City Council during its Nov. 19 meeting delayed action on a controversial development.

Many residents of the Spalding Woods neighborhood asked whether the city was delaying the inevitable. City Council will revisit the zoning application at its Dec. 17 meeting.

City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the deferral. City Councilman Gabriel Sterling voted “no” and City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny recused herself.

Developer Traton Homes is seeking to have 6.6 acres at the corner of Glenridge Drive and Mabry Road rezoned to allow for a higher density development. The zoning application was requesting a development of 18 units, but that had been whittled down to 14. The City’s Planning Commission recommended denying the zoning application and city staff recommended approval with conditions.

Pete Hendricks, an attorney for the developer, told city council his client wanted the deferral so there would be more time to develop a plan that will satisfy neighbors. He said there had been negotiations over the weekend, but nothing had been finalized.

“There is no new site plan that’s in front of you this evening,” Hendricks said.

Residents in Spalding Woods and other neighborhood representatives sounded doubtful that the two sides could agree on replacing the three single family homes on the site with a higher density development. They urged the council to deny the application on Nov. 19.

Trisha Thompson-Fox, a member of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, said the property is in the center of a protected neighborhood and the development doesn’t adhere to the city’s comprehensive plan.

“Please deny this application for an intrusive subdivision as stated and uphold the comp plan,” she said.

Sterling voted against the deferral and made a motion to deny the zoning application, but city council did not vote on his motion. Sterling said the numerous deferrals on the case are needlessly stressing out residents in Spalding Woods.

City Councilman Chip Collins disagreed, saying if this developer isn’t successful there will be another developer interested in the property.

“It sounds like we all agree this is going to get redeveloped at some point,” Collins said. “So the pain of the neighbors is not over.”

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