For my constituents who live south of I-85 in the Toco Hills/North Druid Hills area, I am writing to notify you of a crucial rezoning meeting this Wednesday, August 20.
A developer is proposing to build a mammoth apartment complex along North Druid Hills Road between Merry Lane and the Alzheimer’s care facility. This proposal is the most egregious encroachment into a residential neighborhood I have seen during my time in public service. It reaches into the interior of the Merry Hills subdivision and includes two single-family lots on the cul-de-sac at the end of North Holly Lane.
If this developer (Ashkouti Development) is permitted to build in Merry Hills, it would set a terrible precedent for future high-density projects affecting the residential neighborhoods in the Toco Hills/North Druid Hills community.
Other neighborhoods have prevailed when developers overreach, but winning these battles requires citizens to attend the rezoning meetings. The first such meeting is Wednesday. Here are details about the meeting taken directly from an e-mail from the Merry Hills Homeowners Association:
This is a request for residents to come and speak about the Ashkouti proposal on North Druid Hills (NDH) at the upcoming Community Council meeting. The meeting represents the first stage of approvals the developers are requesting, which is a land use change from “Suburban” to “Town Center” land use designation which will then subsequently enable them to request the desired upzoning if approved this round.
The meeting is Wednesday August 20th, 6:30pm at the Mason Mill Recreation Center.
The Community Council has a very lengthy agenda this month that includes, among others, a parallel request for the much larger N. Williamsburg project proposed at Clairmont and NDH, a request for the redevelopment of the Executive Park, and a similar change at Emory for their new health sciences plan. You may need to wait up to an hour before the item is called, but your attendance and voices are critically important to inform decision-makers how you feel about this proposal.
The Community Council will listen and then make a recommendation to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners on this land use change application. You are invited to attend those meetings as well in September and we will remind you of those as they come up. I’m sure many people will want to speak, but typically the community has 10 minutes to speak. If you are certain you will attend and want to speak please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate everyone coming out!