Thursday, July 2, 2009

Zoning Board Meets, Independence Day

The City of Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals will meet 7 p.m. tonight at Dunwoody City Hall. Among the hot-button items on the agenda: the Branches asking for a variance to add lights to a tennis court and the Goddard School asking for a variance to cut into a buffer zone to build a playground behind its proposed location at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway (click on photo to enlarge).
Here's my two cents worth, as I understand the proposals. The Branches should be allowed to add lights to its tennis court. The lights would be deflected as to only shine on the court, and from what I understand would be turned off by 9 pm. As for the Goddard School (which is waiting to sign a lease on the property in question), I empathize with the neighbors behind the school's location. Zoning calls for a 75-foot buffer zone, and I see no reason why that buffer zone should be compromised. Neighbors are not only concerned with the potential noise that the new playground would bring, but more importantly the encroachment into the stream that separates their properties from the commercial buildings in Dunwoody Village. It should be an intriguing meeting.
The 4th of July is just two days away and makes me think of the song Independence Day by Martina McBride. The song has nothing to do with the 4th of July, but is still on my playlist! (Click on photo to play video).

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