Multiple Exceptions Needed to Make Townhome Redevelopment Project Successful

Setback variances and special exceptions are being requested due to the unique shape of the Reynoldstown Neighborhood property.
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Last week, the Neighborhood Planning Unit for Reynoldstown deferred review of the side yard and transitional setback variances for the currently unnamed, seven-unit townhome project planned for 185 Flat Shoals Avenue SE and owned by Azim Peer according to planning documents submitted to the City. The redevelopment project was initially scheduled to go before Atlanta’s Board of Zoning Adjustment on November 18th, according to NPU-N’s meeting agenda.

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Designed by Atlanta-based firm Blank Design and Architecture, plans for the 15,978 square foot lot calls for the demolition of the existing single-family residential structure and the construction of seven units, ranging in size from 1,825 and 2,200 square feet each. All the townhomes will be three stories in height, contain roof decks, and be granted a two-car garage or carport. The site plan also accommodates a centrally located courtyard for additional dedicated greenspace.

The proposal requires five variances, Julian Quinn, Principal with Blank Design Architecture and applicant, writes in its variance application with the City submitted last month. They include:

  • Transitional Yard of 20′-0 reduced to 7′-0″ allowing for pedestrian walkway in the transitional yard at East and South property lines adjacent to R-5 zoning
  • Transitional Yard of 20′-0 reduced to 7′-0″ at West property line, adjacent to R-5 zoning
  • Side Yards of 15’-0″ reduced to 7’-0″ at East and West property lines
  • Rear Yard of 15’-0″ reduced to 7’-0″ at South property line

The special expectation requested would allow for a fence to exceed above the maximum height of six feet. The plans call for a six-foot wooden fence with an additional two-foot metal extension providing privacy for adjacent properties.

“Application of setbacks and transitional yards per the zoning ordinance would result in less functional floor plans, inadequate parking, and less functional open space within the property.” Quinn writes in the explanation for the hardships faced for this property.

The project also has a pending application for a zoning change from R-5/BL (Two Family Residential/Beltline Overlay) to MR-3BL (Multifamily Residential/Beltline Overlay) to allow for the mix of 2–3-bedroom townhome units.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.

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