Brookhaven, GA, August 3, 2017 — by Anna Williams for The Post — After somewhat of a discussion between Thomas Platford, a representative for the applicant, and Brookhaven Planning Commissioners on whether definitions in the City’s Character Area Study legally prohibits townhomes in the “Lakes District”, Majestic Investment Corporation’s proposal for 18 townhomes along Johnson Ferry Rd. was rejected.
The Planning Commission’s “denial” is a recommendation to City Council and does necessarily nix the proposal, but it does carry a lot of weight. Majestic will have another shot at gaining City favor on August 22nd when the City Council meets next.
The City of Brookhaven’s Community Development Department issued their Staff Report last week concerning Majestic’s application to rezone the land located at 1611, 1621 and 1659 Johnson Ferry Rd. to allow for their townhome development. Staff suggested that because the Comprehensive Plan clearly discourages single-family attached dwellings in the Lakes Character Area, the proposal should be denied.
“The plan recommends that future development within the Lakes Character Area be permitted only if it maintains the single-family detached character of the surrounding neighborhood,” the Report says.
According to the report, Majestic’s application is not consistent with the existing single-family detached character of the neighborhood and the proposal is not in conformity with the intent of Comprehensive Plan Policies. The applicant disagrees.