Brookhaven, GA, January 3, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven is proposing an amendment to their Zoning code which would limit the maximum residential density permitted in Sub-Area II of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District to 30 units per acre. The proposed code amendment (See below) and associated density limitations will not impact land use petitions currently under consideration; however, will address future requests until the Overlay District Rewrite project has been completed. A Special Land Use Permit may be authorized by the City Council to exceed the residential density up to a maximum of 120 units per acre, however.Sub-Area II of the Overlay District (see map below) includes the Dresden Dr. corridor that has been ground zero of new mixed-use development proposals since Brookhaven’s incorporation. The amendment, prepared by City Staff, will be contemplated by the City’s Planning Commission during their January 4, 2017 meeting.
Commissioners will also contemplate during the January 4th meeting, a proposal by Developer CONNOLLY who aims to construct Dresden Village inside the Sub-Area II Overlay District. This controversial mixed-use development is comprised of 169 apartments and 10 for-sale townhomes sited on 3.73 acres along Dresden Drive, between Caldwell Road and Parkside Drive. The plan also includes Dixie Moon, a new concept by local restaurateur Scott Serpas.
A “bonus” 5th story is being sought by CONNOLLY along Dresden Dr., an extra story they say they are entitled to because the requirements allowing it have been met in their site plan. (Read more about that here)
But in order for any of the Dresden Village development to take place as planned, the City must allow the entire site to be rezoned to PC-2. Currently the project parcels are zoned with a mixture of NS, PC-2, & O-I. The proposed density of that project is 47.98 units and would not be affected by the newly proposed code amendment.
Brookhaven Staff has recommended Approval of the Overlay Sub-Area II code amendment, and Approval of the Dresden Village project with Conditions.
The Planning Commission Meeting will be held at City Hall located at 4362 Peachtree Rd. at 7:00 PM, January 4, 2017. Both matters are then scheduled to be heard by City Council on January 24, 2017.
The Proposed Overlay Sub-Area II Code Amendment is below. See Packet Pg. 578 and Packet Pg. 587 in Red. (Source: January 4, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Packet)