The city of Brookhaven has placed a 90-day moratorium on development in the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay Zoning District.
The moratorium, which took effect March 27, will last until June 25.
“We want to make sure we make responsible development and land-use decisions,” Community Development Director Susan Canon said in a news release. “The moratorium also allows city staff time to evaluate the overlay district in relation to underlying zoning and to determine whether any revisions are necessary for appropriate implementation.”
The development moratorium only applies to applications within the overlay zoning district, which includes Peachtree Road, Dresden Drive, and several surrounding roads in the area of the Brookhaven MARTA station.
During the moratorium, the city will not accept applications for things like special land-use permits, variances, building permits and land disturbance permits.
The overlay zoning district was created in 2007 in response to a Livable Centers Initiative study by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The study created a vision of more urban and pedestrian-friendly development in the portion of Brookhaven around the MARTA station on Peachtree Road.
Jack Honderd, a member of Brookhaven’s Planning Commission who helped develop the overlay zoning district, said he is glad that the city is reviewing the zoning regulations.
“I think it’s a very good step. The purpose is just to address some of the technical details there’s some confusion about so everyone is clear going forward. I think that’s a good thing,” Honderd said.
He said there has been some confusion from developers when it comes to parking requirements, density restrictions and height specifications.
“With anything new you have a prototype run. As issues come up you straighten them out,” Honderd said. “It’s highly technical, but they’re important details. Rather than getting inconsistent interpretations … or developers getting frustrated, I think it’s important that we make it very clear.”
Councilman Jim Eyre said the city would not be making any substantive changes to the overlay. “It’s opening the LCI up for technical changes … it’s not up for conceptual changes,” said
The overlay moratorium comes after a city-wide moratorium earlier this year. On the city’s first day of operations Dec. 17, officials enacted a 30-day moratorium on building and zoning permits to allow time to get a community development department up and running.
Interim City Attorney Bill Riley said there is no backlog in applications leftover from the moratorium earlier this year.
“We’ve already dealt with all the backup, or anticipated needs, and we’re back on a steady schedule already,” Riley said.