and curb clean-up in future contracts.

Learn about Developments at Wesley Chapel/I-20

Construction is underway at Snapfinger and Wesley Chapel. How does this fit into the comprehensive plan for the area? What are other commercial property owners planning?  Walter Kimp and other interested residents have put together this meeting for the community. It will feature the Planning Department, several Commissioners, property developers and the East Metro CID.  The community may ask questions via chat.  It is both an information meeting and an opportunity to press for the realization of the vision the community has for the area.

Join the Wesley Chapel Business Update meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 21, at this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81935276065?pwd=eGdPVGw1eW1xN2g0VEJ1bTUxTE51Zz09

Meeting ID: 819 3527 6065

Passcode: 083258

646-558-8656

The next GHHCDC meeting is July 24, 10 a.m.

We’ll discuss business developments in the area. You may join at this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81125177861?pwd=eXUwMlZRRnBxN0Z2ZHQ1dkF3Q2FmZz09

Meeting ID: 811 2517 7861

Passcode: 396844

Telephone: 646 558 8656

Greenspace – once it’s paved over, who benefits?

Learn about the plans to destroy 150 – 300 acres of forest for a police training center operated by the city of Atlanta. Make your voice hear by attending a virtual meeting July 29, 6 p.m.

Click here for the meeting link. As of this email, the details had not been made public.

https://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-members/advanced-components/covid-19

The situation is unusual.  The land is in DeKalb County, but the City of Atlanta has the lease.  The City wants to clear-cut the land and build a training center.  You can learn more about the plans at these links:

http://www.savetheoldatlantaprisonfarm.org/

https://saportareport.com/opposition-grows-to-police-training-center-at-atlanta-prison-farm/columnists/maria_saporta/

https://streetsofatlanta.blog/2021/05/27/save-southeast-atlantas-forests-from-developers/

Late-night establishments under review

The text amendment to prohibit late-night establishments in Tier Two of the Great Hidden Hills overlay zone went through more changes before being considered by the Planning Commission July 8.  The Planning Department decided that the amendment should apply only to Tier 2 and that any request go through the Special Land Use Permit process.  Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) recommended that the amendment also require an late-night establishment be located 2,000 feet from the boundary of residential property (currently the distance is 1,500 feet.) We asked for traffic and noise controls.   GHHCDC does not want a complete prohibition because there are decent late-night establishments, and we would like some in our neighborhood.

The Planning Commission did not like any of the options, and deferred the matter to the Board of Commissioners.  The BOC will hear the case July 29; the meeting starts at 5:30. 

https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/94883110323#success

888-270-9936 (US Toll Free)

Conference code: 217687

There are many items on the agenda, and this one was second to last, which meant we were on the call four hours before our item was heard.  Awful! Thank you Phyllis Frierson for sticking it out and making wise and useful comments. Billy Ray Jones and Dawn Foster stayed involved, too, lending moral support.  Thank you!

Thank you for your attention.

Jan Costello
President

Meeting June 26, 10-11 a.m.

We will discuss the proposed text amendment to prohibit late-night establishments, tree-planting initiative on Hairston Road, the upcoming meeting on the Panola/Young development, and Hairston Park.

Join the Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85133355523?pwd=NlRETTBLRENwNGRxNjRQdElxNVh0Zz09

Meeting ID: 851 3335 5523

Passcode: 177619

Phone: 646-558-8656

Click here to access background on the text amendment.

Click here to access the May 15 meeting minutes.