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City Council mulls rezoning
by Bobby Tedder
May 21, 2014 06:21 PM | 1851 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandy Springs officials are mulling a developer’s rezoning request that has come under fire by a local environmental group.

At issue is applicant JW Homes LLC’s bid to rezone the properties comprised of 0 to 110 Allen Road, 5820 to 5840 Sandy Spring Circle, 5830 to 5865 Lake Allen Lane and 5809 to 5831 Lake Forest Drive from single-family dwelling/office and institutional districts to a townhouse residential area.

During Tuesday’s Sandy Springs City Council meeting the matter was deferred to the governing body’s June 17 meeting, an expected outcome prior to the night’s discussion due to a separate signage issue.

Patti Berkovitz addressed council members on behalf of the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs.

“Our concerns [stem from] the fact that this is an environmentally sensitive site, with two streams — a wetlands and a lake — with issues about the water that runs off-site onto the Allen Road park,” Berkovitz said.

“We object and we tried to work with the applicant about the number of units — the intensity of the development on this site — particularly those units that face Lake Forrest. We believe that they are excessive and are going to bump up onto and into the 75-foot buffer … which needs to be protected.”

Director of Community Development Angela Parker said that city-proposed changes related to storm water and the like would not impact the site in question.

“All current city [regulations] would come into play on this project,” Parker said.

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