On September 9th, the Council adopted a resolution to transmit the plan to the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for their review.
On October 10th, Brookhaven was notified by the Atlanta Regional Commission the regional review had been completed and the GDCA found Brookhaven’s Comprehensive Plan complied with the minimum standards and procedures for local comprehensive planning.
Brookhaven Mayor J Max Davis said, “We are very excited. This comprehensive plan for me was the most impressive plan I’ve seen. It is obvious an extensive amount of work went into the plan. Part of being successful and trying to be successful is good planning. We have some good plans here and that is crucial to the future of the city.”
Susan Cannon, Assistant City Manager said, “I am happy to report we had alot of community involvement and support from the steering committees. We are very proud of the plan and we are looking forward to implementing the plan.”
Brookhaven Resident, Catherine Bernard pointed out deficiencies she says she discovered during her review of the Comprehensive Plan. She said some of the issues with the plan is that it does not include a Capital Improvement Plan and references dependencies on TAD’s that require Redevelopment Powers which citizens recently voted down.
Bernard asked the Council to reserve voting on approval of the Comprehensive Plan until the community has had more time to talk about issues with the plan.
City Manager, Marie Garrett commented, “The best thing about the Comprehensive Plan is that it is a living document. Really, it’s citizen driven and gets visited every year. It’s going to be a very valuable tool for the entire city.”
Jacobs Engineering, the creator of the Comprehensive Plan says, “This document is the result of a collaborative effort of the Brookhaven community, including community members, City of Brookhaven elected officials, the Comprehensive Plan 2034 Steering Committee, and the Planning Team, consisting of both City of Brookhaven staff and the consultant team.”
The Plan can be downloaded in its current form here: Comprehensive Plan 2034