Last night, at the Northlake Community Alliance bi-monthly Board of Trustees meeting, we voted on an issue that was discussed at previous meetings – that of where do we as an organization go from here. What role remains for us to play in the changing fabric of Northlake. The bottom line is that there is little left for us to do in the areas in which we have been involved over the past 15 years. The NCA Board voted to fold it’s tent on June 30, 2015. Many of us will continue to contribute and support the Northlake area in different ways. Our board will meet at least two more times, in March and May, in order to wind things up. The board welcomes all to attend.
We, collectively as Trustees and Advisers, have had a significant impact on Northlake working together to obtain grant funding and public donations for plans and projects, to execute community events like shredding and recycle days, sponsoring many public forums and meetings on topics of interest, to assist Trees Atlanta plant and maintain hundreds of trees and other landscaping on Lavista Rd, Northlake Parkway and in the four quadrants of the Lavista/I-285 interchange. We collaborated with citizens and businesses to develop a plan for the area and we worked hard to implement that plan to the tune of about $5 million of streetscape work. (This includes the Phase 2 streetscape project which the county has indicated that the project is about ready to get underway sometime this year).
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.
NCA has, for years, urged creation of a Northlake Business Association to better serve the businesses in this area. Three of our current or former Trustees have done this and they now have about 100 members and are doing great things for the business community.
We are all acutely aware of the “Citihood” efforts which will continue to play out during this, and I believe, successive State Legislative sessions. If one or more cities is ultimately created, that will also change the area relative to authority for planning, zoning, enforcement and development review.
NCA has passed the torch of most of the planning and implementation work to the CID and have essentially worked our way out of a role in this arena. The CID and Business Association have political clout and a much greater ability to raise money to continue this work to make this a more livable, walkable and vibrant community that we all want it to be. The NCA Board of Trustees agrees that all of this is progress for Northlake and Tucker.
It has been my honor and pleasure to serve this community on the NCA Board of Trustees, and to work closely with all of you over the years. Thanks to all of the current and past members of the Board of Trustees and Advisers for your service and hard work. Thanks especially for the wonderful support of our State Legislators, DeKalb County Commissioners, and county staff. We could not have accomplished all that we have without that support. Lastly, thanks to all of you for your inspiration and many contributions toward making this the great area that it is.
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