Alpharetta City Council Meeting January 27 ,2014

There has been a great deal of public interest in the first zoning item listed on the agenda so I suggest you get there early if you plan to attend.

Alpharetta City Council

Public Hearing & City Council Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2014 7:30 PM

Location: Alpharetta City Hall – Council Chambers

IV. CONSENT AGENDA A. Council Meeting Minutes (Meeting of 01/06/2014) B. Financial Management Report (Month Ending 12/31/2013) C. Alcohol License Applications
1. PH-14-AB-01  Annie’s Italian Kitchen Owner: Annie Scoles 3070 Windward Plaza – Suite X-1 Consumption: Liquor / Beer / Wine / Sunday Sales
2. PH-14-AB-02  Balance Restaurant Group, LLC d/b/a Kickshaw Grill Owner: Balance Restaurant Group 800 North Main Street – Suite 130 Consumption: Liquor / Beer / Wine / Sunday Sales
3. PH-14-AB-03  SK Empire, LLC d/b/a Kahn’s Food Mart Owner: SK Empire, LLC 3955 Old Milton Parkway Package Store: Beer / Wine
V. CITY CENTER     (Bob Regus / Mike Hall) A. Workshop And Project Update
VI. PUBLIC HEARING A. Community Development   (Richard McLeod / Kathi Cook)
1. MP-13-02 / CLUP-13-09 / V-13-22: Windward Pod 66 Consideration of a request to amend the Windward Masterplan in order to permit single family “for-sale” residential.  A request to change the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “Medium Density Residential” is also requested and a variance from the required 50’ undisturbed buffer required between commercial/office uses and residential property. The property is located between Edison Drive and Webb Bridge Road and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1113, 1180, 1176, 1243, 1179, 1242 2nd District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia
2. V-14-04: Top Golf Consideration of a height variance to allow 138’ poles at building grade elevation that are used to hold netting to trap golf balls. The property is located on Westside Parkway and legally described as being located in Land Lots 639, 654, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia
3. V-13-21: Peachtree Residential Consideration of a variance to reduce the minimum building setback from 20’ to 10’ for a townhome building located within Victoria Square. The property is located on Orchid Lane within Land Lot 1270, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia
4. V-14-03: Dania Drive Consideration of a variance request to remove the City’s required 75’ non-impervious buffer and 50’ undisturbed buffer in order to construct a home at 240 Dania Drive. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1177, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia
VII. BUSINESS MEETING A. Administration     (Bob Regus / Sam Thomas) 1. Resolution: North Fulton Community Improvement District A resolution of the Alpharetta City Council consenting to the expansion of the North Fulton Community Improvement District
2. Resolution: Hotel / Motel Tax Rate A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 48-13-51(b) to specify a new excise tax rate (hotel / motel tax); to identify the project for tourism development purposes; to specify the allocation of proceeds, and for other purposes
VIII. Reports


We don’t need no stinkin’ Windward

A commenter on an earlier post cited a study used to justify the transit system’s expansion of train service into my neighborhood. The study was paid for by MARTA and conducted as part of the North Line Transit Oriented Study which was presented in 2006.

Part of the research was conducted through telephone surveys of nearby residents and the report states:

The telephone survey sample was selected to include residents near each of the 4 proposed TOD sites: Holcomb Bridge Road and GA 400, Haynes Bridge Road and GA 400, Old Milton Parkway and GA 400, and Windward Parkway and GA 400.

So let us take a look at the map showing the areas surveyed. You can click on the picture below to enlarge it.

Many of the dots above indicate where people work in addition to where they live but do you notice anything unusual in the top, right area of the survey map? I do because that is where I live. A tiny little neighborhood called Windward with more than 2,400 homes. Notice how not a single one of the surveys conducted was of a Windward resident? Odd isn’t it? Not one of the thousands of people interviewed lived or worked in the largest neighborhood in North Fulton county.

So what are the odds that a legitimate, random survey would completely avoid an entire geographic area that contained about 1/6th of a city’s population? It’s been a couple of decades since my statistics classes but I’d say the probability of that happening accidentally would have to be less than 1%. If any of you are well versed in probabilities and take issue with my WAG please feel free to correct me.

But regardless of the actual probability, the point is that a survey which is used to justify putting a MARTA train station in my neighborhood did not ask one single person out of the thousands most affected for their opinion. Alpharetta’s elected officials are making decisions based on a survey that completely ignored 1/6th of their constituents and that should be unacceptable whether or not it occurred by design or chance.