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33 Comments on "Mayor announces ‘moratorium’ on Brookhaven MARTA TOD rezoning, Comprehensive Plan Review"

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Hunter Burke
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This was a good meeting, and, Mayor Jay began his portion of the meeting, [after the insultingly stupid discussion by the Carl Vinson representative] by saying the things most everyone wanted him to acknowledge. A break in the zoning re-write schedule, a re-analysis of the Comprehensive Plan, acknowledgement & dedication to solving all the infrastructure problems relative to the MARTA development, and, a slight pause of MARTA submission for rezoning. The D3 Councilman, where the MARTA development is located, was not to be found, but, nobody seemed to care. So far so good Mayor!

Janine
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So surprised Bates wasn’t there being a cheerleader for the MARTA development as usual!!!

Bates no esta aqui
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In his defense, he needs to find a school property.

Janine
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He needs to find a real job!

Lil Woolf
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Thanks to the Brookhaven Post for always providing concise information on city-related meetings, and a special thanks to Mayor Ernst for guiding Brookhaven carefully and with integrity on all issues. We are fortunate to have you, Mr. Mayor!

Jimmy
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What Lil said!

Gina
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Agreed, Hunter. John is doing what he said he would, listening to the constituents and acting on their wishes. I especially liked him making it clear tonight that he wants an “efficient and accountable government.” Music to my ears. It was delightful to be in the company of so many bright, caring, and dedicated residents tonight, advocating for the best interest of the community.

Tom Reilly
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Great tactics and strategy, Mayor John!! Keep on remembering who hired you, and why. Keep on remembering that debt and density kill. Once my schedule lightens up again[??] I’ll see all of you soon!! Many thanks for all of your work so far!!–Tom Reilly

Eddie E.
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It sure is great to finally have a Mayor with the interests of the Citizenry in the center of his focus!

FMM
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Thank you Mayor Ernst. Hopefully the entire city council will develop a spine and model your leadership and commitment to protect our neighborhoods. Bravo to all residents who have made their/our voices heard. Now, it’s no time to let up. Keep the pressure on and back the Mayor on sensible growth down the road. The groups who are pushing this insane high density developments will not go away.

El Tee
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Great news!!

Jennifer
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Our Mayor has given us a 2nd chance to participate in what we envision Brookhaven to be in the future. We have a responsibility to be active or accept what is formulated.

MARTA is slowing down the process but not stopping it so I hope you will all still attend the MARTA meeting on Thursday 6:30 pm at Cross Keys – this may be the last opportunity to voice our opinons, concerns and wants as they go back to the drawing board.

Melanie Pollard
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Congrats to Mayor Ernst, councilors, and those who have worked hard to be the true representatives of Brookhaven. This was a wise decision. I would encourage Mayor Ernst to take advantage of the new recently released GIS satellite imagery provided by the US Department of Agriculture. This is FREE and an invaluable tool in developing a sound infrastructure that includes greenspace. We had approximately 3% canopy loss between 2010 and 2013- during the years of the recession and recovery. Here’s the link to the work that was done using this same free GIS imagery by Interdev: http://interdevgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StorytellingSwipe/index.html?appid=92e117c097c4473ea33d05bafab15d42 You can turn… Read more »
Bob Sorrentino
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I’m very impressed by the mayor here. Allowing more time for a detailed analysis is exactly the right thing to do. Actions like this go a long way to rebuilding trust.

Riley OConnor
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Contrary to an opinion expressed here that the “Zoning 101” presentation by someone from CVI was a waste, it was not “insultingly stupid”. Rather, view it as “establishing a baseline” for someone at that meeting who might not know how the process works. Granted, most of the people present that night have probably forgotten more about zoning than most ordinary people know, but doing that brief presentation seems to be part of the larger approach to governance by the Ernst administration. That is, you , as a citizen, need to know how your government works. “Zoning 101” was an effort… Read more »
Jennifer
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Riley, I am the one who brough up getting the message out about the meetings. We have been litterally walking the neighborhoods to talk to the residents and let them know 1) about the MARTA development and 2) about the meetings. We have also at our own expense been putting signs in high traffic areas and flyers on mailboxes and doors. In addition we have sent out postcards and letters to areas we couldn’t get to. I have lost count of the people that have told us as we were walking the neighborhood or come up to us at meetings… Read more »
Jennifer
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To be fair – The Brookhaven Post has become my go to… Not sure how but Trey always has the scoop on what is going on so I am encouraging everyone to check the Post several times a day like I have started doing. 🙂

Champion
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I do not know about Champion, could you provide a link please.
Thanks
P.S. Loving the new Mayor!

