This meeting was promoted as a required meeting for a residential rezoning in an ad in the Crier on June 16.
This property, and its proposed age-restricted (55+) has been discussed numerous times at the DHA. It had been initially withdrawn in 2019 but is apparently back again.
The original plan called for 8-9 homes. The current announcement mentions 15 homes. DHA previously opposed the rezoning from R-100 to R-50 and pointed out the contrast of a "55+" housing community consisting of 2-3 story homes across the street from Austin ES.
April 2019 Board meeting
From the Crier ad:
"There will be a Community Meeting regarding an application to rezone preoprty located at 5308, 5318, & 5328 Roberts Drive in the City of Dunwoody from the current R-100 (Single dwelling residnetial) zoning district to R-50 (Single-dwelling Residential) zoning district for the purpose of developing a 15 lot "empty nester" (55+ age restsricted housing community. The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday July 6, 2020 at 5328 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody Georgia 30338.
At this meeting will be a first read of changes to the Dunwoody Village Overlay District that are proposed to increase density and add more housing.
DHA has been directly involved with preserving undisturbed buffers between the Dunwoody Village commercial district and the neighboring homes. DHA has also been part of the discussion in ensuring that any updates benefit the homeowner community.
Note that zoning changes this month do not mean they will take immediate effect. These changes set expectations for both developers and homeowners so that when a landowner chooses to improve, or build upon or otherwise redevelop their property, these are the standards they must follow.
Residents are encouraged to share their opinions with city council during public comment.
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Early voting is closed and in-person voting concludes today.
Dunwoody voters have the following decisions on the ballot:
- Superior Court
- DeKalb Sheriff
- County Commissioner District 6
Check your precinct voting location at the website linked above. Some usual voting locations have been closed or moved due to COVID-19.
To speak to this issue in public comment, either in person or via Zoom, please contact the city clerk at the email link above.
The acreage around Swancy Farmhouse, an historic home across Chamblee-Dunwoody road from Dunwoody Nature Center and Austin Elementary, has been the subject of redevelopment for a couple of years.
The local homeowners of older ranch homes around the property have sold their land and developers have been trying to rezone it for "niche" neighborhoods. Both proposals involve reducing the zoning density from R-100 (lots have minimum 100 feet of street frontage) to R-50 lots (half the street frontage with about 10 feet between homes). Both proposals also must contend with a privately-owned easement and permission to access it for proper drainage. Both proposals are designed as "age targeted" developments to address the growing need for senior-friendly housing with different features than those enjoyed by younger families.
The first attempt was a proposed 10-unit development of 2-3 story homes that the developer proposed as "senior friendly" with a "master on the main". This proposal was withdrawn last year.
The latest proposal by Peachland Homes includes a R-50 rezoning with homes designed as single-story bungalows with a partial second-story loft in some models. Questions regarding the private easement remain.
See the link above for the agenda and instructions to attend virtually.
To date, the Charter Commission has recommended:
- Eliminating the tax millage rate cap established when Dunwoody incorporated. Before incorporation, DeKalb county raised tax rates with no voter say at all.
- Allowing city council to raise taxes without a voter referendum; Dunwoody was incorporated with this check and balance to require voter input before tax rates could change
- Adding greater powers to the Mayor's office, eliminating the weak-mayor system that prevents potential autocratic abuses
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The City of Dunwoody is a municipality created by the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. The Charter for the City of Dunwoody authorizes the Mayor and City Council of the City to create a Charter Commission to review the City’s experience and recommend to the General Assembly any changes to the City Charter.
Learn more about the Charter Commission here: https://dunwoodyga.gov/index.php?section=government_boards_commissions_and_committees_charter_commission