To handle a wave of major redevelopment proposals, the city of Sandy Springs is cutting the number of rezoning cases it will process each month from seven to five.

“Anything we can do to slow things down sounds good to me,” said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert at a Feb. 26 Sandy Springs City Council work session where the rezoning case reduction was discussed. The council unanimously approved the reduction at its March 1 meeting.

City development staff had expressed concerns about the workload of handling gigantic, complex rezoning cases at the same time consultants are rewriting the city’s zoning code and land-use plan.

The restriction means that only five rezoning cases per month can move forward to city Planning Commission review. And of those five per month, only one can be a Development of Regional Impact, meaning a major project that meets a size threshold for Atlanta Regional Commission review.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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