According to Boards Administrator Kathi Cook, the LCI must be updated every five years so the city can remain eligible for grant funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Prior to the vote, Cook verified for Councilman Chris Owens that the document can be reviewed and amended after the update is approved.
Owens said he would like for council to take a “fresh look at uses outlined in the study,” especially in regard to housing goals.
“Given the age of the plan and some of the other concerns around the mall, it might be worth taking another look at it,” he said of the plan that was created in 2007.
But not every member of council was willing to approve the plan’s five-year update as it is written.
Councilmen D.C. Aiken and Jim Gilvin voted against the update, making the approval a 5-2 win.
Gilvin explained that he “can’t support” the plan because past development projects he opposed — such as the MetLife mixed-use development at Haynes Bridge Road near Ga. 400 that was approved in early 2011 — were “justified by this LCI.”
Gilvin said he is not against mixed-use developments, having supported the Avalon project, but he said, “I don’t believe we can continue that type of intense development without negatively impacting our quality of life here.”
Though the update passed and the document and a project list will be submitted to the Atlanta Regional Commission, according to city staff, “the project list does not have to be all inclusive and it can be revised over time.”