In the coming months the Historic Designation Committee will be actually defining a potential Candler Park Historic District based on ALL the input we have received thus far. Aaron Fortner is reviewing the recent Worksheets about various regulatory topics we discussed at the recent Community Meetings and if/how those could be addressed in draft regulations. We will also engage the City staff in our first draft of potential regulations so that when we bring the first draft to the neighborhood for review and input, it will be a realistic plan. Proposed boundaries and a historic period will be defined as well. The committee and Aaron will present drafts to the neighborhood for review. Further discussion and input both online and in public meetings will likely result in several rounds of revisions.
Ultimately, the Neighborhood will vote on whether or not to submit the final draft of a Candler-
Park-specific Historic District to the City. Right now we hope to vote on submitting a proposed historic district, the end of Phase II, between August and October.
Why are we still talking about this??
The goal of this phase of the conversation is to get to a point where we have a Candler-Park-specific Historic District proposal to vote on. Because no two historic districts are alike, and Atlanta's take on historic district has evolved significantly in the last few years, the end product may not be what one expects from the idea of a "historic district." For that reason we encourage everyone to keep up with the progress we are making as we as a neighborhood to draft a potential plan for our neighborhood's future!
Updates will always be posted here, through CPNO Meetings and candlerpark.org. You can also sign up to be on our mailing list as well.
The Worksheets that accompanied the 4 Community Meetings in the fall have been closed but below you will find the "raw data" for the worksheets, sans personal information. These worksheets were not designed and will not be used to determine if respondents want a historic district or not despite a campaign to "write-in" that sentiment.
This data will be used to determine how to draft our initial potential Candler-Park-Historic-District-specific regulations and provide guidance to the City during the Zoning Rewrite whether we become a historic district or not.
This is not the last chance for your input! We will be drafting regulations and revising them over the coming months. We will have presentations and PUBLIC MEETINGS for reviewing regulations. All drafts of regulations will be posted on this website.
Meeting 1 Companion Survey - 209 completed responses
Sept. 7 - How it works: Zoning and Historic District Rules
Responses in Excel Spreadsheet
Meeting 2 Worksheet - 114 completed responses
Oct. 5 - Sidewalks, Setbacks, Building Heights
Responses in Excel Spreadsheet
Meeting 3 Worksheet - 132 completed responses
Oct. 19 - Architectural Style, Porches, Siding, Fences, etc.
Responses in Excel Spreadsheet
Meeting 4 Worksheet - 121 completed responses
Nov. 9 - Lot Coverage, Parking, Density
Responses in Excel Spreadsheet
The Community Meeting on November 9 was exciting as we delved into how allowable density could be increased on detached house-type lots in Candler Park. Aaron Fortner outlined the current zoning regulations that affect the buildable space on R-4 and R-5C lots and provided numerous examples of ways additional dwelling units could be added. The illustrations were particularly helpful and can be found in the Slides for Meeting #4.
This was followed by breakout sessions both on Zoom and in person where neighbors talked about the right level of density, based on lot coverage, building height, parking and public transportation both now and in the future. Affordability came up in several contexts such as, given current pricing how can density be affordable? Aaron told us that, with the price of land and construction, affordability can be made possible either through public subsidy or through smaller units.
In discussing and answering the Meeting #4 Worksheet, neighbors got to consider and discuss what they would be willing to give in order to get more of what they want. Candler Park residents have a lot of different opinions. Whether our core values lean toward increasing density, protecting tree cover, or preserving older buildings, the discussion really got people thinking about how we may be able to work together to achieve multiple goals as we plan for Candler Park's future.
Some examples of ways density could be added to typical detached house lots in Candler Park. Full Slides Here.
Because the Meeting 1 Companion Survey and Worksheets from Meetings 2 and 3 are still open, no one has analyzed the results from these meetings, however, there has been some demand to see the preliminary results, so below you will find links to pdf files, besides the fact that we have not had a chance to look at these results, some are incomplete, tests, or duplicates, keep that in mind when reviewing.
Companion Survey 1 - there are a few testing results here that have not been deleted. Due to the confusion, especially at the beginning, many are incomplete and some may be duplicates, this will lead to misleading percentages.
