Vote No On The Memorial Drive Overlay District
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Dear DeKalb County Board of Commissioners,
We, the undersigned residents of DeKalb County are requesting that our elected officials vote against the Memorial Drive Overlay District as it is currently proposed.
This proposed overlay project effectively removes public notice and input from the community. While we strongly support good development for Memorial Drive, our expectation is to have processes in place that include notification of the community for all proposed development AND a process for community input and commissioner approval. It is also our hope that you will work to correct the serious deficiencies in the enforcement of our county codes by Code Enforcement and Planning, as this would help to make our area much more attractive to good development.
Overlay districts of record in other locations are quite effective when they are used as detailed planning and land use tools that add additional and very specific restrictions and incentives to the current zoning. As such, they also allow much more protection and oversight for the community. This proposed project does not do this.
While this overlay proposal limits some uses, it opens up many more allowed and unstated uses that will be decided ONLY by the DeKalb Director of Planning. This one person does not answer to us, the residents of DeKalb County, nor to you, our elected officials.
The zoning processes currently in place do allow developers to bring large developments to Memorial Drive by going through a process which includes community notification, the community council, and a final vote by you, our elected officials. These processes allow development to come in, but still ensure appropriate input and protects for the community. We respectfully request that these protections not be removed as proposed.
When we elected each of you, we expected that status quo in DeKalb Government would no longer be acceptable. If all decisions about development fall into the hands of one person, the door is open for selectivity and bias. An affirmative vote for this version of the Memorial Drive Overlay takes away our communities' ability to protect and guide development now and for future generations. You also will be removing yourselves from your duty to ensure and encourage good development for our county by partnering with the communities you represent.
We, the undersigned, urge you to vote NO on the Kensington-Memorial Drive Overlay District.
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