NPU-V Townhall & Solidarity Walk

Join us as we come together for an NPU-V Townhall and Solidarity Walk.

We will be discussing our elected officials’ response to our NPU-V community demands and steps for advancing our community. We will conclude with a solidarity walk to Wendy’s for prayer and fellowship over our community and for the family of Rayshard Brooks.

When: Friday, June 26th @ 6pm
Where: Four Corners Park (1040 Crew Street SW Atlanta, GA 30315)

Seating is limited so please bring a chair!

Facebook link:

City of Atlanta Planning Office Updates

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders. Apologies for the multiple emails today. I wanted to send you information on a few things today, and I hope that you will share with your members as appropriate:


As you may know, the City is in the process of updating the Development Impact Fee Study and Ordinance for the first time in over 25 years. (Impact Fees are a one-time fee on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development). The community is invited to take part in the public engagement period that ends with a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. When we posted this on social media, there was a lot of confusion about this project, so I invite you to review the website, review the attached overview, and if you have any questions, please ask. The most frequently heard concern was that this is a fee assessed to residents. It is not.

In addition to the attached overview of the proposed update previously shared, feel free to complete the survey and/or visit the Impact Fee Update website.


We’ve talked quite a bit about bylaws over the past few months, haven’t we? In hindsight, I realize we should have scheduled this class for June and next year we will. As a reminder, bylaws are due into DCP no later than September 30th and anyone who resides, owns property, or has a place of business in the NPU can vote on bylaws without any restrictions. NPUs are not required to amend their bylaws, but you are required to approve them annually. Considering what we’ve all learned in the past few months, you’ll probably agree that at least one amendment is in order.  The Bylaws Clinic will review important recommendations for your bylaws, and identify problem areas. Of course, we’ll also talk about recommended amendments in light of present conditions (Covid-19). Please attend this class or invite your Bylaws Committee Chair to attend. This will really help us avoid issues and problems in September. The class is open to neighborhood groups and other residents as well. As with all NPU University classes, registration is required. Please register here: For questions, please contact Samantha at 404.546.0158 or


I regret that I cannot offer an update on BZA, ZRB, LRB, APAB or any other board at this time. As soon as I know something, I will let you know. As a reminder, we are following best practices as it relates to credit for attendance at APAB (pertaining to your requirements for grant eligibility), which means that all members will be given credit for attending cancelled meetings since we cannot know whether they would have attended if a meeting was held.


Today you received an invitation to the beta version launch of our NPU Dashboard (flyer attached). Please be sure to share this widely. We’re really excited to be able to share this with you and walk you through how to use it. As you may know, we have worked really hard on this over the past year (special thanks to you who participated in the focus group to help us make improvements), so being able to share it with you is definitely a highlight for us. And once we get it up and running, we’ll be moving on to our next big idea! You can register to attend the Dashboard launch here.

As always, if we can support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all you do for Atlanta.

Kindest regards,

 Leah LaRue, Registered Mediator

Assistant Director, Neighborhood Planning Units

Virtual Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting on Monday (6/1)!

Please join us for our monthly Mechanicsville Civic Association meeting, the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM. The meeting is normally held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, but will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Please use the following information to join our next meeting:

Meeting ID
Video access:
Phone Number: ‪+1 916-750-3329‬
PIN: ‪354 787 388#‬

Agenda will be as follows:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of previous minutes (March meeting)
  4. City Reports
    • City Officials
    • Elected Officials
  5. Presentations (if applicable)
  6. MCA Officer Reports
    • President’s Report
    • Vice President’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Committee Reports
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

See you there!

Mechanicsville Public Safety Forum TOMORROW (5/21) @ 5:30PM

Good afternoon everyone!
Sorry for the late notice on this, but I’m sure you are all aware of the public safety challenges we’ve been experiencing in the neighborhood for several months now. To be honest, these have been ongoing for several years now, particularly as it pertains to shootings. We’ve been working hard to ensure that our neighborhood is getting the support it needs to ensure our residents are safe, but we strongly that there’s much room for improvement. With that said, in light of the fact that Mechanicsville Civic Association hasn’t been able to have an in-person meeting for a couple of months now, we have decided to host a community public safety forum TOMORROW (5/21) at 5:30 PM. I apologize for the late notice, but it’s been difficult coordinating availability for the public safety and elected officials that we’ve invited to attend.
You can join the forum here:
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM
Meeting ID
Phone Numbers
‪+1 419-746-0734‬
PIN: ‪627 687 732#‬
As always, please come armed with your questions, comments, and concerns!

SXSW Candidate Forum TONIGHT

The SXSW Candidate Forum is a joint initiative of NPU-I, NPU-S, NPU-T and NPU-V. The forum is an opportunity to hear the positions of GA House Candidates from District 56 and 57. The forum is a non partisan enterprise. All qualified candidates were invited to participate. Each candidate will be asked the same questions and given the same amount of time to give answers. Questions will be submitted by members of the participating NPUs.

Register by clicking this link:

How to Lower Your Property Tax Virtual Workshop

Greetings NPU Chairpersons,

My name is Charnette Trimble, Executive Director of Grandmama’s House located in Southwest Atlanta (NPU-S). Daniel Vasquez, NPU Program Coordinator for the City of Atlanta suggested that I contact each of you directly about our upcoming workshop.  I am hosting a How to Lower Your Property Tax Virtual Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am.

In this free workshop, Stacey E. Reynolds, Staff Attorney of Atlanta Legal Aid Society will share valuable information about Fulton County Property Tax Exemptions and Appeals. Welcoming remarks will be made by LISC-Atlanta’s Executive Director, Dale Royal.

I would appreciate it very kindly, if you were to distribute the flyer link below to all your NPU Members so they can become empowered homeowners. Registration is required for this online event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Workshop Details:
How to Lower Your Property Tax Virtual Workshop
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am
Flyer Link:

Nicholas House COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Families

Good morning!  Here is updated information on Nicholas House’s emergency assistance program and how to get help to share with NPU-V and Peoplestown.

With the support of the Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund and other funders, Nicholas House is providing emergency rent, utilities and food support to families in the Stadium Neighborhoods (Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Grant Park) and Metro Atlanta impacted by COVID-19.  Information is below and available in more detail in this flyer—please share with anyone who may be able to benefit!

Nicholas House Prevention Assistance Email:

Nicholas House Prevention Assistance Line: 404-789-5626

Services are for families only. Applicants must have at least 1 child ages 0-17 in their household. Applicants should provide their name, phone number, County or city limits they live in and should specify the type of assistance needed. A case manager will respond promptly.

These resources are also available at

No Mechanicville Civic Association Meeting This Monday

Mechanicsville Civic Association was originally supposed to meet on Monday, May 4, but this meeting is now canceled. Separately, NPU-V was scheduled to meet on Monday, May 11, and that meeting has also been canceled. From my understanding, the License & Review Board, the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and Zoning Review Board meetings are also canceled for May. Please continue to stay safe everyone!