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Update from Joseph Geierman

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Scene from the September 19th luncheon the City of Doraville held to honor Welcoming Week

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Inconsistent, Outdated Zoning is Holding Doraville Back

The city cannot credibly redevelop its downtown when it has half of its main street zoned using an outdated code from the 60s.

We can’t keep making bad compromises and then wondering why we aren’t seeing the development we want. It’s time for us to show leadership and do the things we know are best for the city. Read more on my blog!

September 2018 Work Session: Storm Water & Downtown Doraville

At our retreat in August, the council agreed to hold one stand-alone work session each month. These sessions are where we plan to talk about big picture issues; to learn the ins and outs of particular plans or city functions; and are a way for staff to get some general direction from the council about the projects they’re working on. The goal of having these extra work sessions is to get out of reactive mode and become a more proactive city.

On Thursday, September 24th, we had the first of these meetings – our discussion covered storm water planning and the development of Doraville’s Downtown.

I cover the meetings and post links to the materials that were handed out on my blog.


Work Begins on Jess Norman Improvements!

I am happy to notify you  that improvements to Jess Norman are getting started, and we can expect them to be completed by the end of the year!

While the road must be shut down for repairs, that inconvenience will be greatly outweighed by the long-term safety improvements. Read more about the work and the city's recommended detour here.

Congratulations to NANA for purchasing and installing new neighborhood sign toppers in Northwoods!

Overwhelming Community Support Helps Open Doraville to Brewpubs and Microbreweries

On September 4, Doraville's council unanimously voted to approve brewpubs and microbreweries within our city limits. The city is now in a much better position to respond when opportunity for growth knocks on its door.

This is a great achievement - but the real thanks needs to go to the residents who came out and wore green in support. I believe that hearing from them helped move support on the council.

Thanks again to all who came out and spoke in favor!

More alcohol-related legislation is in the works! At the October 1st meeting, we should be voting on an ordinance I am introducing that would allow the licensed sale of alcohol at public events.

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Northwoods: Learning about Historic Districts & Overlay Zones

Northwoods is a special place, and feels very cohesive – with its housing mostly made up of ranch homes and split levels built in the 1950s. With that said, the  homes that make Northwoods special are slowly disappearing.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, I hosted an educational meeting for people in Northwoods to learn about zoning overlays and Historic Preservation Districts. I recorded the meetings and wrote about them at this link.

I'm hoping to get on a city council work session agenda this November to start talking about these issues in more depth with other council members.

Join Doraville's Contingent in Atlanta Pride -
Sunday, October 14

Doraville is an amazing, diverse, and welcoming city. I am thrilled that the city is participating in this year's Atlanta Pride festivities. I encourage anyone reading this to march with us on Sunday, October 14th (reply to this email for information).

I have written a brief statement of appreciation and support about the city manager's decision to participate in this event here.

On the Agenda Soon: A Traffic Calming Policy

At the October 8th Council work session, I will be proposing a traffic calming policy. This would give people in our city who live on streets with traffic problems an official process to request traffic calming studies and intervention.

Right now, we do not have a policy, which can lead to frustration and confusion if people are contending with speeders along their street. By establishing a policy, the city will be giving people who live here a clear set of understandable steps to follow if they want to ask for traffic calming in their neighborhood.

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Friends of the Doraville Library Book Sale

Doraville is the only city in DeKalb to have its own library. This resource sets our city apart from our peers, and is considered a jewel by people from around the county.

On Saturday, October 20, the Friends of the Doraville Library are having their annual book sale and membership drive. Come out and support our library, while also purchasing some books! The photo above is from last year's book sale and was taken with some of the library's friends.

Membership is just $5 for individuals, and $10 for a household. Well worth the price, in my opinion!
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