The Brookhaven City Council is expected June 7 to approve hiring a facilitator to lead communities through “character area” studies as part of an in-depth look at the city’s comprehensive zoning plan.

Community Development Director Ben Song said the City Council is expected to approve at the June 7 council meeting the hiring of a Sycamore Consulting for $83,250 for the project slated to begin in July.

“The consultant will be approved at next Tuesday’s city council meeting. The project is to be completed within a 6-month period. The project will likely commence in July,” he said.

In February, Mayor John Ernst called for the character area studies to be done because he was being told residents did not feel they had enough input into neighborhood zoning plans.

The city’s 2034 Comprehensive Plan was adopted in late 2014. City officials decided they wanted more detailed information after residents at recent public gatherings said they had been left out of the original process of drawing up the plan.

Citizen input into the 2034 Comprehensive Plan was conducted  in May 2014.

The five character areas with recommended residential densities and building heights designated within their character areas and deemed suitable for mixed-use development are Perimeter Center, Blackburn Park Neighborhood Center, Peachtree Center Overlay District, Lenox Park and Buford Highway Corridor.

The eight character areas include existing residential density and and predominantly single-family residential neighborhoods: the Lakes District, Lynwood Park, Osborne, Historic Brookhaven, Ashford Park-Drew Valley, Brookhaven Fields-Brookhaven Heights and Roxboro, and Briarwood Park which is comprised largely of townhouses and condominiums.

A planned rewrite of the city’s zoning code would be delayed until after the reworking of the comprehensive plan.

A review of the bid request for a facilitator can be viewed by clicking here.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.