Author: Dyana Bagby

Barbecue and butterfly events gain special city of Dunwoody support

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual Butterfly Festival is now considered a premier event by the city while the inaugural Rotary Club of Dunwoody’s Community BBQ set to take place in September is now a signature event. The primary difference between the two: premier events receive free police security and traffic control while signature events pay the city for half the cost for police and traffic resources. The Butterfly Festival celebrates its 25th year on Aug. 11 and has become a popular event attracting more than 3,000 people with 200 volunteers, according to DNC Executive Director Alan Mothner. “We’re not...

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Latino outreach specialist resigns from city of Brookhaven

The city of Brookhaven’s bilingual public engagement specialist, whose outreach specifically included the city’s Hispanic and Latino communities, recently resigned amid an outside review of the communications department. Claudia Colichon, who was hired last June, gave her notice May 18 and her last day at Brookhaven City Hall was June 1. Her duties included attending and promoting city events and activities. Because she also spoke Spanish, she conducted outreach to Latino communities, specifically residents living along Buford Highway, and translated city guides and news releases. For example, last year she represented the city at community meetings for Park Villa...

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Dunwoody founding City Council member Adrian Bonser dies at 60

Adrian Bonser, a member of Dunwoody’s first City Council, died Friday, July 20, at her home in Dunwoody. She was 60. Bonser had metastatic breast cancer after first being diagnosed with cancer in 2009, according to her obituary. Bonser joined the board of Dunwoody Yes! in early 2008, to advocate for incorporating the city, and became the first woman to serve on the City Council. She served from 2008 until 2014 and during much of that time was being treated for cancer. State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), who served on the first council with Bonser, said he remembers when...

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Large-scale ‘Master Planned’ districts proposed in Brookhaven’s new zoning code

A new “Master Planned Development District” system for Brookhaven’s zoning code rewrite would allow developers to submit ideas that don’t fit into conventional zoning ordinances in exchange for public benefits. The idea is to allow developers to be innovative and creative when coming up with a project and to “accommodate development that may be difficult if not impossible to carry out under otherwise applicable zoning district regulations,” according to the draft code. Such developments would likely target redevelopment along Buford Highway where aging apartment complexes are being eyed by developers and where unusual lot sizes exist. The Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA...

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City to unleash debate on dogs in Brookhaven Park

Brookhaven Park at the corner of Peachtree Road and Osborne Road with its acres of grassy fields has, over the years, become a de facto off-leash dog park for residents and dog owners living throughout metro Atlanta. But that could be about to change as city officials continue to hear complaints from residents upset about dogs running loose in a park they want to visit for a peaceful stroll or to have a picnic lunch. The City Council is expected at its July 24 work session to take up the issue that has been burning almost since day one...

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