In response to Mr. Lowry’s letter to the editor (Dunwoody Reporter, Aug 5-18):

If there has been one positive result of the City Council’s actions (however legally doubtful) against the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, it is that more people have become aware of its existence and are taking interest in its activities. The downside is, there is a great amount of misinformation driving some individual opinions.

The reality is the Dunwoody Homeowners Association is an advocate for the interests of single-family homeowners in the face of a growing and changing region with developers seeking to leave their mark and influence on our lives.

Since 1971, the DHA has facilitated an open dialogue between commercial and residential interests that is not possible in a government setting. The goal is always development that enhances residential lifestyles.

The DHA has also included advocating for its members and our community before the government, and holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. That began with the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and continues today with Dunwoody City Council.

Our Aug. 14 meeting included a presentation from attorney and Georgia Tech professor Seth Weissman, an expert in zoning law, and the issues and procedures surrounding zoning decisions. He touched upon the value of a civic group’s or homeowners association’s interactions with developers to promote mutually beneficial projects.

I would like to personally invite Mr. Lowry and anyone else to our next meeting on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the North DeKalb Cultural Center, adjacent to the Dunwoody Library.

– Adrienne Duncan, vice president, DHA

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