A divided Dunwoody City Council this week deferred until May 13 its consideration of a pair of land development waivers for a 90-bed assisted living facility on Womack Road.

Several council members said they supported the Berman Commons development, located at 2026 Womack and 5342 Tilly Mill. But after some council members said they had unanswered questions about the project and others worried that neighbors had not had sufficient notice of the discussion of the project, the council voted 4-3 on April 22 to defer the vote until the May council meeting.

Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch and Councilmen John Heneghan, Denis Shortal and Doug Thompson voted to delay the vote. Councilwoman Adrian Bonser, Councilman Terry Nall and Mayor Mike Davis voted against the delay.

Zoning for the project initially was approved by DeKalb County officials before Dunwoody became a city, lawyer Doug told the council. Dunwoody’s requirements meant that setbacks required by DeKalb would prevent the construction of about 20 parking places, Dillard said.

To avoid the problem, the developers negotiated with city officials to grant the city an easement to build bicycle lanes on the Berman Commons’ property rather than give the city the land, Dillard said. “This is a good compromise,” he said.

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