Developer offering a 57-unit apartment complex in the Oakhurst district of Decatur – Decaturish
This story has been updated.
Decatur, Georgia – A developer is proposing the construction of a 57-unit apartment complex in the Oakhurst district of Decatur.
The apartment complex would be located at 750 East Lake Drive, which the city says currently houses 17 multi-family units. The property would need to be rezoned from single-family to multi-family residential for development to proceed. The applicant for the zoning change is BFG Investments, LLC.
The Planning Commission will study the rezoning request at its meeting on October 12, which will begin at 7 p.m. Attendance instructions can be found at the end of this article. Once the town planning commission has acted, it will ultimately be up to the municipal commission to approve the project. City staff recommends that the Planning Commission postpone any action until November 9.
“The submission of the application is incomplete,” the staff report said, explaining the recommendation to postpone. âAn inclusive housing plan is needed to show how development will comply with the Compulsory Inclusive Housing Ordinance. “
Under the city’s Inclusion Zoning Ordinance, six of the 57 units are expected to be affordable. Decatur’s Inclusion Zoning Ordinance requires new residential developments of at least five new housing units to set aside 10 percent of the units for households earning less than 80 percent of the area’s median income. (AMI) for rental housing, or buyers making less than 120 percent of the MAI for owner-occupied housing. When the Decatur City Commission added inclusionary zoning to the city code in 2020, the region’s median income was $ 82,700 for a family of four.
The developer cites affordable housing in its rezoning application to the city.
âWe will be one of the first developments in the City of Decatur to follow the inclusive zoning ordinance,â the developer’s request states. ” â¦ What’s more (sic) to provide affordable and labor-intensive housing, it will help meet the growing demand for walkable urban housing at various price points.
The developer said the project would provide the city with additional âmissing linkâ housing.
âThe new development aims to mimic the classic missing mid-size Virginia-Highlands buildings and complement the surrounding properties in terms of design and will be compatible at scale with the properties that surround it,â the app says. âThe proposal would be appropriate because we are not adding any commercial, industrial or other than residential uses. In addition, the proposed use will provide a type of housing that will contribute to the diversity of housing alternatives in the neighborhood and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood.
The developer claims that the project will not have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
“The zoning proposal will not adversely affect the current use or usability of adjacent or nearby properties,” the request says. âWe aim to keep the dimension of the building comparable to the existing structure, so that the building does not appear out of place or out of scale with the neighborhood. “
Some residents are already organizing against the project because of its proximity to single-family homes in the Oakhurst area. They also argue that removing 17 older units and replacing them with a 57-unit apartment complex with six affordable units is in fact a net loss of affordable housing.
The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Commission Room at Decatur Town Hall located at 509 North McDonough Street. People can attend in person or virtually. Here are the access instructions:
1. Attend in person by reporting to Decatur Town Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street. Temperature control and the wearing of a face cover are required for entry into the building.
2. Register in advance at https://zoom.us/j/96612899339. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about whether to join the meeting. You can also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (the 11-digit number listed in the Zoom registration link).
NOTE – This meeting will use virtual meeting technology. We cannot guarantee that it will work as intended. If your participation needs to be made public, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to Ryan Sellers, Senior Planner, at [emailÂ protected] before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11.
Members of the public can also watch the live webcast of the Decatur Planning Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
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