Builders Professional Group submitted an application to DeKalb County requesting a rezoning from R-100 (Residential Medium Lot-100) to R-75 (Residential Small Lot-75) to construct a single-family, detached residential subdivision on twelve acres located at 5277 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain. The property currently contains a single-family home and is guided for suburban growth, according to the DeKalb Comprehensive Plan.
On January 6, 2022, the County Planning Commission conditionally recommended approval of the request for the rezoning to R-75. The DeKalb County Commissioners will consider the rezoning request during their January 27, 2022, regular meeting.
According to the application documents, since last November, the Board of Commissioners has been meeting the applicant, which consequently included the submission of a revised rezoning application from the initial request of R-60 (minimum 6,000 square foot lots) to R-75 (minimum 10,000 square foot lots).
The rezoning concept includes a 27-lot, single-family, residential subdivision with 10,000 square foot lots, 24% open space, and an amenity area. The concept plan submitted by the applicant indicates the proposed subdivision will provide one access to Rockbridge Road, a two-lane minor arterial road with curb and gutter and no sidewalks. In addition, the revised plan eliminated the secondary access to Wexford Lane on the southwest corner of the site. The anticipated square footage of the homes will be 2,000 or more with a listed sales price of at least $250,000.
Based on County documents, the property is located in an area of the County that is predominantly zoned R-100. Surrounding uses include single-family, detached homes in R-100 zoned subdivisions to the northwest, south, east, and west. Additionally, according to the analysis conducted by County Planners, the submitted site plan does not indicate compliance with the perimeter lot compatibility requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, which requires lots along the external boundary of the site to be at least 80% as large and 80% as wide as abutting single-family lots. Further, County Planners have indicated that the concept plan does not appear to comply with the minimum front and rear building setbacks required by the Zoning Ordinance, likely requiring an adjustment to the concept plan before subdivision approval.