Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA  31412
912.236.8362


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  • Monday, November 10, 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TRAVEL AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH
    VETERANS PARADE TO REDIRECT TRAFFIC
    Traffic will be redirected on numerous downtown streets Tuesday, November 11 for the 2014 Veterans Day Parade.

    Traffic will be halted on all streets from Park Avenue to Hall Street -- between Drayton and Habersham streets -- beginning at 6 a.m. Parking will be allowed on only one side of all side streets in that area.

    Parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m. on the route itself: Abercorn Street from Park Avenue to Liberty Street; Liberty from Abercorn to Montgomery Street; Montgomery from Liberty to Broughton Street; and Broughton from Montgomery to East Broad Street.

    The parade route itself and side streets along it will be closed to traffic at 9:45 a.m. and the parade begins at 10 a.m.

    The parade is expected to disband on East Broad between Broughton and East Hull streets about 1 p.m. and traffic will be allowed as soon as possible after the last entry passes an intersection.


  • Friday, November 07, 2014 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Your Ward Captain will be in touch to inform you of your Square's decorating plans. Your Ward Captain will pick up the materials from Carlstedt's the week of Thanksgiving.

    Please note the following important dates and information: 

    DECORATING

    • Decorations should be completed on or by Saturday, December 6, 2014.
    • The City of Savannah has set decorating standards and provided DNA with a comprehensive guide. Click here to download. It's important that these standards are followed.

    EXTRA/NOT ENOUGH?

    • If you have extra materials, please contact Amy Brock (communications@savannahdna.org) in order to redistribute to other squares in need. Additionally, if you do not have enough, let Amy know and if excess is available from another Ward, we will make arrangements to get it to you. You may also call 912.236.8362 and leave a message.

    REMOVAL

    • Removal must be complete by Saturday, January 3, 2015.
    • When taking materials down, if preferred, please collect in lawn bags and place on north or south end of square for retrieval by City.

    Email the DNA Ward Captain Chair, Nick Henry with any questions.

     

  • Friday, October 31, 2014 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to Precinct Commander, Ben Herron, there has been a significant decrease in auto break-ins during the month of October. Herron says,  "It appears that our combined efforts are paying off!"

    Here's an analysis put together by Herron and his team:

    Download the PDF REPORT >> Historic District _ Entering Auto.pdf

    Thank you to our Public Safety Committee and volunteers for all of your hard work throughout Crime Prevention Month and our Lock It or Lose It initiative!

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Re:  Concours d’ Elegance/Savannah Speed Classic

    The annual Concours d’Elegance/Savannah Speed Classic will be held next weekend.  During the day on Thursday, October 23, race cars are test driving their vehicles.  They will then proceed to City Market at 5:45 p.m. and be departing for Hutchinson Island at 8:00 p.m.

    Starting on Friday, October 24, through Sunday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the event will be taking place on Hutchinson Island.

    Please note, you may experience noise from the engines during this time.  The City is being proactive in working with the event organizers to ensure that no engines start before 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Additionally, a quiet time has been established for Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    If you have any concerns, please contact event organizers at 843-785-7469 (ext. 1) or the City at 912-525-1500.

  • Friday, October 10, 2014 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO), the transportation planning organization for the Savannah urbanized area, is requesting the public to review and provide comments on proposed amendments to the FY 2015 - 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is the short-term programming document that lists transportation improvement projects to receive funding in the next four years. A report providing details of the proposed TIP amendments will be available for review by October 15 at the Chatham County public libraries and other public review agencies. The report is now available for review at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office and on the MPC website at http://www.thempc.org/transportation.htm. Any changes to the report will be posted on the website as well.

    Written comments on the proposed TIP amendments will be accepted until close of business on October 29, 2014.  Please send your comments to Wykoda Wang, Metropolitan Planning Commission, 110 E. State Street, Savannah, GA 31401, or via email at wangw@thempc.org.
     
    CORE MPO will host two public hearings for the proposed TIP amendments in October 2014 in conjunction with the CAC and CORE MPO Board meetings. Meeting times and locations are listed below:
     
    CORE MPO Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting
    October 16, 2014
    5:00 p.m.
    MPC Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing Room
    112 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401
     
    CORE MPO Board Meeting
    October 29, 2014
    10:00 a.m.
    MPC Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing Room
    112 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401

     
    For a complete list of public review agencies or additional information regarding the proposed TIP amendments, please call (912) 651-1466.
     
     

  • Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    DNA President John Buckovich has stepped down as of Sept. 30, 2014 from his leadership role to concentrate on other efforts within our community. He remains a vital part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and will be an advisor for the Public Safety Committee Chair and Committee as time permits.

    In compliance with DNA's bylaws, Vice President Melinda Allen is acting as Interim President as our Nominating Committee reviews candidate choices for appointment. Immediate Past President, Hank Reed is serving as DNA's Presidential Advisor during this transition.

    Email VicePresident@SavannahDNA.org with any questions.

    View the latest DNA newsletter here.

  • Friday, October 03, 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PUBLIC SAFETY DOWNTOWN
    The Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) launched it's "Lock It or Lose It" initiative. Lock It or Lose It is a public safety awareness campaign reminding residents and visitors to lock their vehicles and bicycles.

    Residents should start to see the awareness signs placed throughout the downtown neighborhood. DNA Volunteers are going to door-to-door delivering a Public Safety Update to each mail slot.

    Public Safety Update Flyers
    Public Safety Committee volunteers are going door to door to deliver Downtown Savannah Public Safety Update flyers to each mail slot/box. Most will be delivered on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8. SCMPD officers have offered to accompany our volunteers as they deliver the flyers to greet neighbors. Please say hello if you see these volunteers on the streets!

