DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody City Council listened to a proposal and public input regarding a myriad of zoning regulations for the Dunwoody Village District that will create a sense of “downtown” for the area. 

At the Aug. 10 meeting of the council, Caleb Racicot, a planner with TSW Design, presented an overview of the proposed changes, which includes a centralized district that would create a “real heart for the city of Dunwoody.”

“The first step we did with working with the community was making sure that the master plan was still relevant, which it certainly was,” Racicot said. “We have had a lot of public outreach, including a community forum that more than 200 people attended.”

The proposed regulations would require new developments to upgrade streetscapes to include 8- to 12-foot sidewalks, install street lights and benches, and place most utilities underground. In addition, the existing overlay would be replaced by new Dunwoody Village districts that would encompass commercial, residential, office, residential zones, and would put in place rules regarding building types and heights and construction materials.

The council had several questions about the proposal, including right-of-way regulations, setbacks around the village and the impact the new zoning regulations would have on Dunwoody United Methodist Church, the only religious property encompassed in the district.

The scope of the project incorporates the passage of several different ordinances, including the new regulations, an updated master plan, and the rezoning of several properties to reflect the different uses within the district. There was no action taken on the plan. The items will be on the August 24 agenda for a second hearing.

The council also heard from Perimeter CID representative Ann Hanlon about a proposed extension to the Ashford Dunwoody eastbound on-ramp. Hanlon reported that funding had been obtained for the project’s design and construction, which is projected to cost about $2 million and begin in December 2021. The council unanimously approved Hanlon’s request for the city to sponsor the project, a move that will entitle the CID for state funds.

Mayor Lynn Deutsch also swore in the newest member of the Dunwoody Police Department, Will Smith, who recently graduated from Fulton County’s police training program.

In other action, the council:

• Approved $55,250 for the removal of a tree on Spalding Drive.

• Heard from finance director Linda Nabers that the recent pandemic has resulted in about $1 reduction in expenditures that had been allocated in the 2020 budget.

• Heard an update from city auditor William Mulcahy regarding the quarterly audit, which indicated that “everything is as according to charter.”

• Heard public comments regarding temporary signs within the city and the cancellation of recycling and hazardous waste disposal events because of COVID-19.

The next council meeting will be held on August 24.

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