NDHRA Guidelines for Developers

This document outlines the procedures and standards that the North Druid Hills Residents Association (NDHRA) expects of developers in our neighborhood. It supplements, not replaces, County Codes and Ordinances. We will use these guidelines to evaluate and monitor all development projects.

By publishing these guidelines, members of the NDHRA - individually and jointly - publicly assert our Constitutional rights to the quiet enjoyment of our established quality of life in this neighborhood and the safety and security of our homes. We will do all we can to protect and enhance our property values and the high quality of life we enjoy here.

I. Who We Are

NDHRA represents a large, mature single-family residential neighborhood, developed with respect for the natural environment, occupying the Fern Creek watershed, with complementary development along perimeter streets.

  1. Boundaries
    • The NDHRA neighborhood is generally bounded by North Druid Hills Rd., LaVista Rd., Clairmont Rd., and I-85. Fern Creek ridgelines roughly follow Clairmont Rd. and North Druid Hills Rd.
    • Our area of concern includes all properties within those boundaries plus all other properties that impact our neighborhood, including properties on both sides of the boundary streets.

  2. Natural Environment
    • The majority of land within the NDHRA area drains into Fern Creek, which runs through the center of the area northward from LaVista Rd. across Briarcliff Rd. under I-85 into Peachtree Creek.
    • Topography and geology is widely varied, with significant differences in elevation.
    • Tree cover is abundant and varied, including many significant and specimen trees, providing habitat for important wildlife populations.

  3. Built Environment
    • Traditional single-family housing predominates the interior of the neighborhood, with other land uses along the boundary streets.
    • A balance has been established between the character and density of development and the capacity of the service infrastructure for water, sewer, gas, streets, and communication systems.
    • We enjoy a useful mixture of land uses throughout the area -- residential, commercial, institutional and office.

II. General Principles for Development

We will look first to the general principles outlined in this section for guidance when reviewing proposed developments. Developers are advised to keep these principles in mind when contemplating any project in our neighborhood. (The specific standards for different land uses as listed in Section III will be used to evaluate the details of each project.)

  1. Protecting Environment
    Protection of the existing natural environment is of highest priority, and developer proposals and plans must demonstrate commitment to this principle.

  2. Compatibility
    • With existing land uses, densities and services:
    • Mass, height, etc. in proportion to adjacent development
    • Impact upon infrastructure network and capacities
    • Appearance and architecture of buildings
    • Established property values
    • Natural features and topography

  3. Blending In
    Integrate into and become part of our existing neighborhood structurally, socially and esthetically.

  4. Enhance Neighborhood
    Support and contribute to the continued function and value of this area as a residential neighborhood of great desirability.

  5. Competency
    Developers proven to be responsive to neighborhood concerns will be favored.

  6. Traffic Concerns
    Development plans should address traffic congestion and safet