Published on July 13th, 2015 |0
NPU-B board routinely approves 22-story condo on Peachtree Road
There was no discussion. There were no representatives from the surrounding neighborhood to oppose the application. There was no one at the meeting representing developer JPX Works, because they didn’t need to appear.
It was just one of eight properties on the Zoning Committee’s consent agenda which was approved unanimously. Just routine business when an application is approved unanimously by the NPU’s Zoning Committee as it and the other seven were the previous week.
In fact, the only people in the audience at the full board’s meeting July 7 to question an item before the Zoning Committee and Development & Transportation Committee were concerned about an application to subdivide two lots into four at 985 and 999 Carter Drive/4472 Club Drive.
That discussion did take up some time during the meeting as, one after another, Development & Transportation Committee chair Jason Kendall, Zoning Committee Chair Bill Murray and board chair Andrea Bennett, along with other board members, explained that the NPU can only review and comment on subdivision applications. It does not vote on them….unless.
The unless includes if the newly formed lots do not conform to zoning regulations or a variance is required to build on the new lots, but that generally comes later when a developer shows up with plans for construction on the new lots.
These four new lots are consistent with the city code in terms of their size, so there was no need for the NPU to provide any comment. No need for further discussion, except to make sure the concerned residents understood the NPU’s responsibility.
On another item of business, NPU chairwoman Bennett gave an update on a recent meeting of the Buckhead Community Improvement District with stakeholders—including residents and business owners—to discuss improvements to the intersection of Phipps Boulevard and Wieuca Road.
Three options were provided—two of which were to do virtually nothing, or to improve the signaling and slightly widen the intersection—both of which apparently received little favor from the stakeholders.
The third potential solution provided is the construction of a roundabout similar to the one in Emory Village, which apparently received the most favorable reaction from stakeholders.
Bennett said the next steps would be to run traffic models to see which would help alleviate traffic congestion at the busy intersection and get back to the stakeholders in this month. It will be presented to the public sometime following that.
Also, a representative of the city’s Public Works Department explained the operation of new hybrid traffic signal beacons to the NPU board members. The new beacons—six of which presently are in use in the city—are designed to protect pedestrians crossing the road in high-traffic areas and provide motorists adequate warning of the crossing pedestrians.
One of these beacons is scheduled to be installed on West Paces Ferry Road in front of the Whole Foods Market as part of a new mid-block crosswalk project that is scheduled to be a joint effort between Public Works and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.
The new beacons, which give pedestrians 30 seconds to cross the road, go from flashing yellow, to solid yellow and then to solid red. After the countdown, it goes back to flashing red signaling a four-way stop. A video of the beacon operation is on the Public Works section of the city of Atlanta’s website: www:atlantaga.gov.
The West Paces Ferry Road project, which will include a safe haven median for people crossing the road, is scheduled to begin possibly this month and to be completed before school goes back into session.