Druid Hills Preschool for a Special use Permit
As Board of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, we are aware that the pending application of the Druid Hills Preschool for a Special use Permit has generated a great deal of interest. The neighborhood will be voting on the proposal at our next monthly meeting on Wednesday February 15 at 7:30 at the Trolley Barn. Below, we set forth the procedures and some other points for any resident who plans to attend to bear in mind.
First, the applicant (Druid Hills Preschool) will have 10 minutes to present its proposal. At the conclusion of the applicant’s presentation, the chair will recognize an immediate neighbor for 5 minutes to present their objections. After these presentations, we will open the floor for 25 minutes for questions and discussion. After the period for questions and discussion, we will devote 20 minutes total to advocacy. Those wishing to speak will form two lines. One line will be for opponents of the application, the other for supporters of the application. We will alternate comments between the opponents and supporters. Each line, opponents and supporters, will be allotted a total of 10 minutes. No individual may speak for more than one minute. Because we have allotted 20 minutes for advocacy, the Board asks that participants refrain from engaging in advocacy during the period for questions and discussion.
We recognize that our procedure requires that all meeting participants act in good faith. The meeting chair may determine, in his sole discretion, that it is appropriate to reduce, extend, or otherwise revise time allotments. The Board understands that there is disagreement regarding the benefits and burdens of the application. We are committed to deliberating constructively on the substance of these points. We urge both supporters and opponents of the application to confer in advance to ensure, to the extent possible, that the individuals making comments do not make duplicative points.
All residents of Inman Park who are 18 years of age or older are entitled to vote (i.e., voting is not restricted to members of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association). The by-laws expressly forbid any absentee or proxy voting. Any resident wishing to vote at the meeting must sign in with their name and address. By signing in, the person affirms that they are a resident of Inman Park and 18 years of age or older. In order to facilitate this sign-in process, residents are strongly encouraged to be on time (or early) for the meeting. As with all regular monthly meetings, this meeting will begin at 7:30 pm and doors will open at 7:00 pm.
The vote on the DHP application is one item on the agenda of the regular monthly meeting of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. It is by no means the only item on the agenda and it will not be the first item on the agenda. If you are interested, you may consult the neighborhood website, inmanpark.org, to view the full agenda. Another major item on the agenda is a presentation by the City's Renew Atlanta Office on the redevelopment and redesign of DeKalb Ave. This will give the neighborhood an opportunity to have input into the City's planning process on this extremely important matter. This item, among others, will precede the deliberation and vote on the DHP application. It is the hope of the board that those attending the meeting principally out of interest in the DHP matter will constructively engage on these other matters. At the very least, we will appreciate good-humored patience. It is going to be a long meeting. In this connection, we will, as we always do, have a baby-sitter on site. If you wish to utilize this service, you will find the sitter set up in the basement of the Trolley Barn.