Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Updated Dunwoody Website & Preview of Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals.


The City has just updated the website with a new calendar feature, color scheme and a few other minor improvements but I was wondering what else you would like to see on our website. I posted the same question on the City of Dunwoody discussion board and would like to see your opinions on the subject, please feel free to comment either on the Dunwoody discussion board or here.

Zoning Board of Appeals

I attend most City of Dunwoody civic meetings as my schedule allows, and it is the members of the Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals whom I believe have one of the tougher tasks. They alone decide zoning variance requests which sometimes pits one neighbor against another or one business against the entire community. These situations sometimes make for spirited discussions on controversial proposals whereby someone may leave the meeting unhappy. The Dunwoody Crier mentioned one of the items on the agenda for Thursday but I believe several of the items may not be a slam dunk, easy decision to make. If you want to see local government in action, attend Thursday's ZBA meeting at City Hall.

AGENDA
City of Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals

Thursday, July 2, 2009 – 7:00 PM
Dunwoody City Hall – 1st Floor of 41 Perimeter Center East

Old Business
1. ZBA09-052: Richard Brown of 1471 Carnaby Court, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338, owner/applicant; requests a variance to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, §2C-6, sub-section (e), to decrease a required rear yard setback from forty (40) feet to twenty-four (24) feet, a reduction of 40%, to re-build a deck. The subject property is located at 1471 Carnaby Court, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338, at the western terminus of Carnaby Court. The tax parcel number is 18 375 01 017.

D. New Business
1. ZBA09-061: Dunwoody Village Place, LLC, owner; represented by Rich & Peggy Kernan of 210 Scotney Glen Circle John’s Creek, Georgia request the following variance: (1) to the City of Dunwoody Land Development and Environmental Protection Ordinance: §11 of Article 2 to encroach into an undisturbed state waters bufferyard; The subject property is located at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody Georgia 30338. The tax parcel number is 18 366 06 065. This request was previously assigned case number ZBA09-053.

2. ZBA09-062: The Branches Club, Inc.; represented by Bryan C. Hutchinson, President; of 1318 Winding Branch Circle, Dunwoody, Georgia; requests the following variance: a change of DeKalb County Board of Zoning Appeals conditions to add lights to an outdoor tennis court; The subject property is located at 1318 Winding Branch Circle, Dunwoody Georgia 30338. The tax parcel number is 18 365 03 031.

3. ZBA09-063: Seaman Development Corporation, of 400 Perimeter Center Terrace, Suite 800 Dunwoody, Georgia 30346; represented by Carl E. Westmoreland and Jessica L. Hill, of Seyfarth Shaw LLP; request the following variances: (1) Variance from Chapter 27, Section 2Y-10 to increase the lot coverage permitted from eighty percent (80%) to ninety-one percent (91 %); (2) Variance from Chapter 27, Section 4-21 to eliminate the landscaping requirements for parking lots and permit the existing landscaping; (3) Variance from Chapter 27, Section 2Y-7 to eliminate the 50 foot transitional buffer along the west property line where the site abuts the R-150 zoned cemetery property to permit existing conditions to remain. (4) Variance from Chapter 27, Section 2Y-6(c)(2) to eliminate the five foot landscape strip required within the west interior side yard setback;(5) Change of previous DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals condition to reduce the required parking from 4.5 spaces per 1,000 square feet of retail as granted through a previous variance to 4.15 spaces per 1,000 square feet; (6) Change of previous DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals condition to reduce the required loading spaces from seven 12’x35’ spaces to zero 12’x35’ spaces; and (7) Variance from Chapter 14, Section 14 to permit the existing non-conforming water quality measures to remain in lieu of implementing the current City of Dunwoody requirements. The subject property is located at the southwest corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. The tax parcel number is 18 348 02 001.

4. ZBA09-064: Seaman Development Corporation, of 400 Perimeter Center Terrace, Suite 800 Dunwoody, Georgia 30346; represented by Carl E. Westmoreland and Jessica L. Hill, of Seyfarth Shaw LLP; request the following variances: (1) Variance from Chapter 21, Section 12(b) to permit a 150 square foot wall sign on the Ashford Dunwoody Road side of the existing retail building; (2) Variance from Chapter 21, Section 12(b) to permit two additional wall signs on the Hammond Drive fa├žade of the existing building to permit each tenant in the building to have its own sign identifying the main entrance of each store; The subject property is located at the southwest corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. The tax parcel number is 18 348 02 001.

5. ZBA09-065: Jack D Hudson of 1984 Dellfield Court Dunwoody, Georgia 30338; requests the following: Variance from Chapter 27, Section 2L-6(b)(2) to permit a building addition and remodeling on the rear of an existing single family home. The subject property is located at the northern terminus of Dellfield Court, north of its intersection with Dunwoody Club Way. The tax parcel number is 06 341 01 112.

6. ZBA09-066: Steven J. Campbell, President of the Dunwoody Court Condominium Association, of 306 Dunbar Drive, Dunwoody GA 30338; represented by Doyle P. Jones of Capitol Community Management; requests the following: variance to Chapter 14, the City of Dunwoody Land Development and Environmental Protection Ordinance: §11 of Article 2 to encroach into an undisturbed state waters bufferyard to permit the replacement/reconstruction of an existing retaining wall. The subject property is located at 1010 Dunbar Drive, Dunwoody GA 30338; The tax parcel number is 18 344 08 001.

2 comments:

Rick Callihan said...

Click here for a recap

John Heneghan said...

Crazy night at the ZBA with standing room only, started at 7 pm, ending at 11:30 pm. I attempted to record it but my batteries died half way through so I will let others give the color commentary and I will just give the quick facts.

ZBA-52 Richard Brown on Carnaby Court was denied from building a deck within the rear setback.

ZBA-61 Dunwoody Village was deferred again until a Special Meeting on Wed July 22nd.

ZBA-62 Branches Club approved for lights on 3 tennis courts with a 10 pm cutoff.

ZBA-63 Seaman Development wanted to keep the same variances that the old Home Depot Expo had in order to allow three new stores in that space including the Rooms to Go flagship store. Approved & might have some landscaping improvements?

ZBA-64 Seaman Development wanted different signs on the new Rooms to Go, facing Ashford Dunwoody and this was vetted through the DHA and approved.

ZBA-65 Jack Hudson pulled his application at the last second in order to review a drainage easement issue where he wants to build.

ZBA-66 Dunwoody North Condos were approved to pour a new retaining wall inside the stream buffer to stabilize the foundation of the residential structure.