NCA also collaborated with the County to create a Compatible Use Overlay Ordinance that is guiding development in our community. We continue to review development plans for the area, and I hope we will continue doing that perhaps under the auspices of another community or business organization. We collaborated with the Tucker Community Improvement District (CID) to expand it into Northlake in what is now known as the Tucker Northlake CID. Even Simon Northlake Mall has joined the CID. Through this organization, additional landscaping has been installed in the I-285/Lavista Rd quadrants and a major update to the Northlake and Tucker Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Plans has been initiated. This is huge and much needed.
Information dissemination about expansion of the Tucker Community Improvement District into Northlake is underway. Three meetings have been scheduled on consecutive days in January to give business owners and managers an opportunity to attend. There will be a brief presentation at each meeting to explain the benefits and cost for joining the CID. This is a very important tool for enhancing the economic viability and stability of the Northlake business district. Please see the dates under Calendar in this website and please RSVP to:
Ann Rosenthal at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com
or call 404-245-3584 to RSVP.
Tucker and Northlake are moving forward with creation of the Tucker/Northlake Community Improvement District (CID). The Northlake CID Formation Committee, which is independent from the NCA Board of Trustees, has attended several training sessions on initiating contacts with business and property owners. The committee has also been researching the tax records of DeKalb County and other sources to identify owners and users (usually lessees) at specific addresses in the tax records. There will be several joint meetings in the future with particular sector representatives such as banking and hospitality industries. A new brochure has been created and will be available for meetings. Direct contacts with property owners will commence very soon.
The CID Formation Committee, of which this author is a member, wishes to reiterate that this effort to create the combined Tucker/Northlake CID is not in any way associated with efforts to form the cities of Tucker, Briarcliff or Lakeside (or others). CID’s can exist within or outside of cities and operate independently.
The NCA Board of Trustees and the CID Formation Committee hope all of you to have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
The NCA Board took action recently to create a Community Improvement District (CID) Formation Committee and explore partnering with the existing Tucker CID Formation Committee. Several meetings of these committees were held and both agreed to partner in expanding the Tucker CID into Northlake. The soon be re-named CID, upon approval of the County, will be known as the Tucker/Northlake CID. Materials are being developed now which will be used to help educate local businesses which will be asked to join the CID effort. This effort and CID program is not associated in any way with local efforts to create new cities of Tucker, Lakeside, Briarcliff or others.
The CID program is a tool for raising local tax funding, paid exclusively by businesses, to fund public improvements, provide security, signage, beautification and maintenance of landscaping. CID’s are eligible for major federal, state, regional and local grants and many have used locally raised CID tax income to leverage a 10 – 1 return on monies used for such improvements. That is, every dollar of CID funds can be matched for approximately 10 dollars of grant funding. For example, Perimeter CID has used CID funding to pay for the relatively new bridge over I-285, for the Hammond Drive interchange on Ga 400, and for the new diverging lane interchange at Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285. Most of the money for those improvements came from grants.
Stay tuned for updates on this exciting program to take shape for Northlake.
The Northlake Overlay Zone Ordinance is available for review. Also included is the “Tiers” map and the Northlake Development Standards associated with the ordinance. This ordinance was approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 20th, 2008. It provides a strong tool for controlling development and keeping out unwanted uses. It also has architectural, development, and signage controls.
Phase 2 of Northlake streetscape work is being designed currently by Pond & Co Engineers (see “Plans and Schedules” to see the concept plan.) A Transportation Enhancement Grant been awarded from US DOT in the amount of $475,000 plus the county match of $95,000, for a total of $570,000. Additionally, the project will receive approximately $600,000 from funds returned to ARC by MARTA (advanced to them during their financial crisis earlier this year). These funds will be used to continue streetscape work on Briarcliff Rd., Henderson Mill Rd., Northlake Parkway, Parklake Dr. and Ranchwood Rd.. Most of this loop borders Northlake Mall and only one side of these roads will be constructed at this time. Construction should begin in the Spring of, 2011.