    Lock it or Lose it Signs
    You should have already started to see these signs around the downtown neighborhood. More will be placed in tree lawns and high traffic areas to remind neighbors and visitors to lock it up!

    If you notice a sign that has been damaged or needs some attention, email Crimewatch@SavannahDNA.org and a volunteer will come retrieve or replace the sign.

    Nextdoor.com
    DNA is pleased to partner with Nextdoor.com's online community where neighbors are currently sharing real-time crime and safety information. To connect, to our free, secure community, click here. Our community is known as "Savannah Historic District".


  • Friday, September 26, 2014 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Short-Term Residential Rental UPDATE:

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA), together with the Tourism Leadership Council (TLC) has continued to have our dialog to discuss the concerns of both organizations related to short-term residential rentals and the proposed ordinance.

    This letter shares our mutual declaration of support for the ordinance as written.

    For questions about this, contact DNA Vice President, Melinda Allen.

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association was recently contacted by a PhD student in the Architecture Program at Clemson University. She is doing her Thesis on development in downtown Savannah. She is seeking the help of residents through a very comprehensive survey. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and there is an additional opportunity for participation if you are interested! (Some of you are very knowledgeable and passionate about Savannah's architecture and economic development!)

    If you have the time and interest, please consider taking the survey---- The DNA will receive a copy of the final reporting at the conclusion of the project which we will share here.
    ---------------------
    From the Researcher:
    The purpose of this study is to learn more about resident opinions of development in downtown Savannah, GA. Results of the survey will be used to help planners, economic development officials, and academic professionals to gain a better understanding of how to improve and better serve you and your community.

    http://clemson.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV...

  • Monday, September 15, 2014 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DNA's follow up letter on Short-term residential rentals was delivered to the Mayor's and City Manager's offices today.

    Download here: Downtown Neighborhood Assoc Follow up letter STRR - 9.15-2014.pdf

    September 15, 2014

    Mayor Edna B. Jackson
    City Manager Stephanie Cutter

    2 East Bay Street

    Savannah, GA  31401

    Mayor Jackson and City Manager Cutter,

    As a follow up to our June 24, 2014 letter, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) has continued to research what other cities across the nation have adopted in regards to short-term residential rentals (STRRs).  Attached is a synopsis of information that we feel will be helpful as you review and decide on the proposed ordinance.  We have included the original documentation as well, should you wish to review the data.  

    As stated in our original letter, DNA will support the proposed ordinance with the following revisions:

    Sec. 8-3205(a) Residential Use Standards

    • 1.     Text should read PERSONS
    • ·       The ordinance currently reads ADULTS, which makes it legal to have as many guests as you can fit under the age of 18, in addition to the 2 adults per bedroom plus 2.  
    • 2.     The TOTAL OCCUPANCY should be limited to eight (8) people
    • ·       If a property owner would like to rent to more than eight people, the business should be classified as an Inn and subject to all life safety regulations and management.
    • 3.     DENSITY MANAGEMENT

    Precedence of density measures in other cities:

    • ·       Limit total number of certificates available for issue.
    • ·       Limit to no more than one STRR per block face, which is the area between two parallel streets, the avenue and the lane.
    • ·       Distance of 500 feet between STRRs.
    • ·       Percentage of total residential property no greater than 5%. 

    Please understand, the DNA is not suggesting a ban on STRRs, which many cities with a similar makeup to Savannah are pursuing or have done. What we are asking for is some measure of density control to mitigate the effects of STRRs in our historic Landmark District.  

    We currently have wards that are greater than 50% STRRs.  In the Landmark Historic District alone city officials and industry professionals are estimating that there are several hundred STRRs.  The large and growing amount of these rental properties changes the neighborhood feel to an unmonitored hotel distributed across the city.  

    In addition, a proliferation of STRRs removes much needed affordable housing as well as long-term rental housing and drives up prices for local residents looking to rent.  

    Definition of “Owner Occupied”: 

    An owner occupied property is one where the person providing a portion of their residing property parcel, such as a garden apartment or carriage house, for an STRR is a full time resident in another dwelling on that property parcel or directly adjacent to it.

    Onsite Owners (“Owner Occupied”)

    • ·       Onsite owners would be exempt from the certificate cap and/or other density controls, or have preferred status when applying for a certificate.
    • DNA feels there should be special consideration for onsite owners who are full time residents of Savannah based on their Homestead Exemption status.

    We are requesting the City complete a full review of the ordinance, and its impact, six months after it has been adopted.

    The DNA encourages the City of Savannah to continue in this proactive and positive step that this ordinance takes to balance tourism with the preservation of the historic neighborhood fabric of the Landmark District, by developing a Tourism Master Plan.  Short-term residential rentals undoubtedly affect the essential character of a neighborhood and the stability of a community. Short-term tenants have little interest in public agencies or in the welfare of the citizenry. They are here today and gone tomorrow without engaging in any activities that weld and strengthen a community. DNA urges you to develop a plan that looks comprehensively at the nature of tourism in our city and its impact on the City of Savannah and the Landmark Historic District.


    John Buckovich,                                                                                                                

    President                                                                                                                             

    Downtown Neighborhood Association 

                                                                      

    Cc:            Savannah City Council Aldermen

    Bridget Lidy, Director of Tourism Management, City of Savannah

                      Daniel Carey, Historic Savannah Foundation

                      Thomas L. Thomson, Metropolitan Planning Commission

                      Maurice Norman, President, Victorian Neighborhood Association

Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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