The Brookhaven City Council will meet in a special called meeting Friday, Aug. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall to vote on imposing a 6-month moratorium on development rezoning requests.

The moratorium will not affect developments currently being considered, such as the MARTA redevelopment on Peachtree Road.

Mayor John Ernst announced last month he would be seeking a moratorium due in part to the incredible opposition from residents living near and around Dresden Drive who have organized significant efforts to stop apartment complexes from being built along the two-lane road.

The City Council recently denied the rezoning request for the Solis Dresden development at the corner of Dresden Drive and Appalachee Drive. Developers there wanted to build a four-story complex with 113 apartments with the main floor having retail and a restaurant.

The council will vote Aug. 23 on whether or not to approve the proposed Dresden Village rezoning request to build apartments and retail on the property where the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner office is located.

Ernst said at the beginning of his tenure he would be seeking a 6-month moratorium. “Then we need to create a citizen-led committee to revise the city’s comprehensive zoning plan to reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, and from these plans, rewrite the city zoning ordinance to preserve our quality of life,” he said at the time.

The moratorium is also tied in with the timing of the city’s character area studies now taking place where neighborhood residents are gathering together to outline ways they want to preserve their communities.

Dyana Bagby

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

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