The Dunwoody Homeowners Association seems a group which now has inappropriate influence in city affairs. The DHA does some great things like the [Fourth of July] parade, holidays, food trucks and representing us pre-cityhood. But the DHA does not represent all of us on all city issues. I’ve seen grossly misleading influence by the DHA on the skate park construction and during my involvement with the Sustainability Commission.

DHA reps have no accountability to all citizens on the actions they take. We cannot vote them out. It is inappropriate that the DHA is negotiating real estate deals, construction design specs, site design specs, park deals and other city business that affect all of us. Some of the usefulness of the DHA has run its course now that we are a city. Their role should evolve. The city should be run by the reps—mayor and council—we all vote on. They are accountable to all of us in all parts of the city.

— Paul Lowry

2 replies on “Letter: Dunwoody Homeowners Association’s role should evolve”

  1. Mr. Lowry –
    You stated the following:
    “I’ve seen grossly misleading influence by the DHA on the skate park construction and during my involvement with the Sustainability Commission.”

    Please give specific examples. What exactly was “grossly misleading influence” during the skate park construction? Did you hear official statements from a DHA vote, or just DHA members with opinions of their own? And in my years on the voting board, I can’t remember any votes regarding any issues coming before or from Sustainability. Except possibly Joe Seconder’s request for support for bike repair stations on the trail back around February or so, and he was off the commission by then.

    The DHA has never purported to be a government, more like a group of advocates for homeowners to whatever government is in place.. Your statement about what requires accountability doesn’t add up. Perhaps you’d like to visit a meeting to find out what is discussed and how. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you at a DHA meeting. Perhaps you’d like to hear what happens first hand before stating what has or has not “run its course”.

    See you on August 14 at 7:30?

  2. Mr Lowry,
    Free Speech is just that, opinions not factual!
    The skate park was developed prior to Dunwoody’s Cityhood.
    One must asked if you have ever been a member of DHA or have attended a DHA meeting?
    DHA has a voice since the city has not been listening.

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