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Join us for Arbor Day 2018

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It's that time of year again!  We'll celebrate Arbor Day this Saturday at 9am, by planting trees and sprucing things up at McCord Park.  This is always a fun event and there are chores for all ages and strengths.

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Season’s Wishes to Betton Hillers

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I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the truth of a saying that is common this time of year: “good things come in small packages”. I was sitting at our campsite’s picnic table waiting for the day to clear. A goldfinch zoomed in, landing upside down on a round seed pod hanging in a close-by sycamore tree. He started to pluck at the pod foraging on the tiny seeds and accidentally releasing a squadron of delicate seed paratroopers to their fates in the light breeze.

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ADU Vote Shows Why Our City Needs Our Help

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The Concept

Anyone who’s married has come to realize there’s usually more than one way of looking at a problem and what needs to be done about it.  Anyone who’s in a successful marriage knows that solving the problem usually involves some give and take, some collaboration, between the spouses. 

How does this pearl of marital bliss relate to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and city government?  Read on my friends.

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Bike Rally on November 18!

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Come together for a neighborhood bike ride on Saturday, November 18, 10am at McCord Park (Armistead Road side).  All ages and abilities welcome!  We will enjoy each other's company and celebrate our neighborhood as a perfect center for cycling, running and walking.

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): The View from Betton Hills

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Sorry, this is a long article . . . sometimes an issue just doesn’t fit into a soundbite.  This is one of them.  The article presents the vote results and interpretation, additional information regarding ADUs, and the BHNA’s intentions for improving the proposed ordinance and integrating ADUs within Betton Hills.

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): Good for Betton?

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The City would like make it easier for homeowners to build/use Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).   ADUs are frequently called mother-in-law cottages, caretaker house, etc. 

The BHNA is seeking your position on ADUs so we can determine a neighborhood position to present to the city commission.  Please read the article, then write your comments on the Betton Hills Facebook Group or email me at mbrezin@comcast.net.

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Old Willis Dairy: Responsive Governance in Action

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Should a commercial establishment be allowed in a neighborhood?  In this case, it’s the Old Willis Dairy, now an event venue.  Should it be allowed to continue operations within the neighborhood of Betton Oaks?  Recently, the City Commission suggested that a Planned Unit Development (PUD) type of zoning be pursued, a decision that nearby neighborhoods and the Willis’ can consider an example of responsive governance. 

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