Author: Ann Marie Quill

Dunwoody OKs townhome development

The Dunwoody City Council on March 23 approved a rezoning request to allow for a 40-unit townhouse development at Old Spring House Lane and Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Providence Group wants to develop the 3.4-acre tract of land with three-story townhomes with brick and stone fronts. The proposal had the approval of staff, the community council, the planning commission and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. Amenities will include a multi-use trail, internal sidewalks, a gazebo and pedestrian access to the Georgetown Plaza. The development will cap rentals at 10 percent. Providence Group President Warren Jolly said the project would likely be complete in two years, with the first units move-in ready in a year and a...

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Sandy Springs looks at updating sidewalk priorities, hears zoning cases

City Council on March 17 discussed changes in how new sidewalk projects will be prioritized in the 2016 budget. “What I care about is a good public policy that allows us to prioritize and build projects that get people from where they are to where they want to be, and also addresses safety issues,” said City Councilman Andy Bauman. Under the new model, potential new sidewalks in capital improvements programs would be scored on a 50-point scale, taking into consideration factors like right-of-way availability, anticipated utility relocations, constructability, pedestrian activity, type of road and whether the project would close a gap. New factors this year would be proximity to parks and schools, and project cost. For 2015, the city budgeted $925,000 for sidewalks. Jason White with the Chastain Park Civic Association said that he thought cost was too much of a factor, and that would cause the city to “build sidewalks where it’s cheap, not where people will want them.” But Mayor Rusty Paul later said that cost has to be a factor. “If there’s a project out there that we don’t have enough money in the budget for, the six of you can change the budget,” he told the council. Council members were also concerned there was not enough emphasis on safety in the scoring model. “Where do we talk about safety?” asked Councilman John Paulson. “It doesn’t...

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