City of Tucker Appoints Inaugural Zoning Board of Appeals

TUCKER, Ga. (October. 19, 2016) – The City of Tucker, Georgia, selected five residents to serve on its Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The board considers requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance and hears appeals regarding interpretations made by the Community Development Director. Charles “Chuck” Abbott, Keith Easterling, Chris Hartley, Pat Soltys and Neal Stubblefield were appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

“We are thankful these residents are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the City of Tucker. They make an outstanding team and will serve us well,” said Mayor Frank Auman.

Charles “Chuck” M. Abbott Jr. is a registered, professional civil engineer and is the owner of Tucker-based engineering firm, Abbott Concepts and Design, Inc. A graduate of Southern Poly Technic State University (Kennesaw State), Chuck has 18 years’ experience in civil site design in Metro Atlanta. He has lived in Tucker since 2002.

A Senior Lecturer at Emory University, Keith Easterling moved to Tucker in 2006 from intown Atlanta.  He started working in community organizations as president of an Atlanta neighborhood association and as a member of an Atlanta task force designed to revitalize Cheshire Bridge Road through zoning changes. He has also served on Emory’s Clifton Corridor Transportation Advisory Board and its Committee on the Environment.

Chris Hartley, his wife and three daughters have lived in Tucker since 2013. He has a B.A. in Communication Arts from Georgia Southern University and works as a project manager for a custom home builder whose projects are primarily located in the City of Decatur.

Pat Soltys has served her communities in many ways including elected office, economic development project committees and citizen action groups.  She is the lead listing agent for the Smoke Rise Agents Team of Realty Associates of Atlanta, LLC.  Prior to localizing her business, she was a consultant to most of the large real estate franchisors, many regional real estate companies and a number of technology companies specializing in business systems, operations and profitability. Her work includes over 300 copyrighted publications. She has lived in Tucker since 2004.

A resident of Tucker since 1990, Neal Stubblefield has been a consultant for the past 37+ years primarily in public water infrastructure – currently with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon and previously as vice president with Jordan, Jones & Goulding and national practice leader for Jacobs Engineering – working for municipal clients throughout the Southeast including, locally: City of Atlanta, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.   In addition to his roles as adult education chair and building program director at Northlake Church of Christ, he’s served as past board chair at Georgia AGAPE, present advisor to Tucker-based EIRO, and is an active member of the Council for Quality Growth.  He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

With a Zoning Board of Appeals appointed and a Planning Commission currently hearing requests, the City of Tucker is moving into its initial Comprehensive Plan development with highly professional citizen review boards in place. The Zoning Board of Appeals will first meet on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 pm at Discover DeKalb at 1957 Northlake Parkway, Suite 510.

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