Some of the Dunwoody City Council’s concerns with a request by Minerva USA, LLC, to rezone and change zoning conditions on the western side of Chamblee Dunwoody Road involve calculating density and providing green space.

The property, consisting of 5.73 acres of land at 4330 Georgetown Square, is currently zoned for offices, but Minerva wants the city to amend the site plan to allow for multi-dwelling residences.

Construction of 55 three-story townhomes would replace the five two-story, brick office buildings and surface parking lot currently there. Multi-family apartments would not be permitted, Community Development Director Steve Foote said, adding that staff’s recommendation on first read is to approve the change, with a number of conditions.

Councilman Terry Nall said he wants to know how the density of 9.9 units per acre is calculated, and he requested documents to review before a second reading. Nall said he wanted general information to know what happens with “any type of development that comes to us.”

“Let’s say we have 10 acres with seven housing buildings,” Nall said, adding the other three acres is green space. “How do we calculate density in that scenario?”

Foote said he thought the density would be calculated using the total land area.

Open green space in a townhome development could include the grass in front of the door as well as space designated for a park, but Foote said that, based on his experience, “it should be more usable areas, and not just every strip of land.”

Councilman Jim Riticher said he wants the city staff to review the traffic study and make suggestions before the council’s final vote on the rezoning. Councilman John Heneghan said he was “unsure of the time frame.”

“I’m hoping the time frame on this will move at a pace that is reasonable,” Heneghan said, adding that he wants to make sure the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce has a chance to look at the plan and weigh in.

Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said she wanted to make a suggestion to the council members.

“If you haven’t been to this property recently, before this comes to us, you need to go see it,” Deutsch said. “You need to understand what’s back there and what isn’t, and the condition of things. That’s just a request on my part.”

This case will be heard by Dunwoody’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103.

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