Brookhaven City Council discussed the merits of moving quickly to create a development authority at a special called work session Feb. 6.
Interim City Manager Marie Garrett said a development authority would act as the economic development arm for the city. The seven to nine member board would have the power to take out bonds to fund big projects, she said.
“The beauty of the bond inducing power of the authority is it does not take away for the borrowing capacity of the city,” Garrett said.
Garrett told council members one of the most pressing reasons to form a development authority would be to gain “a seat at the table” when MARTA redevelops its Brookhaven station.
Interim City Attorney Bill Riley suggested the city create a development authority and come up with a conceptual plan to present to MARTA in the next six months.
Riley said though appointed by City Council, the development authority would be an autonomous board with a lot of power.
“It’s very important that you pick people of like mind that are going to be on that authority,” Riley said.