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Dunwoody’s City Council approved All Saints’ Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) request at their May 26 meeting.
In March, the City Council deferred the approval of the master plan pending the outcome of a hydrology study. After reviewing the study, the city engineer presented his evaluation at the May 26 meeting and advised the city that the water management system was adequate for the property. When the Council asked to hear from a parish representative, Fr. Dan Rogaczewski discussed All Saints’ current and future needs, and how our parish would benefit from having the master plan approved.
Included in All Saints’ master plan are revised entrance and exits, water management system in four locations on the property, new church structure, Family Center, and as needed, a parking facility on the south side of the property and a relocated and revised Kiernan Administration Building to replace Kiernan Hall.
Having received City approval, All Saints can move forward with this master plan. Construction is planned to begin in April of 2016.
The Dunwoody City Council tabled our request for the Special Land Use Permit at the March 23rd meeting, requiring All Saints Catholic Church to submit a hydrology study (which was not required previously) with a Land Disturbance Application.
These documents will be prepared and submitted promptly. After receipt and review of these additional documents, the Dunwoody City Council will schedule All Saints Catholic Church to discuss our request for the Special Land Use Permit to the City at an open meeting.
On Tuesday, February 10th, the church master plan was presented to the City of Dunwoody Planning Commission as part of the Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) process. The Planning Commission recommended Approval with some conditions. The first condition was that the future parking deck would have some evergreen planters on the top of the deck along the sides that face the neighbors. The second was to provide some evergreen planting in the back area of the property so they can grow and provide screening from the future parking deck. This is another positive step in the process. The application will be discussed at a City Council “work session” meeting on Monday, March 9th, and then presented to the Mayor and Council at the Monday, March 23rd City Council meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to obtain a Special Land Use Permit for the overall master plan that could be built out in phases.
On Thursday, February 5th, the variances for a stream buffer encroachment and an increase in the lot coverage were withdrawn from the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the board accepted that withdrawal. The reason is that the city code changed on January 26th, to allow up to 60% lot coverage, and the church no longer needed that variance. Also, the church moved a detention pond to be in a water run-off detention system under the parking lot and that eliminated the need for a stream buffer variance.
These are positive steps as we approach the next stage in the process, which is to present the master plan to the City of Dunwoody Planning Commission on Tuesday, February 10th.
There have been several meetings held with parishioners and other interested groups, including our neighbors, and on December 8th, with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. The presentations were well received, as well as questions from those in attendance. The yellow “Public Hearing” sign near the Church entrance and the one at the intersection of Jett Ferry Road are announcing the first of two hearings that the City of Dunwoody Council will be having.
The first hearing will take place on January 6, and the second on February 23, 2015. Since we submitted our initial plans to the City of Dunwoody, they asked us to look at moving our entrance to Jett Ferry Road, adding more parking, and other accommodations to help with our water runoff. At that time we decided to explore our options to maximize the use of our 11.24 acres of land to attain the maximum square footage for the future of All Saints and redevelop a Master Plan. Our Architects, assisted by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will be making presentations at the meeting on January 6, to the city council. (As many know, the church property is officially owned by the Archdiocese and is in the name of the Archbishop.) Approval from the City of Dunwoody may come sometime in March 2015. The Master Plan at this point resides on drawings called Schematic Design documents, which basically provide square footage for the proposed buildings with general breakdown of space usage.
Video of the architect’s December 8, presentation was posted on YouTube by Councilman John Heneghan, which can be viewed by clicking here. There have been some alterations to the plans shown in the video, as there will continue to be throughout this process. One change includes adding a parking deck on the back side of the property with the ramification of relocating the building commonly known as the Scout Hut.
On January 6th, we appeared before the City of Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals seeking four variances for our Master Plan. Two of the variances were approved unanimously and two were deferred until next month. The Zoning Board wanted more clarification as to the water run-off in relation to the impervious area and stream buffer. This is already being addressed by Cornerstone Site Consultants, LLC. About twenty people attended the meeting, three of our neighbors said they had not received our letter of notification dated October 30, 2014, to present our proposed Master Plan. This surprised us as we mailed letters out not only to those whose property touches ours, but many within the close proximity of our property.
Regarding the additional parking; specifically the parking deck which will be two levels above the lower parking lot making it the same level as the top parking lot. As the Master Plan continues to be phased in, Kiernan Hall would be replaced, and by this time our Scout Programs and Knights of Columbus would already be meeting in a far more spacious place in our new Family Center.