Brookhaven, GA, February 4, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s Planning Commission voted Wednesday evening to recommend two Special Land Use Permit applications filed by RaceTrac Corporation be approved by City Council. RaceTrac wants to construct a gas station at the corner of Dresden Drive and Clairmont Road.
The Special Land Use Permits are necessary for RaceTrac to sell gas, beer and wine.
Attorney for RaceTrac, Carl Westmoreland, told Commissioners the gas station use is compatible with surrounding uses and should benefit the neighborhood in cleaning up an existing abandoned facility that has been vacant for a couple of years.
RaceTrac is planning a 5,500 square foot food market and 8 gas pumps allowing for a maximum of 16 vehicles to be served fuel simultaneously. Their application explains the property is currently subdivided into two separate parcels with a total combined area of 0.94 Acres.
RaceTrac also plans to purchase the lot adjacent to the former corner gas station parcel, currently being used as a used car lot, as well as a residential lot on Manville Drive which they intend to use as a residential buffer.
Commission Members were concerned the reduction of buffers between the commercially zoned parcels on Clairmont and the residential parcels on Manville Dr. would not be appropriate. That concern led to a condition being attached to their approval. RaceTrac will need to provide a sidewalk leading to the store as well as a legal provision they will maintain a buffer for the residential parcels.
Brookhaven’s Community Development Department attached several conditions of their own, which are found on page 318 of Wednesday’s Planning Commission Agenda.
The case will now travel to the City Council for their consideration on February 23rd.