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Brookhaven Planning Commission supports zoning map changes
by LaTria Garnigan
July 29, 2014 09:52 AM | 2339 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Brookhaven Planning Commission voted to recommend adoption of an official zoning map, which includes three amended properties, to the city council.

At last week’s meeting, the commission heard from Michelle Alexander, director of planning with Pond and Co., about the updates to the ordinance.

Brookhaven adopted a zoning map from DeKalb County Jan. 15, 2013, said Director of Community Development Susan Canon. She said the city and the public noticed discrepancies, and the city decided to do an audit with plans to readopt the zoning map.

“We’ve done everything to perfect this map to the best of our ability,” said Canon.

Of the 14,000 parcels, 980 had to be corrected, said Alexander, and the information also had to be imparted into data form. At the meeting, there were three parcels left to vote on: 1050 Lenox Ave., which changed from R75 to RA5; 2484 Appalachee Drive, which changed from R60 to R75 and 2136 Havenwood Trail, which changed from R85 to RM85.

As part of the motion, Canon said those three parcels would be included in the vote for the map, which will be transmitted to city council for a vote.

Commission member John Funny wanted to clarify that the public was duly notified of the changes.

“Let’s make certain residents are fully aware of what’s about to take place because it could change matters relating to their property,” he said. “I would hate to have citizens come up and say they didn’t know about it. Canon assured the commission that residents were notified, especially those property owners of the 980 parcels that were changed.

The commission also heard from Amanda Hatton, project leader from Jacobs Engineering, about the Comprehensive Plan 2034. The commission did not vote for a recommendation, but instead used the meeting as a public hearing. Hatton identified 13 character areas of the city, which each have a unique development perspective: Perimeter Center, Lakes District, Blackburn Park Neighborhood Center, Lynwood Park, Historic Brookhaven, Osborne, Peachtree Corridor Overlay District, Ashford Park/Drew Valley, Brookhaven Heights/Brookhaven Fields, Lenox Park, Briarwood Park, Roxboro and Buford Highway Corridor.

The next public hearing is set for Sept. 3, with tentative city council adoption Nov. 18.

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