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  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:21 PM | Anonymous

    Update from City of Savannah Tourism Office on Short Term Residential Rentals • September 10, 2014 via email to DNA Vice President this evening:
    The number of short-term residential rentals, commonly referred to as vacation rentals, has grown within our community.  The City of Savannah will be proposing regulations to better manage this use during the Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2:00PM, City Council Chambers of City Hall.

    The proposal includes a zoning text amendment defining short-term residential rentals, designating permitted zoning districts as well as establishing parking and occupancy standards.  A companion ordinance is also part of the regulation and will require property owners to obtain a short-term residential certificate ensuring guidelines are in place to protect our neighborhoods and provide fairness within the industry.

    The Council agenda for September 18 will be posted on the City's website by Friday afternoon and will include a public hearing and first reading on the proposal.  It is anticipated that the October 2 Council meeting will have a second reading and Council vote.

    Attached is a copy of the report from MPC pertaining to the zoning text amendment along with the proposed ordinance. [Go here to view/download] Please note, modifications were made to the ordinance based on State Code [O.C.G.A. 36-35-6] which prohibits fines for ordinance violations in excess of $1,000.  These changes will assist with enforcement and provide the same penalties for lodging accommodation not in compliance with tax requirements.
    A drop in session has been scheduled for Friday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sub-basement of City Hall for individuals to meet with City staff on the short-term residential rental proposal.  

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association encourages downtown resident attendance at the City Council Meeting and Public Hearing on September 18th at 2 p.m. as well as this Friday's special drop in session from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Apologies for the short notice, but DNA was only notified of this opportunity this evening.)

    Here are the various documents or go to:
    MPC Reccomendation:

    Proposed ordinance outlining short-term residential rental certificate requirements & regulations

    Proposed example of owner/occupant agreement to address quality of life concerns

    Proposed code compliance verification form

    If you are unable to attend, email City Council. Contact information may be found here:

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    A public hearing will be held at the regular meeting of City Council, on Thursday, September 18 at 2PM in Council Chambers of City Hall for MPC’s zoning text amendment recommendation and the proposed ordinance regulating short-term residential rentals. 

    Listed below are the components of the short-term residential rental efforts:
    Additional information on compliance is listed below: Click here to read DNA'S position on Short-term residential rentals.

    Have an opinion? Write to City Council. Click here for contact information. Please attend the Public Hearing on Thursday, September 18 at 2 p.m. if you are able.
  • Saturday, September 06, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Gather your neighbors and head over to Revival Fest at the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Saturday, September 20th!

    Downtown Neighborhood Association members receive 20% off of General Admission tickets by entering the code: DNA when they check out online:

    Revival Fest takes place Saturday, September 20th and features the best in Southern Music including 14 bands from 7 southern states and featuring Savannah local bands Waits & Co, Velvet Caravan and Sweet Thunder Strolling Band.

    • -Broad mix of Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, New Orleans style Brass, Southern Rock and more...
    • -Roberto Leoci's new restaurant Pacci, is doing a Pig Roast at the festival as well as hosting a VIP Event and private concert the night before the festival on September 19 at The Brice Hotel.
    • -Kids under 10 are free
    • -The festival runs from noon until 11pm. Re-entry is allowed
    • -No coolers but plenty of food and beverages available. Lawn chairs and blankets are aok.
    • -Featuring local craft brews from Southbound, Service Brewing and more...(old school coca-cola in glass bottles as well as other non-alcoholic drinks)
    • -Signature Revival Fest Bourbon Cocktails from Ampersand
    • -Local art and artisan vendor booths at the Revival Fest Marketplace
    • -On site T-shirt and poster printing
    • -Art Rise Savannah will be doing spin art on old vinyl records
    • -Valet Bike service from Savannah Bike Campaign
    • -Parking at the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual & Performing Arts 649 West Jones Street Savannah, GA 31401
    • -Event takes place in the old Paint Shops at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, and adjoining grove.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:24 AM | Anonymous
    Residents can provide input on Grayson Stadium, the Savannah Sand Gnats and the prospect of a new multi-purpose stadium downtown as part of an online survey launched today. The survey was created by C.H. Johnson Consulting as part of a study the company has been contracted to complete exploring the feasibility of a new multi-purpose stadium downtown.

    The survey can be accessed at

    Historic Grayson Stadium was constructed in 1926, and has undergone a series of renovations and improvements over the years, the most recent in 2007. The Savannah Sand Gnats owners would like to pursue the construction of a modern stadium in the downtown area. City Council approved the feasibility study to investigate the cost and impact of a new stadium, as well as the option of upgrading the current location.

    The study is expected to be complete around the end of September.

    Take Survey Here
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    The proposed zoning text amendment for short-term residential rentals will be presented to the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) on Tuesday, August 5, 1:30PM during their regularly scheduled meeting. Visit the MPC website for the agenda which will be posted on Friday, August 1.
    Once MPC has made their recommendation, the zoning text amendment will be advertised for 15 days prior to being heard by City Council.  The goal is to present both the zoning text amendment and proposed short-term residential rental ordinance to City Council after this has occurred.

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

    I encourage all residents of the Landmark District to join the over 37.8 million neighbors across 16,124 communities in celebration of the 31st annual National Night Out scheduled for Tuesday August 5, 2014.
    Participation is easy!
    You can show your support of this event by leaving your porch lights on during the evening of August 5.  It’s something every resident of the Landmark District can do to discourage crime not just on National Night Out but every night.

    John Buckovich
    Downtown Neighborhood Association President
    and Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    Savannah Children's Choir End of Camp Concert
    Friday, July 25
    The Lucas Theatre
    Tickets available at the door.

    • This concert is sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association •

    Enjoy the end of camp concert from the Savannah Children’s Choir, an auditioned community choir with a mission of uniting Savannah’s children through the power of song.

    There is a $5 minimum suggested donation for entry to this event. The box office will open at 6PM before the show.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    July 2014
    The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO), the transportation planning agency for the Savannah urbanized area, is requesting the public to review and provide comments on a report titled: Draft FY 2015 - 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The draft report includes descriptions of highway, transit, transportation enhancement, as well as other multi-modal projects in the Savannah area programmed to receive funds in fiscal years 2015 to 2018. This notice also serves as the public notice for Chatham Area Transit Authority’s (CAT’s) federal grant projects. Copies of the draft TIP are available for review at the Chatham County public libraries, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office, the MPC website at, and other public review agencies.
    The comment period will start on July 23, 2014 and written comments on the Draft TIP will be accepted until the close of business on August 26, 2014. Please send your comments to Wykoda Wang, Metropolitan Planning Commission, 110 E. State Street, Savannah, GA 31401, via email at, or through the MPC website at Any updates to the draft document will be posted to the MPO website at
    CORE MPO will host two public hearings to answer questions and accept comments on the draft TIP in conjunction with the August 2014 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and CORE MPO Board meetings. Meeting times and locations are listed below.
    CORE MPO Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting
    Thursday, August 21, 2013
    5:00 p.m.
    MPC Arthur A. Mendonsa Hearing Room
    112 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    CORE MPO Board Meeting
    Wednesday, August 27, 2013
    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, additional information regarding the draft TIP, and information regarding the public hearings, please call (912) 651-1466.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Savannah Public Information Office released the following today from Mayor Edna Jackson.

    Download here.

  • Monday, July 14, 2014 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Community Meeting
    Tuesday, July 15
    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Con Ed Resource Center
    714 MLK Jr. Blvd. - 3rd Floor

    5:00 p.m. - Open House
    6:00 p.m. - Presentation

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

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

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