Revising the Variance and Deviation Ordinances

Status Update: March 18, 2021 At the February meeting we thought that the city was bringing forward the revised Variance and Deviation ordinances drafted by Ellery Sedgewick and Randie Denker, basically as they had drafted them and discussed them with the city attorney and other staff.  However, since that time the city has revised the drafts.  We are concerned because the changes will codify the deviations into the zoning code and allow developers easier access Read more…

Multi-Modal District Ordinance

Status Report as of March 18, 2021 Status: On February 10, 2021, ATN asked the City Commission to schedule an agenda item on a consultant review of the Multimodal District Ordinance (MMDO).  We requested that the commission direct staff to prepare an agenda item for the March 10 meeting regarding the consultant report and a plan for moving forward on its recommendations. The City Commission did not act at the February 10th meeting.  Staff said Read more…

Compatibility Ordinance

Status report March 18, 2021 Current Status ATN is very pleased with the ordinance.  ATN will endorse the ordinance at the Planning Commission hearing and urge the City Commission to adopt the ordinance. History In early 2019, ATN approached with City regarding concerns about the compatibility of new non-residential and multi-family development built adjacent to and across the street from existing low density residential neighborhoods.  The following summary of the City’s response is provided below.  Read more…

Updating City Ordinances

ATN has engaged in what is now a multi-year effort to update various city ordinances to protect and enhance neighborhoods, support housing affordability, and improve the livability amenities and beauty of Tallahassee. The ordinances we are working on include: Compatibility Ordinance Multimodal District Ordinance Deviations/Variance Ordinance Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Is a Neighborhood Bill of Rights Right for You?

Issue What protective rights should neighborhoods have regarding public notice of and participation in public and private development projects in or near them? Background ATN began a search for various neighborhood  protective measures following a number of situations in which neighborhoods felt they were not informed in a timely manner on development projects in or near them and/or had little or no say in how those projects could be more compatible with the neighborhoods (see Read more…

Neighborhood View: Shelter Location

ATN has not taken an official position on the City Walk Shelter. However, we have heard concerns from some of our member neighborhoods. Here’s an example from Brookwood Drive NA. February 1, 2021 Dear Tallahassee Democrat Editors: The Brookwood Drive Neighborhood Association opposes the location of the Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter managed by City Walk Urban Mission currently located at 1709 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL, which is within 1,000 feet of our neighborhood.  The Shelter is Read more…

Claude Pichard Drive Development In Question

The property in question is located at 1202 Claude Pichard Dr. in Old Town.  This home is located on a horseshoe-shaped street that consists of Claude Pichard Dr., McClendon Dr. and Devils Dip. The property currently has a 1951 single family home that is located in the middle of two individual lots. The proposed project includes tear down of the existing structure to accommodate two units on each lot for a total of four individual Read more…

Dealing with TPD on Noise Issues

Lately, we have received numerous complaints from individuals who said they have called TPD to report “noise” violations only to be told TPD cannot do anything.  This is incorrect.  While there is no doubt the ordinance is confusing, the city’s noise ordinance does have enforcement provisions for law enforcement.  Sec. 12-96. – Enforcement provides that in the event TPD receives a noise complaint, the following steps are to be taken: TPD needs to verify the Read more…

Statement by Debbie Lightsey – November 10, 2020

Final Public Hearing – Welaunee Comp Plan Amendments We are here tonight to watch the Adoption of Amendments that in other times would have been Stamped – DOA – Dead on Arrival. Denial would have been based on obvious and glaring deficiencies. The Planning Department staff, as independent professionals, would have recommended Denial, and should the Amendments have moved forward based on some political maneuvering, the Department of Community Affairs at the State would have Read more…

One Person’s NIMBY is Another’s BIMBY

With success comes criticism, not necessarily justified. In a short time, the ATN has established itself as a reasoned, powerful advocate for neighborhoods and responsible growth in Tallahassee. We’ve spoken out on a number of growth-related issues such as the Welaunee Comp Plan amendments, the proposed Midtown Garage, the proposed Myers Park land sale, and the 4Forty project’s impact to the Virginia Street Live Oak. This civic activism has prompted some to try to discredit Read more…