The Brookhaven City Council voted Aug. 19 to approve issuing a 6-month moratorium on rezoning requests, in part to halt the rapid development including hundreds of apartments that have been proposed along Dresden Drive.

The moratorium went into effect immediately and is expected to be lifted by February 2017.

“Right now, Brookhaven has been labeled the fastest growing ZIP code in the Atlanta area. This moratorium will allow us to chart Brookhaven’s course to become the smartest growing ZIP code in the Atlanta area,” said Mayor John Ernst.

The moratorium is also tied to the city’s current character area studies of various neighborhoods in the city as residents provide input on how they went to preserve where they live. Mayor John Ernst said by halting rezoning requests and proposed developments, residents can concentrate solely on their visions for their neighborhoods and the surrounding area.

“I look forward to working with residents and staff over the next six months on our Character Area Study and Peachtree Corridor Overlay District and Zoning Ordinance rewrites to define this shift in our community. We want to provide clarity and welcome developers who share our vision of a city that is a model for future urban development.”

The City Council votes Aug. 23 on one of the proposed Dresden Drive propose mixed-use developments. The Planning Commission voted Aug. 3 to recommend denying approval of the development that includes a proposed 194-unit apartment complex with 20,000 square feet of retail space. Developers want rezone more than 3 acres at 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544-256 Caldwell, where the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner office is located, from O-I (office institution) and PC-2 (pedestrian community) to entirely PC-2.

The moratorium will not affect applications already on file with the city or requests for variances, including the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA redevelopment. The proposed MARTA plans go before the Planning Commission Sept. 7.

The moratorium does not affect development that does not require rezoning.

The rezoning applications affected are those that request a change to or from a single-family residential, two- and three-family residential, multifamily residential zoning classification, and PC-1, PC-2, PC-3 and OCR zoning districts. The moratorium does not apply to the Special Tax District – the area annexed by the city near I-85 that is primarily owned by Emory and CHOA, according to the ordinance.

Dyana Bagby

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