Atlanta City Council approved a new zoning ordinance (SPI-9) for Buckhead covering a significant part of the Buckhead commercial area generally west of Piedmont Avenue and north of Pharr Road.
According to the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the new zoning ordinance positions Buckhead to become “a more walkable, urban community enriched with public art and parks, wide sidewalks, greenspace, transportation options, and outdoor dining, all designed to have international appeal.” The ordinance defines street treatments, facades, sidewalk widths, signage, greenspace, and other public elements intended to create a cohesive feel to the community and help developers position their developments with consideration of public space.
You can review the approved ordinance here.
After a month of negotiations between Cathedral of Christ the King and Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association, the Cathedral’s proposed plans to expand the parking deck into the neighborhood and for an increase in the square footage of other proposed buildings heads to the the Development and Transportation Committee of Neighborhood Planning Unit B on April 21. From there the plans go to the next NPU B Zoning Committee meeting and then to the full NPU B board.
“We’d been talking to the cathedral for 18 months and we were surprised to learn that the permit details were different than some of the plans we’d talked about,” said Sue Roberts, president of the neighborhood association.
According to the association’s letter, “after many months of discussions that were long on expansion concepts and short on specifics, the Cathedral filed its applications without our support. The applications detailed a greater scope of expansion than had previously been revealed to us.”
The Garden Hills neighborhood supports the Cathedral.