No Encroachment into Tall Oaks/Benton Woods Neighborhood for Buffers or O-I Rezoning sign now

Re: RZ07-023/CV07-022 Alpha7 LLC
ZM07-004/CV07-015
5416 & 5424 Glenridge Drive
357 & 367 Tall Oaks Drive (rear)

We are opposed to encroachment by commercial/office development into the Benton Woods/Tall Oaks subdivision in any way shape or form, for the following reasons:

1. The residential property on Tall Oaks is designated as part of a protected neighborhood under the current Sandy Springs CLUP and should remain residential in nature and character.
2. If the residential property on Tall Oaks is rezoned it would represent spot zoning and an incursion into a viable residential neighborhood as it would be bordered on 3 sides by residential.
3. The current residential zoning is still viable as demonstrated by new construction of an 8,000 square foot home on the adjacent lot.
4. Based on preliminary elevations, the construction of a three-story parking deck would create a towering and unsightly appearance, uncharacteristic of our neighborhood, thus negatively impacting property values.
5. Approval of this type of spot zoning could set a dangerous precedent for residential neighborhoods behind commercial/office/institutional property along Roswell Road. It may encourage undesirable commercial expansion into residential neighborhoods anywhere.
6. The current property owner purchased and built the office building at 5424 Glenridge Drive in 2002, at which time Fulton County made the stipulation that no above ground parking deck would be allowed. In 2007, they purchased the 2 Tall Oaks residential properties and subsequently a second O-I building at 5416 Glenridge Drive, knowing that parking on this O-I property may be inadequate for their intended purposes. By acquiring these three properties they took the calculated risk that they could build a parking deck in spite of established zoning regulations. This is a self-imposed hardship. Therefore, they should not be allowed to solve their parking problem to the detriment of the neighborhood.
7. The proposed addition of 70 parking spaces may have a large negative impact, increasing traffic congestion on Glenridge Drive. The addition would double its current parking spaces.
8. There is potential negative environmental impact as the proposed parking deck would increase the impervious surfaces and encroach into required stream buffers. Also, a retention basin is currently located in the required buffer between commercial and residential properties.

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Tabitha DuarteBy:
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