BPCA Describes LCI & Overlay for Commission Candidates

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Press Release

Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance lays out positive development goals for city of Brookhaven candidates.

Atlanta, GA, September 25, 2012:  Leaders of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance presented their vision for the Peachtree Road corridor in the new city of Brookhaven at an education session for Brookhaven mayoral and council candidates and the Governor’s Commission. The event was organized by GA Senator Fran Millar and State Representative Mike Jacobs, and hosted by the city of Dunwoody on September 24, 2012.

BPCA board member Jack Hondred presented history behind the Brookhaven Overlay which began in 2004 with the group’s effort to pursue a Liveable Cities Iniative study for the Brookhaven’s Peachtree Road corridor.  The objective of the presentation was to explain the BPCA vision, and its benefits to the new city of Brookhaven in order to solicit support for the BPCA’s pro-development goals, the existing LCI Overlay ordinance and the need for consistent enforcement of the zoning code.

The key points outlined in the presentation were:

● The Liveable Cities Initiative study was a community effort which began eight years ago.  It was inspired by the desire of residents to create a town center on the Brookhaven MARTA site, which would serve as a community gathering place and the heart of Brookhaven.

● The LCI study recommendations and vision encourage citizen engagement and strengthen community through the creation of mixed use developments with economic vitality and a walkable city environment.

● The Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay Ordinance, adopted in 2007, is the actual zoning code that embodies the LCI study recommendations and incentivizes positive development.  Jack Hondred described this as “very important as we form our new identity as Brookhaven-ites”. The BPCA leaders further encouraged the Governor’s Commission and the future Brookhaven City Council to import existing DeKalb County zoning, especially the Overlay, without changes given the community time and money spent developing it over the past eight years and continue the success achieved with Village Place on Dredsden Rd..