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thechampionnewspaper.com if you want to see the required legal notices you have to pay http://www.dekalblegalnotices.com/

Elizabeth
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Riley, I completely agree. I think the “let’s all get educated together” component is really important and I applaud John for emphasizing it now and as we move forward together to create a great place to live. It was a very productive meeting and I left feeling very hopeful!

Riley OConnor
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ART
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Integral seems to be running out of money for the new development in Doraville. They had to sell off a large portion of the GM site to get refinanced. Last week Integral testified to Doraville Development Authority that no other partners have come forward to help develop that prime property and, unless the tax payers pay for it, there will be no new buildings on that site for a long long time. It is hard to believe that they will be in charge of this project in Brookhaven. Our Mayor might want to find a company with better financial backers.
Saul
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Real Estate can be in prime location, but there is a more important question that many in government fail to ask. The question is, is this land ripe for development by private developers and investors without government assistance in any way? Why does government insist on risking taxpayer dollars when a reputable developer is running in the opposite direction?

Tom Reilly
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MARTA says that it is “excited” about the new TOD project. Every time that I hear the word “excited ” used around a zoning project I get really, really nervous. People were “excited” about the Ashford Green project too. Until it was discovered that Doug Dillard and company had increased the density nearly fifty per cent over a two year negotiation period. Until it was remembered that MARTA goes most places where people DON”T want to go. Every precedent that we set here has far reaching implications on Brookhaen’s future. We live here, they don’t. –Tom Reilly
Saul
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Tom you are critical of Dillard for representing his clients while the truth is there is a D1 element applauding all development possible in Brookhaven as long as it doesn’t intrude on D1. I guess Tom is running interference for my elitist Brookhaven neighbors.

Eric Robert
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The initial proposal for Ashford Green was good, but people got worked up about Montgomery getting overcrowded (when in fact these types of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments attract few to no children. And then after raising a stink they dropped the ball and allowed the the office space to be increased dramatically in exchange for the Condo’s being dropped. The fact is the Perimeter Center has a huge shortage of housing which will only get worse when State Farm comes on line. Putting some condos/apartments in this area won’t reduce property values but will improve traffic as long as… Read more »
Eric Robert
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“Until it was remembered that MARTA goes most places where people DON”T want to go.” Statements like this are IDIOTIC! MARTA goes to the major work centers in Atlanta. Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the Perimeter Center, plus it goes to the Airport. People really need to develop more awareness.

NTM
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The only useful Marta Stops are those that are at malls. Which Marta has plenty of. The rest of the stops in and around atlanta are worthless because you have to have a car as soon as you get off the train. It completely defeats the purpose of taking MARTA . I have used this example before but if I want to go to Decatur it will take over and hour on the train with a change at 5 points. Do you know how many other cities laid out their transit like this? None. Marta is worthless on anything below… Read more »
Daily Rider
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Enter Barry White Voice:

Arts Center station, arts center station… Worthless

There should be no stops between Arts Center and 5 Points. No one gets off except the Woodward Axademy kids to get coffee. They are bus stations with a train that runs through it.

Mr. Ed
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Perhaps you would be well served from a Native Atlantan who remembers this as a sleepy little town that had explosive growth that noone saw coming. I have been to other major PLANNED CITIES where all the roads and streets have SIDEWALKS AND STREET LIGHTS and yes even lighted underpasses and bike lanes but Atlanta is NOT one of those and has been frantically playing ” catch up” for the last few decades!! Marta is NOT anything like the NEW YORK SUBWAY or other cities but you need to take into account that Atlanta is not restricted by borders or… Read more »
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