DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody Homeowners Association officially weighed in on the city’s proposed changes to the Dunwoody Village Master Plan, asking that no residences to be included in the district.
At a Feb. 9 meeting, residents from the adjacent neighborhoods of The Branches and Vernon Oaks shared their perspectives, and the homeowners board formally released its position on the plan.
The Dunwoody Village Master Plan dictates zoning and land use near the intersection of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and Mount Vernon Road. Initially adopted in 2011, the master plan envisions transforming the area into a more walkable, mixed-use city center.
Last year, the city hired Atlanta-based planning firm TSW to review and rewrite zoning regulations in an effort to make the area more attractive to developers.
The homeowners board unanimously supported placing a 100-foot buffer between the village commercial properties and the homeowners’ lots in the Branches, 50 feet of undisturbed forested land adjacent to the homeowners and 50 feet of transitional landscaping on the commercial side.
In a split vote, the board also opposed allowing residential units within the village overlay.
Opponents of new residences argued that apartments or condos are incompatible with the purpose of the overlay to support the surrounding single-family neighborhoods. Those who voted in favor of new residences argued that new homes will help revitalize Dunwoody Village.
TSW’s plan allows housing, in some form, in all four zones of the district. No detached, single-family houses would be allowed within the village, but townhomes would be permitted outside the core.
Owner-occupied multi-unit housing, like condos or multiplexes, would be allowed in all four districts, but rental apartments would require a special use permit from the City Council. All housing would be a maximum density of 12 units per acre.
The homeowners’ meeting was recorded and live streamed on Facebook. For more information, visit dunwoodyga.org.
The Dunwoody Village Master Plan was also presented to the Planning Commission on Feb. 11. The commissioners heard a presentation by TSW and public comments but deferred formal action until March 10.