Brookhaven, GA, July 13, 2016 – By Jen Heath, Contributed – I’ve spent countless hours and hundreds of dollars coordinating and advocating for smart development – and fighting off bad ones – in Brookhaven since before the City’s inception. I’ve learned that the best way to protect and enhance our community is through thoughtful zoning and community development policies and codes. And the best people to have input on these decisions are those that live in and are most affected by the decisions.
For a variety of reasons, we have gotten off to a bumpy start with our zoning and community development policies and codes. This has led to unbridled redevelopment and confusion for our zoning and planning commissions. It resulted in thousands of residents adversely affected, angry and spending tons of hours fighting rezoning applications and/or worried about what could pop up under the current codes.
We residents now have an opportunity to set the City on the right track with the City’s Character Area Study with kickoff meetings happening on July 14th and July 19th.
A few meetings spent working with my fun neighbors on the policies for our neighborhood that will influence where and what growth will occur? A few meetings to save me tons of time and trouble fighting for years to come? Sign me up! A few meetings to ensure that the City I love stays lovable? Sign me up!
And I hope you will join me. Because if you haven’t been affected by the City’s growth like my neighborhood, don’t think that you have anything to worry about. It’s coming. Take the time and effort now to shape our City’s future before it is too late.
If you can’t attend on July 14th or 19th, visit www.BrookhavenCharacterAreaStudy.com to sign up for future meetings about your specific neighborhood.
Jen Heath is a Brookhaven Fields resident who runs WeAreBrookhavenGA.com, a site dedicated to sharing information about zoning and development issues in Brookhaven, GA.