The city of Dunwoody is looking to revamp its zoning code.

The council voted at its Aug. 22 meeting to approve the bid of Texas firm Duncan Associates to rewrite the city’s zoning ordinance, which was inherited from DeKalb County when the city incorporated in 2009.

City Councilman Danny Ross questioned the nearly $270,000 that the move would cost. “What’s the sense of urgency?” Ross said. “There’s a lot of things this money could be used for other than a rewrite of the zoning code.”

Community Development Director Michael Tuller said it was considered one of the city’s top priorities when it incorporated. “The comprehensive plan set the stage for rewriting the zoning code,” Tuller said. “There’s arguably not a sense of urgency, but it will set us up when the next wave of economic activity occurs.”

Councilman Denis Shortal said though he typically tries to cut spending wherever possible, he thinks the zoning rewrite will be a smart move for the city.