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The second of four Decatur 202 Zoom discussions– this time on housing affordability — is scheduled for 4 p.m., December 10. The sessions are part of the city’s current strategic planning efforts and drill down on the input provided during the Citizen Roundtables and the Virtual Forums.

Interested participants can get involved by registering on Zoom.

The presentation and discussion format for the two-hour 202 session is the same for all four topic meetings. If you missed the small group discussions and introductory presentations during the first 202 session, see the video under Transportation & Mobility on the Decatur 2030 website. The first 202 encouraged – and got – a vigorous conversation on how to reconcile two Decatur ambitions that aren’t always compatible: Our dependence on automobiles and the road and parking infrastructure they require and our determination to expand pedestrian, biking, and transit alternatives.

For the upcoming housing session, we’ll confront the increasing demand for housing within the reach of lower and middle income families and the fear of disrupting the character and stability of existing neighborhoods.

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The City of Decatur is currently conducting an impact fee study that will establish an Impact Fee Program including fees for the City to use in 2021. The community is invited to attend the Advisory Committee virtual Kick Off Meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The meeting agenda will include an explanation of impact fees, review of the study process, schedule of events and committee’s role in the study and conclude with a question & answer session.

The virtual meeting can be accessed using the following Zoom Link and Meeting Id.Additionally, there is a call-in option for this meeting, which does not require video.

Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84749584630

Meeting Id: 847 4958 4630

Call-in:  +1 929-205-6099

If you would like more information about this topic, contact John Maximuk, 678-553-6570 or email at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com.​

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The Roundtables process included 800 registrants who contributed thousands of comments. Many of these comments about Decatur’s future were in agreement, but some topics revealed conflicting perspectives about how Decatur should chart its course for the next ten years. 

The 202s will allow for a deep dive on these topics. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” 

Here’s the line-up: 

Mobility

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Housing

Thursday, Dec. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Equity & Racial Justice

Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Climate Change

February 2021, Date TBD 

Speakers will be announced closer to the event. Visit decatur2030.com for all details. All events will occur on Zoom and will be recorded and available after the meeting. To participate, you may register at decatur2030.com.  

Can’t make it at the scheduled time but still want to be part of the conversation? Watch the recordings, download the discussion guides, and form a small group to discuss the questions. Discussion notes may be submitted at decatur2030.com/get-connected/ or decaturdestination@gmail.com.

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The Decatur City Commission will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, Sept. 28. Did you know you can get the latest #DecaturGA news and updates like this directly to your mobile phone? Just text CODAlerts to 313131 to join the list! #HappeningInDecaturGA

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Nearly two years in the making, Decatur’s emerging Storm Water Master Plan is now ready for prime time. For the next month, we’ll be collecting final input on the present draft as we move our way towards formal adoption later this year.

Hundreds of residents and others helped shape this draft and together we’ve identified 101 areas of concern with appropriate ways to address them. We now have 73 proposed storm water projects to decrease flooding, protect water quality, provide flexibility in implementation, and increase the capacity and stability of stormwater management in the city.

Need to drill down on specifics? Mark your calendar and join us online September 16 at 6 p.m. for an overview presentation and opportunity to ask questions of city staff and their consultant team. For more information and to register, visit www.decaturnext.com.

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During last night’s meeting, Decatur City Commission approved an amended meeting schedule moving the second September meeting back to its regular third Monday, Sept. 21 as it no longer conflicts with the City Schools of Decatur Fall Break (which has been canceled). Meetings are currently conducted online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings are also streamed live on the website. Visit decaturga.com/citycommission for meeting details and to register for alerts.

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The City Commission will hold a Special Called Meeting this Friday, July 10 at 9 a.m. Please note that due to the Public Health State of Emergency this meeting will be held remotely.

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. We encourage members of the public to access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
  2. Register in advance to participate through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95567743756. Access instructions will be provided in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting, you may email your “public comments” on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 to: Andrea Arnold, City Manager, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com.

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Are you interested in learning about the City’s FY20-21 budget and 2020 millage rates? There are a few ways for you to get involved between now and adoption day on June 15, 2020.

1. Take some time to read through the budget document.

2. Spend some time with the City Manager and the City Clerk while enjoying your favorite beverage or snack at the virtual Budget Happy Hour on Monday, June 8th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

3. Attend a public hearing and let the City Commission know your thoughts on the budget and the 2020 millage rates. There are three public hearings scheduled in the coming weeks. One is Monday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. and the others are Monday, June 15th at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in via Zoom. Check out the schedule for the registration links.

4. Let us know your thoughts via the Open City Hall forum. Since City Hall is closed to the public right now, you can still let the City Commission know your thoughts by sharing them here.

5. Watch the archived video of the City Commission work session focused on the FY19-20 revised budget and the FY20-21 proposed budget. An archived video of the session is now available on the City’s website.

6. Send your questions &/or comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold (andrea.arnold@decaturga.com) and City Clerk Meredith Roark (meredith.roark@decaturga.com).

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Recognizing the need to govern the City while also following the guidance from public health officials for responsible social distancing, at their Monday, March 16 meeting, the Decatur City Commissioners will limit their participation to a quorum of three City Commission members, encourage community members to watch the meeting live online and submit any questions and comments to be considered at the meeting to the City Manager in advance of the meeting.  Mayor Patti Garrett stated, “We are taking the guidance for social distancing seriously and encourage all residents to do the same in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
For future City Commission meetings, the City plans to have technology in place to allow community members to participate remotely during the meetings.  The Mayor has been working closely with State officials, the Georgia Municipal Association, DeKalb County, the DeKalb County Health Department, and the Mayors in the DeKalb Municipal Association to ensure a coordinated community effort to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Mayor Garrett will provide more detail about the City’s coordinated response during Monday’s City Commission meeting.

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The City Commission meeting for Monday, March 16 will remain scheduled as planned, however, we encourage interested parties to view the live broadcast at https://www.decaturga.com/streamingvideo. In lieu of in-person “Public Comment on Agenda Items” and “Requests and Petitions”, you may submit questions and comments via email by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16 to Andrea Arnold, City Manager, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com. The meeting remains open to the public, but extra caution is recommended- especially for vulnerable populations. Visit the city’s website for meeting agendas and updates.

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