DeKalb Commission approves expansion of Northlake density

FILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: DeKalb County held a public participation meeting on April 13 to review a text amendment that could double density on Parklake Drive in Northlake. If the text amendment passes, multi-family units will be allowed to increase from 30 units per acre to 60 units per acre.

Tucker,GA — It was a busy meeting for DeKalb County development plans on May 26, when DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability held an hours-long meeting.

In Northlake, an application to allow higher density at 2175 Parklake Drive passed unanimously. The amendment allows an increase from 30 to 60 units per acre. Neighboring properties subject to the amendment are The Hampton Inn, apartments and an office building occupied by the U.S. Immigration Service.

Gray Co. plans to build multi-family units, live-work units and ground floor retail.

According to Tucker City Council member Anne Lerner, the Northlake District is 80% in the city of Tucker and 20% in unincorporated DeKalb County.

“I am not pleased with this zoning change because it was not part of a comprehensive approach to the Northlake District. Whether through a united effort or annexation, standards and consistency in the zoning process, code enforcement, and comprehensive planning must be achieved for the success and sustainability of the Northlake District,” Lerner said.

Brandon White, DeKalb County Planning, said the applicant and development team met with community stakeholders, and “everyone’s generally satisfied.” But Lerner said she reached out to DeKalb County Commissioners Robert Patrick and Lorraine Cochran-Johnson after learning about the proposal from a third party.

Lerner was active in drafting the Northlake Overlay, which is used by DeKalb County and Tucker.

“Will DeKalb County improve the infrastructure in that area? One only needs to drive down Parklake Drive to see the road at the very least needs to be repaved. Will they ensure the Northlake Overlay design standards are met during construction? Will they complete timely inspections to ensure the safety of the future residents periodically? Will they enforce code violations? Prior experiences make me pause,” she said.

In other news:

DeKalb Planning unanimously passed an application to rezone 1493 LaVista Road near Briarcliff Road in Toco Hill. Currently zoned OI (office industrial), the approval will allow MR2 (mixed residential) zoning for a better transition to residential use, said DeKalb planning staff.

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