Brookhaven City Council approved 2-1 a rezoning application for a new development despite concern from some council members that the proposal would require several variances.

Artisan Homecrafters plans to build nine single family homes on 2.16 acres near the Roxboro Road and Wright Avenue intersection. The homes are proposed on non-conforming lots that already existed on the property.

“Fundamentally, I’m disappointed that what we keep seeing back from the developer is the same plan on the same non-conforming site,” said Councilman Jim Eyre.

“I’m bothered by this too. I really don’t want us to get in practice of approving zoning that’s non-conforming,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams.

Shea Roberts, attorney for Artisan Homecrafters, said they have worked with the city from Day 1. The scope of the project was reduced by one lot, and the developer donated right of way to the city. “I feel like we’ve bent over backward,” Roberts said. “You’re asking us to go back to the drawing board and we’ve got contracts pending.”