You may have noticed the big yellow signs like the ones along Tilly Mill Road and Womack Road referring to a public hearing about a variance to the stream buffers in that area. A stream buffer is an area along a water body or wetland where development is normally prohibited in order to protect the integrity of the stream, ecosystem, and habitat. It’s that area next to a stream that is covered with vegetation and slows down water runoff preventing erosion and helping to filter out debris and pollutants.
Did you wonder or not if this variance issue might affect you? It might if your house is downhill from other houses in your neighborhood, if you have had recent construction in your area, if your yard has ever been flooded, if you are near a creek or a pond, if you have had an erosion problem, if you like to go fishing—if there is a stream you are concerned about.
Public hearings for the variance requests will be held in early July. If you want to know more about stream buffers before that, there is a forum coming up at the end of June that you can attend.
The Dunwoody Sustainability Commission is holding one Thursday June 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall in the council chambers. All are invited to come and learn about the use and importance of stream buffers from a panel of experts representing the Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission and Atlanta Home Builders.
The forum will discuss some functions of stream buffers: erosion protection; intercepting sediments, pesticides, nutrients and other pollutants; bank stabilization; prevention of floodplain encroachment; flood mitigation; habitat protection and requests for variances.
Wildcat Creek runs behind Dunwoody Nature Center. Come to the forum to learn how riparian protection of this beautiful creek keeps it a Dunwoody community treasure.
The public is invited to attend Dunwoody Sustainability Commission meetings and input is invited at the end of each meeting. The Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the city council chambers, 41 Perimeter Center East. The Commission members are appointed by the Dunwoody City Council. For more information about the Sustainability Commission, visit the city website at dunwoodyga.gov.