Brookhaven, GA, June 6, 2016 – The Post Reports – City of Brookhaven Councilmembers will consider approving a contract Tuesday, in the amount of $83,250.00 with Sycamore Consulting who, if approved, will conduct a study of the Character Areas included in Brookhaven’s 2034 Comprehensive Plan.
The Character area Scope of Work includes a series of workshops and/or charrettes that will be facilitated by the consultant. Each meeting should provide an educational component to the general public on the City’s comprehensive planning process efforts to date and strategies on how to refine the existing policies/recommendations identified for each character area. The consultant will have an ultimate goal of ensuring involvement from the community through a facilitator-guided process, leading to the development of the final character area recommendations.
The process will involve the consultant holding two separate series of meetings. According to the City, the first series comprised of a minimum of 3 meetings, will be more of an overview of the City’s comprehensive planning activities to date. One key focus will be on the goals of the character area planning project including what items will be addressed and those that will not.
The consultant will also be responsible for educating the residents on the purpose and the intent of comprehensive and long-range planning. During this series of meetings, residents can sign up to participate in the second, more specific individual character area series of meetings.
During the second series of meetings, a minimum of 10, residents that signed-up during the first meeting series will again be provided an overview of the City’s comprehensive planning process to date and the goals of the character area planning project, including the purpose and intent of comprehensive/long-range planning.
For each area (or set of areas), there will be two meetings. The first to identify resident concerns with the existing implementation strategies found in the Comprehensive Plan and to begin to identify recommendations on how to enhance those strategies as they relate to maintaining, preserving and enhancing the character of existing single-family residential neighborhoods. A second meeting should be held to finalize the specific recommendations from the resident group. A spokesperson that resides in the area should be identified from each area (or group of areas) to present the findings and final recommendations with the consultant to the Planning Commission and City Council.
The City’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted in December of 2014 and was last amended in May of 2015. According to the City, the Comprehensive Plan 2034 documents the long-term vision for Brookhaven’s future. “The plan is built from the ground-up, with the community’s desires and goals for the City’s future as the basis for the implementation program that follows,” says the Comp. Plan preamble. “The long-term vision for Brookhaven is to be a model community that preserves what makes it great—including its people, neighborhoods, parks, tree canopy, and accessibility—while acknowledging its role as a premier community within the Atlanta Region.”
The Character Area Map identifies 13 unique areas of the city. Of those, 8 are residential in nature and 5 are community activity centers of varying intensity envisioned as central locations for jobs, entertainment, mixed use, and a live-work-play environment. (See map below)
The City says that while the Comprehensive Plan document provides certain character descriptions, vision statements, and general implementation strategies, additional review and recommendation/policy development is necessary for each area to “further maintain, preserve and enhance the character of existing single-family residential neighborhoods.”
The City will meet Tuesday, June 7th at City Hall, located at 4362 Peachtree Rd. to decide whether to vote on contract approval. The project is expected to last 6 months after the contract is awarded and work is expected to begin in July.