DUNWOODY, Ga. — A sweeping set of ordinances that would assign distinct zonings to areas within Dunwoody Village has been set aside, but the City Council plans to review the matter again next month.

Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch presents a proclamation

At left, Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch presents a proclamation declaring Sept. 9 as Bev Wingate Day. Wingate is a longtime volunteer and activist who was instrumental in the creation of the city in 2008. 

At its Aug. 24 meeting, the council heard from TSW planner Caleb Racicot about the look and feel of the proposed districts. Plans call for distancing restrictions on banks, as well as bans on drive-through restaurants, car repair shops, gas stations and detached homes.

Racicot also discussed feedback from residents of Wynterhall and Branches neighborhoods addressing the issue of buffers. Residents appear to favor a 150-foot average setback over alternate plans that average 75 feet, specifically behind the Publix shopping center, he said. An original plan calling for a 30-foot buffer received “a lot of pushback” from residents, Racicot said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, several residents also voiced support for the 150-foot setback.

The City Council expects to consider the matter again at its Oct. 12 meeting.

In other matters presented at the Aug. 24 session, the council issued a proclamation honoring longtime Dunwoody activist Bev Wingate, declaring her birthday, Sep. 9, Bev Wingate Day.

“Bev was an integral member of the Founding Committee for the Incorporation of the City of Dunwoody, where her insight, professional expertise and historical knowledge of Dunwoody contributed to the efforts of the committee,” the proclamation read. “Bev helped guide the resolution for the incorporation of the City of Dunwoody in 2008 and continued her service on various city committees.”

Wingate, often called “one of Dunwoody’s founding parents,” said she was “incredibly honored” to be recognized by the council.

“Everything I have done for Dunwoody, I have received back 10 times,” she said.

She said she was grateful to her late husband, Windy, who “loved this community just as I do.”

In other council action, officials passed on second reading an amended resolution allowing temporary signs to be erected in front of city business establishments.

“Although I am hesitant to vote for this, we recognize that we are helping our restaurants and retail shops to survive,” Councilman John Heneghan said.

The City Council also:

• Passed on second reading a resolution calling for a referendum that would allow citizens to vote on whether or not to authorize Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages by the drink and by the package from 11 a.m. to midnight.

• Heard a report on a new road widening project at Chamblee-Dunwoody and Womack roads that would allow for turn lanes. The project, which is fully funded, will begin in 2022 and cost roughly $2 million.

• Heard an update from Assistant Finance Director Richard Platto regarding the city’s capital improvement program, which would be funded by sales tax money, the hotel-motel tax and the general capital projects fund. Most of 2021 funds, totaling about $5.1 million will be spent on transportation-related projects.

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