Brookhaven GA, May 24, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Brookhaven Councilmembers approved an additional point of review to the scope of the City’s Planning Commission as a result of Council’s March decision to table efforts to create a Design Review Board (DRB). The added criteria includes whether the aesthetic and architectural design of a proposed plan is compatible with the intent and requirements of the Comprehensive Plan, the City’s Character Area Study, and guidelines suggested in any Overlay District (existing or future).
The same language will also apply to the Planning Commission’s consideration of Special Land Use Permits.
Back in early March, Planning Commission members recommended City Council forego creating the new layer of Government. Later that month, the Council agreed since the idea for the DRB was borne specifically for a proposed Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA Transit Oriented Development that was withdrawn. They said they would prefer to address the issues in the Zoning Rewrite, which will follow the Overlay Review and Rewrite. On May 3rd, Planning Commissioners signed off on the addition to their scope.
Councilmember Linley Jones commented on Tuesday’s Council decision, “While it’s not an architectural review committee, it is a less burdensome way of addressing community quality issues and I am optimistic that this will be an effective solution for us.”
The Council’s vote was unanimous.
The Post’s Editor, Trey Benton, also contributed to this article.