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16 Comments on "VIDEO: Planning Commission recommends City Council deny Dresden Dr. development"

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Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

I stand in appreciation of the Planning Commission for receiving the message, Community Development for their analysis and recommendation, but I stand in AWE of my neighbors and especially those that worked so hard to make their points heard clearly!

Bob Sorrentino
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Bob Sorrentino

Completely agree. Everyone on the Planning Commission had very good questions and Stan did a great job running the meeting in an efficient and balance manner. The community involvement by all the neighbors was nothing short of inspiring.

Brokenhaven
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Brokenhaven

At last, sanity prevails, so far.

A Serious Question
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A Serious Question

A serious and very genuine question for all against this development…what would you consider “smart development” for that site? The parcels in question sit at a very valuable and attractive intersection of Dresden Dr. and represent a great opportunity for future growth in our community. If not this proposed mixed-use, then what? What type of development could meet the task of both pleasing the residents of Brookhaven while, at the same time, providing the land owner with fair market value?

Bob Sorrentino
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Bob Sorrentino

I can’t speak for everyone but the most common possibilities I’ve heard would be developments like Kaleidoscope’s mixed use or Haven’s. The other possibility would be town homes like the 28 that were just approved for Dresden/Apple Valley (which was obviously economically viable for those 1.6 acres). The 60 unit/acre they are asking for is just absurd for a two lane road. Even MARTA is asking for a good bit less and they have Peachtree and a transit site to absorb the density.

bldvl89
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bldvl89
At the hearing last night, the presentation included standards established by a survey of other land use studies by the Urban Land Institute, which espouses “compact development” as a viable basis to reduce automobile dependency and greenhouse gas emissions: http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Land-Use-and-Driving-Low-Res.pdf Multiple studies identify the average ideal for “compact development” density to be 11-15 units/acre – and accomplishing that kind of density with things exactly like overlay districts. This dovetails with every parcel w/in the BPOD surrounding this development – in the CDD planning packet, they noted that the densities of the surrounding commercial development ranged from 7-12 units/acre. All of… Read more »
A Serious Question
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A Serious Question
bldvl89 — Thanks for responding. Very thoughtful and the ULI study was actually a pretty interesting read. I have to contest that the report doesn’t list the “ideal” density for this type of development at between 11 – 15 units/acre (page 9) but merely states that the three studies defined it as such “for the purposes of modeling”. I’m sure more research would need to be done to get to a real, ideal state, especially considering their conclusions for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions maxed out at a density of >12.5 units per acre (again, not sure where or if… Read more »
bldvl89
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bldvl89
ASQ – T-P’s one bonus offered to the adjoining neighborhood last night was 44 free parking spaces to the public within the interior of their building. I suppose the one benefit to the surrounding homes is to reduce street parking that exists now – though that single consequence, irritating as it may be, wasn’t at the top of the list of consequences that drove opposition to this project. I also agree 11-15 units/acre is not some magical figure set in stone, but as you pointed out, is simply the average density multiple urban land use studies thought appropriate for modeling… Read more »
Justin Owings
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Justin Owings
This is a good question and there are some good answers below. I want to make a few points though: 1 – Fair Market Value is dependent on what the land is zoned for (1) and (2) what it’s acceptable to be used for relative to the adjacent community. This latter point is incredibly important and often overlooked. Existing neighbors have property rights, too, and those rights aren’t black and white, as much as it would be easier for everyone if they were. The right to a reasonable expectation of safety on your street from drivers, the right to not… Read more »
Saul
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Saul
You make some good points, Justin. It hasn’t been long ago that a regular at the White House in Buckhead was telling me about all the grand old homes on Peachtree, West Peachtree, and other downtown Atlanta streets. He also detailed interesting information about the grand homes along Peachtree just south of Brookhaven and a story about an old mansion across from Kroger. I could swear that old man was the one that nailed that buck head outside of Irby’s store. My point is what is now changes and sometimes is redeveloped multiple times, for example, Peachtree Road from Five… Read more »
bldvl89
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bldvl89
I agree 100% – there is some serious brainpower across the entire breadth of the Planning Commission, and I thought Stan, Bert Levy and John Funny in particular asked some pointed questions that demonstrated great command of both the Comprehensive Plan and the area where Terwilliger is trying to put this complex. And I echo the gratitude to the CDD for their thoughtful denial recommendation. T-P tried to argue that CDD did not have the most updated plans – yet they waited until after the June 23 deadline for the public to respond to their amended application to make minor… Read more »
chambodian
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chambodian

that is a thoughtful and reasonable presentation. bravo!

Barbara
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Barbara

A good start, now if we could only get this decision for the MARTA TOD

Jennifer
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Jennifer
I am impressed with my neighbors! I have been working to make sure that everyone has a voice in the future of our city but that does not come without participation. If the outcome had been that no one minded the development and had spoken with the same planning and effort for it I would have been just as impressed. We are all not going to agree on everything but what we can agree on is that people who have moved in to the area and have invested time and money should have a voice in the process. We saw… Read more »
Kerry
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Kerry

Power to the People.

Janine
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Janine

Right On!

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