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WE’VE WON AN IMPORTANT SKIRMISH IN THE STRUGGLE TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

 -From the Airport Compatible Use Overlay District (ACOD).       

  THE BIG STRUGGLE IS STILL AHEAD, HOWEVER.

  1. What have we won?

 As a result of your outpouring of letters to the DeKalb County commissioners, Commissioner Gale Walldorff asked for and secured the temporary removal of the disastrous ACOD ordinance from the DeKalb Planning Commission’s agenda on April 24 and from the a vote at a June County Commission meeting.   If the proposed ordinance had been passed, the elected county commissioners would have given up their authority over zoning decisions for thousands of  homes in northeast DeKalb County surrounding PDK Airport and placed that power in the hands of non-elected county staff, with no procedure for appeal.  Residents of the area would have had to permanently sign away all legal air rights to their property to make even minor changes to their homes and property.   These actions would have cleared the way for PDK Airport to expand its operations and become an unannounced Hartsfield North.

2.  What are the continuing threats?

This flawed ACOD ordinance that has been vigorously promoted by the DeKalb County administration for the past year is allegedly now being re-written by county bureaucrats--still in secret and still without the input of those in the areas it would affect. Eventually, a revised ordinance will probably be brought back--quite likely with only a few days warning--for consideration by the DeKalb County Commission.  In addition, continuing PDK expansion on numerous fronts threatens homeowners in Northeast Atlanta.  Airport noise continues to increase as larger planes weighing up to 105,000 pounds are routinely allowed to use the airport, in violation of county policies and ordinances.  Regularly scheduled passenger service has been recently introduced at PDK, in violation of long-standing assurances from county administrators.  And inadequate margins of safety have been reported for planes landing and taking off at PDK Airport.

 3.  What can you do?

 Please write a brief note to Commissioner Gale Walldorff NOW (if possible, with copies to the other Commissioners: Judy Yates, Elaine Boyer, Jacquie Scott, Lou Walker, Hank Johnson, and Burrell Ellis) at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA  30030, to thank her for helping to get the flawed ACOD off the county’s current agenda and asking that affected citizens be involved in drafting any modifications to future ACOD ordinance proposals.  In addition, be ready to take action promptly, if and when a new ACOD is reintroduced; monitor the PDK Watch web site-- www.pdkwatch.org --for information and action updates; and contribute to the legal fund--F.O.R. DeKalb, Inc. (see details on PDK Watch web site).

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