Brookhaven, GA, May 2, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Development in the City of Brookhaven is a hot topic and often times residents find themselves out of the loop for a variety of reasons. But did you know that the City’s Community Development Department publishes upcoming Rezoning and Variance cases on-line? They do, and perusing the City’s website can help you stay in the loop, prior to an item showing up on a Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals or City Council meeting calendar.
On the City’s website, Rezoning and Variance cases are located here. For each case, you should find the application, a site plan and a Letter of Intent. Enclosed in that paperwork, residents can learn about each project, see who filed the paperwork, what their intentions are and if they contributed to any Brookhaven elected official’s campaign. One other item that is included on the application form is whether the applicant is seeking a tax abatement.
After the paperwork is filed and all of the initial documentation is complete, the Community Development Department will review them and formulate a Staff Report. The Staff Report contains the items previously submitted by the applicant and the City’s analysis of the request – including a Staff’s Recommendation on whether the item should be approved – with or without conditions – and the basis for their decision.
Prior to each Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals or City Council meeting, an agenda is published. A “line item” agenda is published to the City’s website as well as an “Agenda Packet” that includes most of the supporting documentation for each agenda line item.
The agenda packets can be very lengthy and a large file – often hundreds of pages – and are in PDF format. It is in the agenda packet that residents can find the complete “case file” for rezoning and variance cases, along with the Staff Report and their recommendation.