Brookhaven, GA, June 14, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s District 3 Councilmember Bates Mattison will hold two community meetings regarding a controversial traffic calming proposal for the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood this week. The proposal, which residents of the adjacent Brookhaven Fields neighborhood say will only divert one community’s issues on to another, involves the installation of more speed bumps and the partial closure of three of the five access points to the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood.
More specifically, the proposal suggests partial closure of Standard Dr. and Thornwell Dr. by way of making them right-in only from North Druid Hills Rd. Access to Oglethorpe Ave. from North Druid Hills Rd. would also be restricted by right-in right-out only access. Also in the plan is a round-about at the intersection of Colonial Dr. and Oglethorpe Ave.
A traffic study was performed in Brookhaven Heights shows the volume of cut-through traffic, particularly along Colonial Drive, Standard Drive and Thornwell Drive, is an issue. To address the issue, City Officials say Brookhaven Heights Civic Association representatives discussed possible solutions with their neighborhood, a plan was prepared, and a petition was circulated to the 415 affected residents. 66.5% of respondents said they approved of the traffic calming measure – only 65% is required by the city.
Supporters agree the proposal might not be perfect, but something has to be done, “and something is better than nothing.” They say it is unsafe to walk around their neighborhoods, for their kids to play in the street or bike around, and they want something done about it. “We followed the City’s direction and we followed the process,” said Giles Stevens, Brookhaven Heights Community Association President. Those in Brookhaven Heights neighborhood who oppose the proposal say they appreciate the efforts of their neighbors, but this plan is not a plan they can support because it does not actually solve the issues.
Residents from adjacent neighborhoods said the plan would do nothing more than move the volume of traffic in Brookhaven Heights to Brookhaven Fields, and a more holistic solution should be considered for at least neighborhoods in the same Comprehensive Plan Character Area such as Brookhaven Heights and Brookhaven Fields. They say these should be considered together – incorporating the real problem, Peachtree Rd.
Last week, Councilmembers voted to delay a decision on the proposal until their July 12th council meeting after Mattison made a motion. “I represent all of the people who are for this and those that oppose this. I promise you I will have at least three meetings on this before it is brought up again,” he said.
The first community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall (First Floor Incubator Room) located at 4362 Peachtree Road; and Thursday, June 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Clack’s Corner, 1410 Cartecay Drive (Rain location: City Hall Incubator Room).
More information on the proposal can be found here.