Land Use Proposal

From Commissioner Jeff Rader:

The Board of Commissioners accepted withdrawal of an amendment, proposed by the county planning staff, to DeKalb's comprehensive plan. The amendment would have assigned the Town Center designation to the area surrounding the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Roads (30329), currently classified as primarily a Neighborhood Center.

The recommendation by the planning department was the outgrowth of its research started last year when a development proposal, subsequently approved, was under consideration for the Executive Park office complex in the same neighborhood. In the intervening time, my office, with the cooperation of the county administration, was able to secure a Livable Centers Initiative grant to develop a detailed master plan for future development along North Druid Hills Road. For information about that LCI, read my March 22, 2009 update (link below).

Therefore, the commissioners felt it would be premature to make a decision about the land use proposal until the LCI study is complete. The county finally signed the LCI contract in September, followed by a kickoff meeting in October. The heart of the study is soliciting public feedback on its long-term vision for the area under review.

Read about the North Druid Hills LCI: