National Night Out is an annual event taking place the first Tuesday in August throughout the United States. The Westview Community Organization held this year’s National Night Out in the southern part of Westview on a strip of land that will hopefully be turned into an official park in the future. The youth played a basketball tournament and police, firefighters, politicians, and neighbors chatted for this evening of public safety.
To view more photos of National Night Out 2012 please visit our Westview Facebook page.
Councilmember’s Cleta Winslow and CT Martin have introduced two zoning ordinances impacting the Westview neighborhood.
Ordinance Z-12-16 focuses on an area at the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Beecher Street in the southeastern corner of Westview, as well as adjacent neighborhoods. The ordinance reads: “An Ordinance to rezone certain properties within the Cascade Avenue corridor in NPU-S and NPU-T from C-1 (Community Business) and C-1-C (Community Business-Conditional) districts to the NC-14 Cascade Avenue-Beecher Street Neighborhood Commercial District, and for other purposes.”
In 2000 the City of Atlanta introduced the new “Neighborhood Commercial (NC)” zoning in an effort to steer zoning regulations away from automobile-focused development to a more balanced and inclusive building solution that would welcome pedestrian traffic. The goal of the NC zoning is to provide a friendly and inviting commercial atmosphere that focuses on and is supported by the surrounding residential neighborhoods.
Ordinance Z-12-17 focuses on an area at the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard on the eastern edge of Westview, as well as adjacent neighborhoods. The ordinance reads: “An Ordinance to rezone certain properties within the Cascade corridor in NPU-T from the R-4 (Single-Family Residential), C-1 (Community Business), and the C-1-C (Community Business-Conditional) districts to the MRC-1-C (Mixed Residential Commercial-Conditional) and MRC-2-C (Mixed residential Commercial-Conditional) districts, and for other purposes.”
The Mixed Residential-Commercial (MRC) zoning was equally instated to steer away from automobile only driven development. MRC zoning encourages development that provides commercial use for street-level traffic in conjunction with higher density residential use such as condominiums or apartments above the commercial space. Its additional purpose is to focus buildings back towards the street for pedestrian traffic, while hiding automobile parking in the rear and eliminating giant parking lots with big building setbacks.
The introduction of the legislations to turn the Cascade-Beecher area into a neighborhood commercial district and the Cascade-Ralph David Abernathy area into a mixed residential-commercial district is intended to build a framework that will support the City of Atlanta’s new vision of all-encompassing community development.
A public information session took place on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. The ordinances are scheduled to appear on the agenda of NPU-T for a vote at the Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 meeting. If residents deem changes necessary they are encouraged to defer the vote and supply requested changes for a vote at the September NPU-T meeting.
Download PDFs of the full ordinances: Z-12-16 & Z-12-17
Neighbors came together on Saturday, April 30th to clean up the community. The clean-up was additionally scheduled prior to the following weekend’s Westview Open House.
The Westview Community Organization would like to thank Councilman C.T. Martin for sponsoring the dumpster for the clean-up.
To view more photos from the 2011 Spring Clean-up please visit the Westview Facebook page.
Sidewalk and roadway improvements continue in Westview. The project was initiated by the Westview Development Committee and has been funded through the Quality of Life bond thanks to the help of Councilmember CT Martin.
East Ontario’s sidewalks are nearly complete and work has begun on West Ontario. West Ontario will have a widened sidewalk on the western side of the street, which will preserve the large old trees and assist in traffic calming. Additionally East Ontario and some parts of Ontario and Willard have been repaved.
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