Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association

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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:15 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    As our residents and business owners begin to return, there will undoubtedly be a myriad of issues and complaints. The City of Savannah Government asks that all such issues be directed to 311. We have additional personnel staffing the 311 call lines to address an increase in call volume.

    It is important that we track and document all of our efforts to clean-up from Hurricane Irma for the FEMA disaster declaration and reimbursement process and 311 is the method for allowing us to do so.

    You may call or fill out the online 311 form and upload photos. Follow this link >>…/311…/311-Service-Request-Form-36

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 3:57 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association Board is shaken and saddened by the tragic loss of a Board member, dear friends and neighbors, Catherine and William Byron Cocke. Mr. and Mrs. Cocke have been active in not only the Downtown Neighborhood Association but also countless other civic organizations. The Savannah community has lost a shining light in this beautiful couple and while our hearts are heavy, we ask for prayers for their surviving five children and encourage that the media respect the family’s wish for privacy. Our support is unwavering and those closest to the family are committed to helping them in whatever capacity needed in this difficult time.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:12 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, August 17, 2017 through Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities. If a DNA member is applying for a Board or Commission, please send a copy of your application to so it can be determined if a Letter of Recommendation is needed from the DNA. 

    CIVIL SERVICE BOARD. Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six-year (6) terms by City Council. Basic function is to hear appeals from disciplinary action against an employee when it is alleged the action is taken for political or religious reasons. The labor Seat should be filled by someone who is not a management-level employee: this person does not have to be a member of a labor union. Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years. No term limits. One (1) term available for appointment

    DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY. Five (5) members, including Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to 4- year terms by City Council, as well as a member of Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature. Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area. One (1) term available for appointment.

    ETHICS BOARD. The board will hear and conduct review of complaints filed against elected officials of the City; if such complaints involve impropriety of elected officials and violation of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance, and if such violations affected the elected official’s ability to carry out his/her official duties. Members shall be known for their personal integrity. The Mayor shall appoint one (1) member; the Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member; together the Mayor and Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member who shall be an attorney in good standing with the State bar. Members must reside in the City and not be an elected official or City employee. Board members shall be prohibited from engaging in City election, political activities, and from making campaign contributions to candidates in City elections during their terms as board members. Members shall serve a four (4) year term. Three (3) terms available for appointment.

    HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW. Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one small business owner with an architectural background. Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District. One (1) term available for appointment.

    PARK AND TREE COMMISSION. Nine (9) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms by City Council. Must be a City resident. Term Limit: No member may serve more than three, consecutive three year terms. Charged with directing the activities related to the planting and caring for parks, squares, grass plats, trees, and flowers of the city. Four (4) terms available for appointment.

    PENSION BOARD: Eight (8) members, including one member of City Council and two residents appointed to ¬overlapping four-year (4) terms by City Council; also serving are the City Manager, the City’s Chief Financial Officer and three employee-elected representatives. Administers the City of Savannah Employee Retirements Plan. One (1) unexpired term available for appointment.

    SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION. Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council. Eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities. Two (2) terms available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS. Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council. No term limits; City resident. Members cannot hold public office, except for one appointee who must be a current member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Board hears and rules on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and hears and rules on requests for permits which require the board’s approval. One (1) term available for appointment.

    TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE: The Traffic Calming Committee shall consist of nine (9) members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen. The term of office for each member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be three (3) years. A member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall not serve for more than two consecutive, three year terms. The members of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be a demographically broad representation of the community in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in Traffic Calming. Committee members must live in the City limits of Savannah. Appointments can come from any district. One (1) term available for appointment for: DISTRICT 6 representative.

    Applications can be found on the City’s website: Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 17, 2017.

    NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Friday, September 15, 2017. (CLOSING DATE)

    Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

    For further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council. Telephone 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email –

  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 8:15 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Despite some misgivings, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted in support of new short-term vacation rental restrictions.

    Read the full article here >>

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:02 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association's annual Holiday Tour of Homes features exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. This intimate tour experience allows guests to look “behind the doors” at some of Savannah's most beautiful private residences, festively decorated Historic Inns and culturally significant Museum homes.

    Click here to purchase tickets

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

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

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