Brookhaven, GA – The City of Brookhaven Planning Commission met Wednesday at Brookhaven’s Municipal Court to hear a case whereas Eric Masaschi of Ryland Homes sought to rezone 1424, 1428, 1432 Sylvan Cir.; 2396, 2400, 2404 Coosawattee Dr., to create a 7-lot single family detached residential development.
Rex Bray, representing Planners and Engineers Collaborative told the Commissioners that there were clearly issues with the property and he wanted to defer the case. “We’re requesting deferral so that we may meet with neighbors, meet with staff to work out any issues in order to develop the property,” said Bray.
There was question as to whether the Planning Commission should hold the Public Hearing due to the fact the applicant asked for deferral and could perhaps see changes to the plan.
Community Development Director, Susan Canon said that procedurally the Commission was required to hold the Public Hearing and that they could not defer case, only the City Council could defer it should they decide to do so, when the case hits them. It could potentially be returned to the Planning Commission depending on the City Council’s direction.
The Public Hearing therefore took place with several citizens sharing their concerns about the impact this development would have on their properties, community aesthetics, flooding, traffic, impact to animals and plants and asked the commission to deny the rezoning request.
In preparing the case for the Planning Commission to hear this case, the Community Development Department concluded that the request to rezone from R-75 to R-A8 to develop a 7-lot single-family residential subdivision, would not be consistent with the established policies of the Comprehensive Plan for the Traditional Neighborhood Character Area and would also not be compatible with the established residential uses found in the area. Therefore, the Community Development Department recommended DENIAL of RZ13-13 as proposed.
After considering all the information presented, public comment and input from the applicant, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny this request.
Next stop, City Council, where they will decide the next steps for this development.
This item will appear on the agenda for Tuesday, December 17th at 4:30 PM at Oglethorpe University.