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  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:58 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The City of Savannah debuted a new Open Neighborhoods website, a searchable map of Savannah neighborhoods that citizens can use to learn more about neighborhood organizations, aldermanic districts, and information on area amenities. The purpose of Open Neighborhoods is to increase neighborhood awareness and civic engagement.www.savannahga.gov/OpenNeighborhoods

    Map users are able type an address into the “Find My Neighborhood” search bar to identify the neighborhood’s name, active organization, and neighborhood representative contact information. Residents are encouraged to contact the published neighborhood representative about getting involved in their neighborhood organization.

    Residents who live in a neighborhood that does not currently have an active community organization or neighborhood association are encouraged to create one by contacting the City of Savannah’s Community Planning and Development Department at 912-651-6520 to get started.

    Utilizing the map’s “Near Me” tool, users are able to learn more about various neighborhood amenities including public parks, bikeways, community centers, grocery stores, libraries, CAT bus stops, and schools. The “Find My Alderman” tool allows map users to identify their aldermanic district and obtain contact information for their City Council representative.

    “This website is a great way for neighborhoods to better communicate with each other and the City to share resources. It’s also great tool for people who move to Savannah or move to a new neighborhood,” said Community Planning and Development Director Kerri Reid

    Open Neighborhoods was developed by the City of Savannah in cooperation with SAGIS. The interactive map can be found at www.savannahga.gov/OpenNeighborhoods.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:35 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Savannah Downtown Business Association calls special meeting to discuss solutions for gun violence and public safety on Wednesday, July 19th from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center. Downtown Neighborhood Association members are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public however pre-registration is encouraged to ensure adequate seating. Register at SavannahDBA.com.

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 4:03 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) stands behind our Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department​, the City Manager's office, Mayor and Aldermen on the issue of Public safety. We know that you join us in our outrage over another senseless act of violence. DNA is deeply committed to work together to get the additional officers we need, state of the art surveillance and continued community outreach and youth development programs.

    We applaud the fast response and professionalism of the officers that were in the immediate area. http://www.wtoc.com/story/35812243/shooting-leads-to-police-pursuit-deadly-crash-overnight-in-downtown-savannah


  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 4:00 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


  • Sunday, July 02, 2017 4:30 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


    Visitors are instantly charmed upon discovering that Savannah - our Landmark Historic District - is a REAL city. Thanks to the Oglethorpe Plan, we have a city where people live, work and play. The proliferation of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) threatens the very fabric of our neighborhood. This is not a resort. This is a neighborhood. And most importantly this is our HOME. This neighborhood matters - not just to the citizens who live here - but to the future success of all of Savannah.


    How many STVRs are there?

    In the last several years, Savannah has gone from having only a couple hundred STVRs exploding to the current number of 978 with the majority located within the downtown neighborhood. More than 796 of those are whole house transient lodging. The numbers are growing so rapidly, the City has had to hire additional staff to keep up with the administrative demands.


    STVR owners might lose their right to rent out their home?

    Not true. No one currently owning an STVR is in danger of losing the use. As a result of Grandfathering: in the State of Georgia, properties, such as an STVR can continue the use indefinitely as long as the new owners reapply for a permit within the specified time frame after change of ownership.


    I don’t understand why neighbors are bothered…

    Some neighborhoods – soon perhaps your neighborhood – are being hollowed out by the proliferation of STVRs.  There are numerous blocks in the Landmark Historic District now with more STVRs than full time neighbors. Neighbors are being replaced by transient guests – week after week - you don’t know who will be temporarily next door. Neighborhood safety is enhanced by neighbors knowing and looking out for neighbors. Already tight parking becomes tighter, more trash is generated, and the neighborhood dynamic is often disrupted.

    What about zoning?

    We must use community zoning to ensure that our Landmark Historic District residential neighborhood remains a neighborhood.  Losing our residential historic community will irreparably damage Savannah’s business and tourism community as well.  We must protect the jewel that is the Oglethorpe Plan, and our residents. It’s what people come to see and experience. An authentic, living city, not a contrived theme park.


    What is the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) doing about this?

    The DNA has submitted a proposal to the City of Savannah urging for a cap of 15% of non-owner occupied STVRs (whole house) properties per ward, and unlimited owner-occupied STVRs. With owner-occupied STVRs, the primary purpose of the property remains residential and there is additional oversight with the owner on premises.


    Why does the DNA care so much?

    The DNA’s mission is to enhance the quality of residential life in the Landmark Historic District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies which support these objectives. That is exactly what we are doing in our efforts to help develop reasonable controls on the proliferation of STVRs. Connecting our history with the real life of today is one of the unique features of Savannah. It must be protected.


  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:20 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE COMPLETE LETTER HERE



  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:02 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


    Please see attached PDFs for updated maps.  Be reminded:

    • Each parcel has a Property Identification Number (PIN)
    • PIN is one attribute of a parcel
    • Parcels only have one PIN
    • Parcels with multiple STVR certificates have been captured with this data
    Map 1-STVR parcels vs Total Parcels.pdf
    • There are a total of 978 STVRs on this map
    • Map highlights percentage of STVR
    Map 2-Non-commercial STVR Parcels vs Total non-commercial Parcel.pdf
    • There are a total of 764 STVRs on the map
    • When pulling non-commercial parcels out of the data set, know this is data based on a layer in the Board of Assessors based on their classification system.  
    • It only includes properties that are residential and historic; commercial and institutional parcels have been removedMap highlights percentage of STVR

    Map 3-Total Number of All STVR Units per Ward.pdf

    • There are a total of 978 STVRs on this map
    • Map highlights the # of STVR

    Map 4-Total Number of Non-commercial STVR parcels vs Total Non-commercial parcels.pdf

    • There are a total of 764 STVRs on the map
    • When pulling non-commercial parcels out of the data set, know this is data based on a layer in the Board of Assessors based on their classification system.  It only includes properties that are residential and historic; commercial and institutional parcels have been removed
    • Map highlights the percentage of STVR
  • Monday, June 12, 2017 6:30 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    REMINDER: The next series of meetings on short-term vacation rentals will be held TODAY, Monday, June 12 at the Civic Center, Musgrove Room at these times:

    Administrative Enhancements: Monday, June 12, 1:00 PM
    Managing Growth: Monday, June 12, 2:30 PM


  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:52 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)


  • Thursday, June 08, 2017 2:45 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    [Position Statement concerning short term vacation rentals from National Trust for Historic Preservation]

    We understand that the City of Savannah will be holding a hearing in the coming days on short term vacation rentals. I want to share the attached position statement of the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Short Term Vacation Rentals in historic districts and neighborhoods, to help the city in its consideration of this issue.

    All the best,
    David Brown

    David J. Brown | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PRESERVATION OFFICER
    P 202.588.6227 F 202.588.6082

    NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
    The Watergate Office Building 
     2600 Virginia Avenue NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20037
    SavingPlaces.org



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Savannah, GA 31412

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