Members of the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association voted July 13 to endorse a controversial change to city building regulations that is expected to make it more expensive to build buildings more than three stories tall.

Board member Rick Callihan said in a text message July 13 that the board had voted in closed session to back the proposal.

City officials say the change will improve the quality of buildings constructed in Dunwoody. But the proposed change has drawn opposition from builders and developers, who argue it will slow development in Dunwoody.

City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal at its meeting July 14. Councilman Terry Nall told DHA board members the proposal has been modified to exempt projects of 200,000 square feet or less and to add provisions for appeals to the council for variances.

Michael Paris, CEO of the Council for Quality Growth, said his group recommends the city delay consideration of the proposal until a committee of “stakeholders” can meet and discuss the problem.

“Our position has been all along, ‘What is the problem? What are we trying to solve and is this the best way to solve it?’” he told DHA board members July 13.

The city’s standards now require buildings more than five stories tall be built with metal-and-concrete structure. Shorter buildings can be built with wooden structures, in what is called “brick-and-stick” construction. Some city officials are proposing requiring the more expensive metal-and-concrete structures for buildings more than three stories tall.

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