Brookhaven, GA – The City of Brookhaven Planning Commission met Thursday evening and approved the PC-3 Zoning for Century Center in a 4-2 Vote.
Although the Planning Commission was unable to hold their scheduled 6 PM Work Session due to a lack of attendance by enough commissioners to have a quorum, they did hold the Special Called Public Hearing at 7 PM once additional Commissioners arrived.
Presentations were made by Brookhaven’s Community Development Director, Susan Cannon, and Highwoods Properties, VP, Jim Bacchetta.
An energetic crowd of approximately 50 attended. Many citizens voiced their opposition to the rezoning. One citizen questioned the similarities between the conditions of the annexation request by Highwoods Properties to the Staff Conditions in the rezoning, objections to the speed in which the process is taking place, why the city does not have to submit a site plan which is required in a site specific zoning classification such as PC-3, concerns over storm water management and flooding, and the general implications of the rezoning to the surrounding communities. Some also made comments that the Planning Commission did not have enough information to formulate an educated opinion.
Other than one citizen who said he had not made his mind up whether he supported the rezoning, there were no citizens who attended to speak in favor of the City’s petition for PC-3 zoning of Century Center.
Although he called into question the substance of the City’s rezoning petition – calling it incomplete and lacking items that the zoning code required – Commissioner Jack Honderd made the motion to approve and Commissioner Shannon Cameron seconded it. The vote went with Commissioners Schmidt, Honderd, Cameron, and Funny voting Yay – with Hess and Francour voting Nay.