The proposed contract fee was $98,200 with the city allocating a budget of $100,000.
“Plans for the zoning district is something that has been contemplated since early 2012,” said City Planner Rebecca Keefer. “We realized that the Perimeter Center area had a different development characterization than the rest of the city and needed its own district.”
She said the district came about to ensure high quality development as the area continues its transition from a suburban commercial district into a more contemporary urban center.
“With this zoning district, the city is aiming at having a cohesive Perimeter Community Improvement District design, or PCID, in the area,” Keefer said.
Developments for the district are already in the works under the new zoning district ordinances.
Phase one of development will include businesses, such as State Farm on Hammond Drive as well as other office complexes and hotels.
“Further north on Ashford Dunwoody, there is about four retail and restaurant sites with a Hampton Inn also being discussed,” Keefer said.
A Renaissance Hotel by Marriot and other retail stores could also go in on Ashford Dunwoody Road.
“Throughout the creations of a comprehensive land use plan for the city, the community designated several areas as ‘character areas’ with specific land use goals and character features, with Perimeter Center being one of them,” said Keefer.
And, she said, the project could be a potential guide for future development in the Brookhaven and Sandy Springs areas.
“This is a Dunwoody specific process but there is potential that our adopted codes could serve as a guide for Brookhaven and Sandy Springs, both of which often work closely with Dunwoody concerning development,” Keefer said.
She said the dynamics of the project warrant considerable outreach based on the extent of stakeholder interests including the improvement districts and their respective boards and property owners, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven and the resident community at large, all of whom have vested interests in the outcome of the district.
Duncan Associates proposed a timeline of up to 13 months for this project.
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