Trees Atlanta 2017-2018 Planting Season

My name is Mike McCord and I am a NeighborWoods project coordinator at Trees Atlanta.  Once again, we are setting out on our mission of improving our soil, water, air, human health, community resiliency, shade canopy, and street beauty throughout Atlanta by planting FREE trees!  Here is a link to our updated NeighborWoods program   You can check out your neighborhood’s canopy coverage with this tool

We are beginning our summer planning of tree planting projects, and would love your input! These projects will take place October-March, with the rest of the year dedicated to tree maintenance.   In order to host a Saturday planting, we suggest a minimum of 40-50 trees.  We plant within the city right-of-way, which is the land immediately adjacent to the street. These street trees are the 15-gallon container size. We maintain and guarantee each of these trees for two years via watering, weeding, mulching, staking, and pest control.  Reach out to us if you know of any great spots to reforest in your neighborhood or other areas near you.  Additionally, please feel free to send us the contact information of any other interested advocates in your neighborhood.

Additionally, we have a new FREE shade tree program available for front yards on private property.  These shade trees include oaks, linden, sugar maple, beech, tulip poplar, blackgum, american elm, and bald cypress.  These front yard trees are the 30-gallon container size.  In situations where there is not enough space available (too close to buildings or powerlines), we also have a free fruit tree program that includes American and Japanese persimmon, paw paw, and Chickasaw plum.

We are more than happy to present options at your local neighborhood association or NPU meetings. Let me know, if you have any suggestions or would like to schedule a site visit with me.  We look forward to planting FREE trees with you and your community this year!

Friendly Reminder

A time and place for a public zoning meeting has been scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the La France Walk development:  Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-8 pm  at Edgewood Church at 1560 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317.. ONE received a copy of the zoning application, it’s Z-17-031 for 1359 La France Ave.

Laurie Ireland and her husband Sean will lead the meeting. Attached are the previous approved site plan, the proposed changes, and renderings for the buildings.

Accessory Dwelling Units- A New Standard?



Legislation introduced to allow accessory dwelling units (micro-housing) and to reduce the parking requirements for micro-housing.

Micro-housing exists in other large metropolitan areas including Seattle, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Boston.

The text amendment would allow micro-housing as a permitted accessory use in the R-5 District. The unit must be 750 square feet or less. The total number of units on the property cannot exceed two including the accessory dwelling unit. Except in the case of home occupations, no accessory use shall be permitted or allowed for a commercial nature. Accessory dwelling units may not be subdivided from their lot.


  • To provide for additional housing options for residents desiring to live a simple lifestyle.
  • To encourage another form of walkable urbanism which is healthy for adults.
  • To attract millennials to the urban core by offering more affordable living.
  • To allow for a different housing option that appeals to adults with no children.
  • To provide for an affordable housing option that is attainable for Generation Y and aging Baby Boomers.

There are five reasons driving the interest in micro-housing

  1. Economics: There is a lower cost of living associated with micro-housing. The smaller the house the less likely you are to pay for building and insurance costs, taxes, and utilities, making micro-housing more affordable for recent college graduates, victims of financial crisis, or retirees.
  2. Demographics: It is estimated that 26% of American households consist of a single person living alone. Demographers believe that the trend will continue.
  3. Green Living: Many who aspire to the minimalistic lifestyle believe that living in micro-housing reduces their ecological footprint.
  4. Simpler Living: Many who have adopted the minimalistic lifestyle report living a happier life.
  5. Technology: Modern technology allows the luxury of not owning some personal goods and services and allows outsourcing of items through car services, music services, laundry services, food services, and chore services.


The Zoning Review Board (ZRB) is scheduled to hold a public hearing on April 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W. For more information contact Mary Darby at or (404) 546-6724.

Ordinance- CM Hall -Accessory Dwelling Units in R5 zoning- 3-10-17.docx

Z-17-09 Fact Sheet

No More Memorials on Memorial Drive

A memorial for Ms. Barbara Crawford, killed crossing Memorial Drive

Location: Peters Food Mart
1895 Memorial Dr SE
Kirkwood, Atlanta
Date: Monday, April 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM

On Monday, March 20, a woman was killed trying to cross Memorial Drive. Her name was Ms. Barbara Crawford. She was staying with friends on Campbell Street, getting ready for a trip out of town. That night, she needed a few things from the store so she walked to the end of the street, heading towards Peters Food Mart. She was hit by a speeding car as she tried to cross Memorial and did not survive. Her death in traffic was the second this year alone on this mile of Memorial Drive.

Let’s gather to remember Ms. Barbara, share stories, and find out what we can do to make Memorial safe for the people who live here. Please bring flowers, signs, teddy bears, or candles to leave in memory, so that she is not forgotten.

All are welcome to attend.

Rally to Preserve Historic Pullman Yard and Forest

Our last chance to show developers our demands for preservation and conservation. We have lost faith in the state to demand any, so we must show the community will demand preservdation of the historic buildings and conservation of green space.

Wednesday at 11 AM – 1 PM
225 Rogers St NE, Atlanta, GA 30317-1021