Cypress Communities developer Carl Westmoreland on Feb. 8 presents changes to an 81-townhouse proposal for the Dunwoody Village Parkway area. In December, members of the Dunwoody Homeowers Association heavily criticized this development and neighbors asked for many changes.

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association wants to enter into a contractual agreement to ensure a developer will act as agreed. Cypress Communities revised its 81-townhouse proposal for the Dunwoody Village Parkway area after meeting with neighbors on Vernon North over the last two months.

DHA President Robert Wittenstein said developer Carl Westmoreland addressed many, but not all, of the concerns expressed during the December DHA meeting.  Because residents of Dunwoody aren’t able to enter into a contract, the DHA would become the entity capable of suing the developer if the agreement were ever breached.

Westmoreland said he would be happy to continue to work with Dunwoody homeowners and the DHA as a whole, entering into whatever contract appropriate. He noted the city staff has yet to make recommendations and the next step for rezoning to RM-100 will take place at community planning meeting Feb. 12. After that, a Mar. 10 date is set to go before the planning commission, Westmoreland said.

Changes to the proposal include far less encroachment into the stream buffers and a higher starting price. The two and three-bedroom townhomes will start at about $450,000, Westmoreland said.

Dunwoody resident Joe Seconder noted that he and others in the community want to see the development on Dunwoody Village Parkway feel more “community oriented,” with real balconies on the front of the townhomes instead of just wrought iron decorative fencing. The developer said existing restrictions prevent “real balconies,” but each townhouse will have a rear deck with gas hook-up capability for outdoor grilling.

The townhomes will each have a two-car garage and an 18-foot driveway. Recommendations were made for a homeowner’s association to maintain private roads in the development and set rental agreement terms.

“This is a world of difference,” Wittenstein said.

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