Oakcliff Mixed-Use Development Rides a Rollercoaster of Recommendations

Zoning Review Board disagrees with the NPU rezoning recommendation to approve the retail and townhome development.
Source: Official Site Plan
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Applicant Resurgence Consulting submitted plans requiring a zoning change to the City of Atlanta for a property located at 257 Oakcliff Road NW. The requested rezoning would increase density, allowing the construction of 217-unit multifamily residential units within eighty-five townhome structures along with retail on the 20-acre parcel.

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Earlier this month, Neighborhood Planning Unit-H reviewed and recommended conditional approval of the request to rezone the property from R-4 (Single Family Residential) to MR-2 (Low-Density Residential) despite the recommendation of denial from City Planners. However, the Zoning Review Board agreed with Staff’s findings and recommended denial of the land use requests during the November 18th meeting.

What Now Atlanta previously reported the proposed rezoning of 257 Oakcliff Rd NW was intended to provide a retail, townhouse, and multifamily development that will add to the diversity of housing options along Oakcliff Rd NW without disrupting the existing typology in the area. In addition, this development was said to offer more residential options for the increased demand for housing in this area.

The eighty-five buildings will contain 87 1 bedroom/1 bath units renting at $1,575 monthly. The 45 – 2 bedroom/2 bath units will have monthly rental dues of $2,287. The units will be 700 to 1,056 square feet in size.

According to City Planners, the reason for the recommendation of denial include that the proposed rezoning would not be compatible with the existing land use and that an amendment to low-density residential would not be appropriate with the current single-family residential land uses in the immediate vicinity. Further, Staff concluded that the proposed rezoning would have an adverse effect on the balance of land uses in the area and is inconsistent with NPU-H land use policy of “preserve the single-family residential character of NPU-H, in all neighborhoods,” “encourage infill development that is compatible with surrounding uses,” and “maintain the boundaries of commercial, industrial, and institutional uses without encroaching into single-family residential areas.”

Despite the varying recommendations from City Planners, the NPU, and the Zoning Review Board, the Atlanta City Council will render the final decision on the rezoning request for the rezoning on December 6, 2021.

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Photo: Google Maps | Westside Atlanta’s Oakcliff neighborhood.

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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