Brookhaven residents interested in participating in the character area studies of their neighborhoods are invited to kick-off meetings on July 14 and July 19.

The July 14 meetings will be from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, and also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road.

On July 19, meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Briarwood Park Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way, and again at Brookhaven City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Goals for the meetings include laying out appropriate land uses, implementation strategies and an overall vision for the city’s neighborhoods and districts.

The City Council approved at its June 7 meeting an $83,000 contract with Sycamore Consulting to facilitate the 13 character area studies.

For more information, call 404-637-0500 or email characterareas@brookhavenga.gov. A project website is available at www.BrookhavenCharacterAreaStudy.com.

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 asaid 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.