Worksheet Meeting 2 - several incomplete worksheets, question format contributes to mutually exclusive answers which have not been accounted for, possible duplicates which have not been edited out (or combined if able to confirm)
Worksheet Meeting 3 - several incomplete worksheets, question format contributes to mutually exclusive answers which have not been accounted for, definite duplicates which have not been edited out (comments will be combined once confirmed)
We want to hear from YOU!
If you have not yet taken these worksheets, we encourage you to do so! It is helpful for most of these to look over the pdf slides from the accompanying meeting, slides and worksheets for each meeting can be found on the Meeting Materials page. These worksheets will help inform what Candler Park Residents want for the future of their neighborhood whether we become a historic district or not!
Upcoming topics for the October 19 and November 9 Community Meetings are below. Note that these topics are subject to change.
Density (what we want and whether we want that to be covered by a potential historic district or not) will also be covered on November 9.
The Historic Designation Committee hosted the first of 4 meetings on Thursday September 7, at First Existentialist Church and on Zoom. The meeting covered some general Historic District education topics, a brief overview of Candler Park’s development, and explanations of what our zoning regulations currently cover.
Below are Q & As from the meeting, answers have been edited for clarification but full audio and video of the meeting is available as well as other Meeting Materials.
HISTORIC DISTRICTS and PROCESS
Q. What is the relationship between a National Register Historic District and a Local Historic District?
A. Candler Park is listed as a National Register Historic District. Listing on the National Register is a primarily recognition/documentation of the historic value of a place and offers no protection on its own. Protection for historic properties through regulations comes at the local (city) level through the designation of local Historic Districts. Local Historic Districts are both documentary and regulatory, used as planning tools to preserve the historic identity of a place.
Topical Community Meeting #1 - September 7, 2023
Thanks to everyone who came out for a great meeting last night!
Meeting Materials and audio/video have been posted on the Meeting Materials Page
We hope everyone will fill out the Companion Survey whether you were able to attend or not although it may make more sense after you have reviewed some materials, such as the slides below or the audio/video of the meeting.
Thanks for bearing with us getting used to our first hybrid meeting -- if you have any suggestions for improving meetings in the future you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to a family emergency the Historic Designation Committee regretfully has to RESCHEDULE the Community Meeting PLANNED FOR TONIGHT.
This meeting topic will be discussed Sept. 7 instead.
Thank you for understanding, revised Meeting dates as we know them are being updated as we speak, all links and other information will remain the same.
At the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meeting on Monday, August 21, the official voting results are that the Historic Designation Committee motion passed 133 in favor and 106 opposed, with three abstentions. The motion that passed was for CPNO to provide an initial $5,000 to the Committee and up to an additional $15,000 matching funds the Committee will raise.
Thank you for supporting our request for partial funding from CPNO. We appreciate your support of this important conversation and are excited to get down into the details!
You can also help! We still have $15,000 to raise to meet our goal and fully fund this process.
CPNO members voted in March to support moving forward with “a 10–14 month inclusive process to engage Candler Park residents and work with a consultant to define and draft proposed regulations for a potential Candler Park Historic District.” The result of the vote was 62% in favor with a record 239 members voting.
To engage the neighborhood as thoughtfully and as thoroughly as possible, the Committee is raising money for a third-party consultant, Aaron Fortner, to continue to lead this process over the coming months. Aaron’s expertise in planning, historic designation, and working with communities is incredibly valuable to us. He also worked with Candler Park in 2013 to create the Candler Park Master Plan and has been working with the neighborhood and the Historic Designation Committee since spring 2022 on the first phase of education and engagement.
The Committee has a fundraising goal of $35,000, based on Aaron Fortner’s $29,000 estimate for his time working with the neighborhood through the end of this project. It is, obviously, important and responsible to have dedicated funds to pay Aaron for his work.
In order to carry out the tasks voted on in March:
We are asking for CPNO to donate $5,000 with an additional donation of up to $15,000, matching funds raised by the Committee. The Committee is committed to raising $15,000.
Help fund this initiative by making a donation for this effort through the Candler Park Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)3 organization.