Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Mid-Commission Mini-Update

It’s going to be a long one, kids.  Two and a half hours in and we’re about to start item 6 (out of 22).  Consider this the first (maybe last) of periodic M&C updates throughout the meeting.

The two biggest issues thus far have been transportation monies and a moratorium on fraternities and sororities purchasing/improving property.  To be honest, I missed a lot of the first two and a half hours of the meeting, but as near as I can tell, Carl Jordan talked a lot, Mayor Davison caught a grammatical error in a proclamation thanking Harry Sims for serving as Mayor Pro Tem, and many wealthy white fraternity alums are kind of mad at the M&C.  Also, bike lanes came up again.  Huh.  Who’d a thought it?

This moratorium seems to be a pretty interesting issue.  It was placed on the agenda as Item 22, apparently very late this afternoon.  Indeed, it isn’t even on the agenda available on the city website.  I’m sure that folks who paid closer attention will correct me/fill in the details, but it appears to be designed to stop Greek organizations (think Josh and Hunter, not Zorba and Pytheas) from buying up property.  The development that appears to have sparked this is the purchase of some property on Milledge Ave, which appears to have some folks in Cobbham all up in arms.

Concerning the transportation issues, the biggie tonight is re-engineering the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Commerce Boulevard out on the west side.  Now if you don’t travel out that way much, let us tell you, traffic out there is a nightmare, and accidents are only going to get worse.  

Ok, enough for now.  Back with LPDS news, if I haven’t fallen asleep.  (It’s been a long day.)

Feel free, anyone who’s following along, to add your own running commentary in the comments section.

22 comments:

Dawg Corleone said...

Moratorium was added to the agenda just before 5 o'clock Monday afternoon. I heard about it on the radio this morning. David Lynn says it would be for 6 months.

Publius said...

Is it directed just at Greeks, or what?

Anonymous said...

I know the Cobbham folks are all varieties of upset because Richard Hathaway sold the old Salvation Army building this week to a fraternity. Just what I heard.

Anonymous said...

I talked to some commissioners about this and they explained that it was just the only way that all the parties could be brought to the table to discuss it before the frats pulled a building permit. There is, apparently, more than one instance of the Greeks buying property in or adjoining some neighborhoods now that they've been kicked off campus.

It seems heay-handed but, it makes sense to get out in front of this one, I think. Still, it's bound to piss off a bunch of folks. But, right now, the Greeks ain't got too many sympathizers whether that is deserved or not.

Dawg Corleone said...

Moratorium on frat houses passes 6-4. 4 were Hoard, Carter, Sims, Chasteen.

Adrian said...

More complaints on the traffic and alcohol. Cedar Creek people must think it's going to be a year-round football game.

Adrian said...

States may be the only one alert right now. Elton asked Brad if he's a communist.

Dawg Corleone said...

Swing vote Chasteen is a yes

Dawg Corleone said...

Hoard becomes fifth yes vote.

Adrian said...

Carl is now talking about lighting. Should I go to bed and check the TV when I wake up?

Dawg Corleone said...

If I count correctly, Jordan makes 6 yes.

Dawg Corleone said...

8-2: Mc, Dodson no.

DoorMatt said...

LPDS – What is the vote breakdown? Stuck in a hotel in Germany getting ready for work now…

Adrian said...

It passed.

Adrian said...

Dodson and McCarter were the only no votes.

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

Wow. I'll be damned. This is obviously going to warrant some commentary tomorrow when I'm, like, awake and coherent and stuff. Thanks for the updates by the way, guys; I'm DIRECTVing it, and so no Channel 7. And no way was I gonna be at the damn meeting this time of night.

DoorMatt said...

YES... Thanks for the updates! No channel 7 over here either.

Dawg Corleone said...

A 7-hour meeting.

monticello_pres said...

Carl Jordan effectively hijacked the first 2 hours of the meeting to hear himself talk. I want names and addresses for anyone that has voted for this man.

To say that I saw an 8-2 vote in favor of LPDS would be a lie. But I can't say that I'm surprised it passed. Opposition has waned and the Special District Overlay (SDO) can help solve the slippery slope zoning issues that many (including me) feared with this. That process has already begun.

A rumor has the SDO falling apart but there are conflicting opinions on that.

What's done is done and now I hope the East Side can rally together and support the newest business venture on our side of town. I'll do my part to help facilitate that - but the amount of lingering anger and/or hostility towards LPDS is yet to be seen. After all, most involved are still asleep right now.

I certainly appreciate States and Elton standing behind their constituants and neighbors (8th district folks). States was clearly opposed but Elton went against his own personal feelings to support his 8th district voters/neighbors.

With the overwhelming support of the Planning Commission (unanimous) and now A/CC Commission (8-2) I don't think anyone can point fingers at any one person or concern. This, in its current and revised form, was just meant to pass. At least David Lynn (in his substitute motion - to accept the rezone and proposal) included the limitations proposed by the LPDS group. The Planning Commission had inexplicably removed these from their recommendations. Tom Chasteen took a stance supporting Comm Lynn's motion but only under the understanding that those limitations (business hours, outdoor music and lighting, etc) were included.

Dawg Corleone said...

Problem is, anyone who voted against Jordan last time out voted for Bob Beal, who is just as verbose and much crazier.

And I'm a Republican.

Jmac said...

That's an excellent point Corleone. Beal is about as nutty as they come. Many props for that.

Anonymous said...

heheheee! and let no one forget that the Chamber endorsed Space Bob.

Either way, we were going to get a wind bag. At least we got one that does his homework.

Now, if we could just get someone who is as smart as Carl and works as hard as Carl but, talks about as much as David Lynn, we'd shorten commission meetings by at least half.