Bylaws changes to be considered in September

Bylaws changes to be considered in September
By Ken Edelstein
The CPNO Bylaws Review Committee has presented a final draft proposal to our Board of Directors. This sets the stage for consideration of a major bylaws update by both the Board and the membership in September.
Among other steps, the draft includes a new lineup for the Board officers, a longer grace period for membership renewal, and a stronger system of committees designed to engage more residents in improving the neighborhood. A summary of the changes can be viewed here. A redlined draft is here.
Committee chair Jay Sandhaus and members Kate Cantrell, Scott Lenhart and Bonnie Palter worked on their review over six months. They honed the draft proposal with the help of multiple discussions at CPNO Members Meeting, a special hearing, straw polls, and consultations with individual board members.
The committee members brought significant expertise to the topic: Cantrell is a former Inman Park Cooperative Preschool board president and current non-profit leader, Lenhart is an attorney for a major nonprofit (CARE), Palter is CPNO’s longtime recording secretary, and Sandhaus is a former CPNO president. Sandhaus’ approach was to test the waters for various changes, and then to revise the proposals so that the overall plan stood a good chance at consensus.
Now, it’s up to the Board and the membership to consider the draft proposal. As of today, I’m planning to place the recommendations on the Board’s Sept. 14 agenda. Our current Bylaws (and for that matter, the committee’s proposal) require Bylaws amendments to get a majority vote from the Board and a two-thirds vote in the Members’ Meeting. If the Board approves the committee’s proposal, or an amended version, the membership will consider that plan as passed by the board at its Sept. 21 meeting.

September Zoning Committee Meeting – September 9, 2015

The September Zoning Committee Meeting is scheduled for September 9, 2015.  At this time, there is one residential variance application and one commercial special exception application as follows:

299 Moreland Avenue, NE

V-15-222 – Applicant seeks a special exception from the zoning ordinance to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces from 54 spaces to 24 spaces to allow the conversion of retail to restaurant. (Pending lot consolidation)

34o Brooks Avenue, NE

V-15-215 – Applicant seeks a variance from zoning regulations to reduce the required front yard setback from 3o ft. to 25.9 ft.  Applicant also seeks a variance to reduce the required north side yard from 7 ft. to 2.4 ft.

The meeting will be held at Epworth Church at 1561 Mclendon Avenue at 7:00 p.m. on September 9, 2015.  We hope everyone can join us!

The Candler Park Security Patrol is Live and Accepting Members

The goal of the CPLC Patrol is to fight neighborhood crime by helping to prevent it. The Patrol will be staffed by off-duty City of Atlanta police officers who will drive the marked CPLC Patrol car and have authority to make arrests. Your membership benefits include direct access to the patrol officer, as well as the ability to request a vacation patrol, whereby the patrol officer will check on your home while you are away. Members will also receive a CPLC Patrol yard sign.

The CPLC Patrol is now live and accepting members! The sooner you and your neighbors join, the sooner the patrol will begin. And, the more members we have, the more patrol hours we can fund! Together, we can make our neighborhood safer.

Please visit our website for membership and sponsorship information:

Fall Fest Volunteers Needed

Our Fall Fest needs continue to grow and we have a great team running the show. We still need the help of volunteers to make this year the most successful Fall Fest to date! Please visit the Fall Fest website at and click on the Get Involved link. Thank you in advance!