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Published on December 23rd, 2015 |


Sandy Springs planning unit denies Galloway School sports complex

The Sandy Springs Planning Commission has rejected a plan by Buckhead’s Galloway School to build a 8.36-acre sports complex on a 100-year-floodplain on High Point Road in south Sandy Springs, just across the Atlanta city line from north Buckhead.

Announced in October, the Galloway project consists of building a multi-sport facility on the parcel. The school already operates one sports complex off Defoor Ferry Road in Buckhead that opened in 2007.

Commission members denied the application by a 5-0 vote, to develop the complex on land zoned residential. The school was seeking a special-use permit and two variances – a curb cut from a dead-end street and encroachments on the 50-foot buffer and 10-foot setback from a local road – to allow the property to be used for recreational purposes.

Residents living near the property brought several issues to the commission’s attention such as an increase in traffic, increased flooding risks due to impervious surface to the type of groundwork in the facility and danger to animals living there.

The application will still go before the Sandy Springs City Council on Jan. 19.

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