The Brookhaven City Council delayed a vote on a recommendation from the Planning Commission that would implement a city-wide inclusionary zoning (IZ) measure in their Zoning Ordinance Rewrite. After much discussion, the council determined more work was needed on the overall plan. They are expected to revisit the issue after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite is to provide regulations to implement the land use policies identified in the City's Comprehensive Plan, Character Area Study and other planning and policy documents. The document is the result of months-long work by a steering committee that was comprised of community residents and business owners appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
The original recommendation would have implemented IZ in the proposed Buford Highway Overlay district, however, during the Planning Commission's Sept. 6th work session, they voted to make the recommendation citywide for any property that requests a re-zoning or applies for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP). The Government Affairs Committee, along with other members of the real estate community, raised objections to members of the City Council.
The City will hold a work session on the rewrite on a yet to be determined date. Stay tuned for more information on this very important issue.
To view the Zoning Ordinance click here.