Brookhaven, GA, January 4, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s Planning Commission voted (4-2) Wednesday evening to recommend City Council Approve the Dresden Village mixed use development proposed for Dresden Drive with 29 conditions. Just hours prior to Wednesday’s meeting, a new site plan was submitted to the City by the proposed project’s developer CONNOLLY.
Commissioner John Funny who made the motion to approve said the city code is what the city code is and they must decide the project that is in front of the Commission based on that code. “I am supporting it because I see that there has been a give and take,” said Funny.
Prior to Funny’s motion, Commissioner Rob Francour made a motion to deny. That motion failed for lack of support.
During Public Comment, community members who were not supportive of the project presented the same issues they have for months – density, height and traffic. Ashford Park resident Karen Dernavich said the developer is “trying to put a square peg in a round hole.”
Griff Simms, president of the Parkside Townhome community near the proposed new development, said he was supportive of the project because plan changes as they relate to the impact on his community were acceptable to him and the homeowners.
The main points of discussion revolved around the definition of the word contiguous as well as ambiguities in the current zoning code that allow for interpretations. Commissioner Stan Segal stressed the City needs the Zoning rewrite to take place as soon as possible.
The 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. But in order for any of the development to take place, the City must allow the entire site to be rezoned to PC-2. Currently the parcels are zoned with a mixture of NS, PC-2, & O-I.
CONNOLLY’s trip through the Planning Commission in August, resulted in a recommendation for City Council to deny their application. During the August 23rd City Council meeting, the case was deferred and remanded back, giving the developer a chance to make changes to their site plan.
On November 2nd, Planning Commissioners voted to recommend City Council remand the case back to them in January of 2017. On November 9th, Councilmembers obliged. Councilmembers also approved to “reset the shot clock” and restore the ability for Planning Commissioners to defer the case again themselves, should they so desire.
The case will be before City Council January 24, 2017.
Below is the latest site plan that was submitted earlier in the day Wednesday, January 4, 2017.