The Sandy Springs City Council voted 5-0 Sept. 16 to defer consideration of The Epstein School’s expansion plans for 120 days.

Dist. 3 Councilman Rusty Paul, who works as a contract legislative lobbyist for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, recused himself from discussing or voting on the issue.

The application will again go before the Planning Commission on Dec. 18 and return to the City Council on Jan. 20. The council’s motion included 29 recommendations from the Planning Commission and city staff.

Andy Porter, who lives on Burdett Drive and serves as vice chairman of the city’s Design Review Board, criticized the city’s process of negotiating between neighborhoods and developers. “We’ve spent the last eight months and every dime our neighborhood has saved fighting a plan that is so poorly conceived that even the head of the Planning Commission said, ‘If you bring it back to us like this, I won’t even look at it.’ ”