Brookhaven, GA, December 1, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s Planning Commission will consider four rezoning applications as part of the process to annex an area known as the Woodcliff area during their December 7th Meeting. In October, the City of Brookhaven received and is currently processing an annexation application for residential properties located east of I-85. The properties are on the north side of North Druid Hills Rd., bordered on the east by Briarcliff Rd. and properties along Tullie Circle to the west that are part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta complex.
As with any annexation, when new properties are added to the City they must be rezoned to a zoning classification officially recognized in Brookhaven’s municipal code designations. Some the properties are already zoned with the same classifications they will have if annexed by the City. For those, the Planning Commission will merely go through the process of deciding whether to accept those designations and whether to recommend City Council do the same.
Two of the parcels in the proposed annexation area, 1705 & 1721 Woodcliff Drive, are currently single family homes and zoned as such. Those parcels were and still are proposed for redevelopment into 9 townhomes (See concept rendering above). The zoning necessary for that development will also be contemplated by the Planning Commissioners.
Brookhaven’s Community Development Department has prepared a Staff Report that recommends the all of the rezonings on the agenda be approved, with conditions. The conditions state any development of the subject property will be in accordance with the standards of the RM-85 or the RA8 zoning district in which they are situated. Any previous conditions of zoning or variances imposed by DeKalb County will also be in effect and will be implemented on the properties. Any such DeKalb County and City of Brookhaven imposed conditions shall be interpreted and enforced by the Director of Community Development.
When considering annexation petitions, the City of Brookhaven is required by law (OCGA 36‐36‐35) to initiate and provide a report analyzing the impact adding to the City’s footprint and population would have on service delivery. That report is officially called a Service Delivery Report.
The City has determined while looking at the services Brookhaven provides now – Parks, Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, Roads and Street Maintenance, Stormwater and Police E-911 – the City concludes the annexation would not adversely impact service levels currently provided to City residents, and furthermore, the same levels of service could be provided to the residents of the Woodcliff area. And, Brookhaven would not have to add to its service delivery or administrative staff should Councilmembers approve the annexation request.
Certain services, such as Water and Sewer, Sanitation and Recycling, Animal Control and Fire Protection are provided to Brookhaven residents by DeKalb County via an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). Those services are also currently being provided to the Woodcliff area today and DeKalb would continue to provide those services.
The annexation request is utilizing the 60% method, whereby a minimum of 60% of the electors comprised of property owners and stakeholders, agree to join the City of Brookhaven. Councilmembers did an initial review of the application during their Wednesday, November 9th Work Session, and noted they were approached by the Woodcliff area – nothing that the City initiated.
In preparation for the annexation application submittal to Brookhaven, petitions were circulated throughout the Woodcliff Annexation area. The results of the petitions show strong support for joining Brookhaven. There is no commercial included in the annexation request.
The City Council is expected to take up the annexation application during their December 13th Council Meeting.
The December 7th Planning Commission Meeting will take place at 7:00 PM at City Hall located at 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319.
The full Planning Commission Agenda Packet can be found here.