Brookhaven, GA, July 25, 2017 — by Trey Benton — An application has been filed with the City of Brookhaven by Majestic Investment Corporation to rezone land located at 1611, 1621 and 1659 Johnson Ferry Rd. to allow for the development 18 townhomes. The 13-plus acres encompassed in the request is mostly Nancy Creek flood plain, which the Colonial Pipeline runs through, and there are wetlands present in some areas. On the upper end of the property there is around one “buildable” acre of land where a single family home once stood some years ago.
Prior to the incorporation of the City of Brookhaven, this land was the focus of an effort by Concorde Soccer to create a “soccer complex”, and it drew a considerable amount of neighborhood opposition. At the time, the battle was fought in front of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners resulting in the applicant eventually withdrawing their rezoning application without prejudice.
Today, there is a buzz among those who live near and those who are interested in preserving the natural aspects of the land. With it again under consideration for development, neighbors are beginning their efforts to organize to make sure their voices and concerns are heard and considered seriously. Their hope is the City of Brookhaven will listen to them and concur that any development of this land must be a project everyone can live with at an appropriate scale.
A community meeting with the applicant was held recently where neighbors from the area attended. Scott Sherris, a Board Member with the Brookhaven Conservancy that was formed previously to keep an eye on this land, said the meeting left him “profoundly disappointed” by the presentation.
“We went to learn more about the project that they were planning and look for ways to work with the developer to see smart development that was respectful of the environment and the neighborhood,” said Sherris in a meeting recap. “Unfortunately what we learned was that there is NO project, no specifics, no wetland study, no environmental impact study.”
Sherris reported the site plans accompanying the rezoning application are “pretty pictures are for illustration only.” He said he believes the developer plans to try to get the City to rezone the property for higher density without committing to any specific details at all.
The developer includes in their application paperwork a trip generation study that shows during AM peak hours, the development would generate 8 trips in and out per hour. During peak PM hours, the development would generate 9 in and out trips per hour. The total expected trips for a 24-hour period is estimated at 104 2-way trips.
Majestic’s application is scheduled to be considered by the City’s Planning Commission on August 2nd and City Council on August 22nd. Neighbors say they will be there to make their concerns known.
The full application and supporting documents can be found on the City website here. A Community Development Staff report will be prepared prior to the Planning Commission meeting and be made part of the Agenda Packet which will be on the meeting calendar here.