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Statement on the Proposed Rezoning and Development of 5308, 5318, and 5328 Roberts Drive

 

Dear Planning Commission Members:

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association has been following the proposals for redeveloping and rezoning the lots on Roberts Drive across from the Nature Center since 2018.  There have been numerous discussions about whether or not R-50 is too dense to build along side an R-100 neighborhood, about whether age-targeted zoning is appropriate for land across the street from an elementary school, and whether higher-density single family homes are appropriate for Dunwoody at all at this time.

Regardless of these factors, the one that surpasses them all is the fact that the neighboring Fairfield community owns an easement that is designated as “drainage” on all proposals we have seen to date.  Before anyone rezones or builds anything on the adjoining lots, there has to be a clear agreement with Fairfield HOA regarding conditions that will allow use of their easement.  As of this writing, that agreement has never happened.  Not with Rock River Realty whose proposal was withdrawn in 2019, and not with Peachland Homes today.

DHA believes that a rezoning of these properties in anticipation of a new development is a moot point until the developer and local HOA can come to an agreement.  DHA believes that without such an agreement, any talk of rezoning or building is a non-starter.  The neighbors already living next to the properties in question must be given the greatest voice in this situation.

DHA repeats the statement issued in January of 2019:  that we are opposed to the rezoning of 5308, 5318, and 5328 Roberts Drive until  there is a documented agreement with Fairfield HOA for the use of their easement. 

DHA urges the Planning Commission to table discussion of rezoning and urge the parties to work together toward a mutually acceptable use of the Fairfield-owned easement.

 

For the Board of Directors,
Adrienne Duncan
President, DHA

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