Spivey Lake development in Stone Mountain delayed at zoning meeting

Mosaic Communities wants to build a neighborhood of cottages, duplexes and single-family homes surrounding historic Hugh Spivey Lake in Stone Mountain. Image obtained via Google Maps

Tucker, GA — After months of meetings, negotiations and revisions, Mosaic Communities has won over many neighbors of Norman Road who once stood in opposition.

On a 34-acre lot surrounding Hugh Spivey Lake in Stone Mountain, The Cottages at Spivey Lake – a mix of 120 fee-simple cottages, single family homes, duplexes and attached dwellings – has been deferred to Tuesday, Feb. 8.

DeKalb County planning department stamped it for approval, calling the development “innovative” at the Jan. 27 zoning meeting.

“The proposal meets a number of our comprehensive planning goals as it relates to housing diversity, housing affordability, trying to provide this missile missing middle housing that you hear about frequently on the news and other outlets,” said DeKalb County Planning Manager Brandon White.

“Over the past couple months, I would say, there has been a positive collaboration between the development group, county staff and the community to refine this proposal,” said White.

Neighbors and DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation supervisors remain split on the development, citing concerns over environmental safety and affordability.

“I’ve been involved with this process from very early on. I don’t agree that it’s reached a level of density that’s appropriate for this community that we can feel comfortable with. I have discussed this with many of my neighbors that are next door and around [the development], and they too have continued to express their concerns,” said resident Oona Powell.

Jan Dunaway, DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor, said The Cottages at Spivey Lake will set a precedent for future development under RSM (Small Lot Residential) zoning.

DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry said the development addresses missing middle housing needs.

“What you saw on the site plan was a real effort to come to consensus. This is a delicate site,” said Terry, referring to the manmade lake and tree coverage. “I appreciate the additional conditions that we have been working on to stress the environmental remediation of the lake. I’ve walked around the site, and I’ve seen where the lake really is struggling ecologically. The opportunity to do some cleanup and restoration is really exciting. I think it’s something that’s really needed.”

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