To the editor:

I am a resident and business owner in Sandy Springs. For the last 10 months, I and many other citizens have been fighting a developer who originally wanted to build 19 townhomes on a small, 2-acre lot. He has changed his plan to build an overly dense, 13 single-family-home plan with no proven hardship as to why he needs a variance change.

This lot of land sits directly above the original Sandy Springs Creek and on top of a 15-foot retention wall (that has failed once) which could cause severe run-off issues and flooding to the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, this lot of land has a post-Civil War operating church, many 200-year-old oak trees, and is surrounded by four subdivisions.

Did you know that that the city of Sandy Springs has no laws protecting old historical trees and buildings even though they have a Heritage Sandy Springs Society?

This property is located on Mitchell Road and sits a block away from a historical Margaret Mitchell property. We, the citizens, have managed to fight the development and have the request for rezoning deferred several times for a multitude of reasons including improper notification process, illegal contract of sale, and dispute of church ownership to name a few.

The flawed notification process has presented many issues for other zoning cases in the area. Homeowners are often not aware of a rezoning until it is too late.

I urge you to read and print my letter that was sent today to the mayor, planning commission and city council members.

All over this city, there are citizens who feel the pain and agony of rezoning and spend countless hours trying to protect their homes and investments.

Sandy Sweeny