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Friday, June 7, 2013

ONE DeKalb

Here is an interesting website I ran across today,  Although it contains some very interesting material on zoning and planning issues, it is also very incomplete in many areas.  It's a beautifully designed site but there is no way to tell who or what is behind it.  It's all about DeKalb County, but doesn't seem to have been created by the County. They refer to their group or organization as ONE DeKalb.  You should check it out.

From their About Us page:

DeKalb County is home to 300+ neighborhood and civic organizations. These organizations represent the County’s diverse neighborhoods and communities. ONE’s goal is to engage these organizations for the purpose of making them a viable, organized, engaged, and active voice in their community and county government. ONE is also the vehicle through which the CEO and Board of Commissioners will use to promote community engagement, facilitate neighborhood capacity-building and increase the flow of information to citizens about County departments and programs.

They have posted an interesting document titled Zoning Code Update, dated May 7, 2013, which can be found here.  Public comments were to have been submitted by June 7, 2013 (too late now!), with a Public Involvement Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 5-7pm, in the Maloof Auditorium.  Check out their Zoning Code Update page here.

As near as I can tell, the site has been around for over a year, but hasn't been very active.  It will be interesting to see how it develops in the next few weeks or months.

1 comment:

  1. "OneDeKalb" is the marketing byline for the County Government. They use it for a lot of programs, "OneDeKalb Works", "OneDeKalb Lives". "OneDeKalb: Office of Neighborhood Empowerment", "OneDeKalb Initiative, etc.

    I think it was meant to counter the divisive and dividing nature promoted by Mr. Jones. I think it is very well intended and represents the many DeKalb county employees who I have found to to be quite nice and helpful.

    That said, the DeKalb County CEO form of government seems to be a failed model, prone to corruption and concentrating too much power in the hands of one elected official.

    The County has repeatedly trumpeted "sustainability" while clearly implementing the opposite, directly competing with walkable existing cities for development.

    They are simply not very good at implementing what they market. Although in OneDeKalb we might infer it references the CEO, as "the ONE".