After four ‘community sounding board’ meetings and six workshops to hear public comments, members of Dunwoody City Council on July 27 got their chance to weigh in on planned revisions to the city’s comprehensive plan.
Some council members didn’t like what they saw.
Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch told the project manager, Jim Summerbell, the vision statement should have been written by council members.
“We’re the final owners, the city is the final owners of this and ultimately it stops with us,” she said.
Summerbell agreed and said they would get the opportunity to write the vision statement and make other adjustments to the comprehensive plan before sending it to the state.
“We’re on a time deadline to take this to the state, but we want this feedback,” said Steve Foote, the city’s community development director.
The council will again take up the plan at its Aug. 10 meeting. If approved, the plan goes to state officials for consideration.
Resident Renate Herod said she had to call her local councilwoman to help her find a draft of the comprehensive plan on the city of Dunwoody’s website. Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch admitted she couldn’t find the document without help, either.
Herod said the draft is actually online, but it’s tricky to find.
“I guarantee a lot of people gave up,” Deutsch said about residents finding the draft plan on the city’s website.
When Herod finally found the 64-page update, she said she first noticed the city’s vision statement traded “big city with small town appeal” for a “dynamic, innovative community.”
Herod said she lives in Dunwoody North and said she didn’t like the way her neighborhood was described in the plan. She said the description lacked detail concerning the number of residents who should live in the area. “It felt like it was primarily serving the businesses and developers,” she said.
Deutsch said she didn’t agree with high-density plans for the area around MARTA, and she suggested looking closely at proposals to allow taller buildings in some areas in return for creating more green space. She said the city doesn’t have the infrastructure for too much more development.
“[The] Georgetown [neighborhood] doesn’t need any more housing with the exception of ‘age-restricted’ housing,” Deutsch said.