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Inside Up in the trees Brook Run Park to install ‘obstacle course’ COMMUNITY 2

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MAY 16 — MAY 29, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 10

Listen up! Advice offered to high school grads

Hear the beat before you eat


Born a boxer Sandy Springs fighter prepares to defend title AROUND TOWN 7

Crutches, canes Local Rotary club recyles medical items MAKING A DIFFERENCE 10

Gotta pull over Josh Palgon, left, and Tony Castillo lead the Dunwoody High School Marching Band’s Drumline through Brook Run Park, helping kick off the first Food Truck Thursday on May 1. More photos on page 20.

Marvel over a metal horse, folk art and ‘piggy hill’ ROAD TRIPS 14-15

City Council considering changes to zoning codes BY JOE EARLE


Builders: New standards could slow growth BY JOE EARLE

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Brett Hensley says he just wanted to wash his boat. But when he brought his 27-foot boat home from storage and parked it in his yard, one of his neighbors complained to the city. Soon, Hensley said, city officials told him he was violating the city’s new land development and zoning regulations because it wasn’t on a concrete pad. “All I wanted to do was to have my boat for one to two weeks to wash it,” he said. “I can’t even bring it home and wash it.” Hensley said it turned out the concrete pad provisions had been included in a draft version of the new code, but somehow didn’t make it into the final code, so he wasn’t breaking the law. Now city officials want to put the requirement back in the code. On May 12, Hensley stood in front of Dunwoody City Council to tell his story as the council took up a round of proposed revisions to the zoning and development codes adopted last year. He said he’s looked at other communities’ codes and believes

A controversial revision to Dunwoody’s building standards could be taken up by Dunwoody City Council this summer. The proposal – which requires some buildings be built of sturdier, but costlier materials – has drawn criticism from builders and developers’ representatives, who say it will slow development in Dunwoody. “You have an enviable formula. Don’t mess with the formula,” Michael Paris, CEO of the Council for Quality Growth, told members of Dunwoody City Council during their April 21 meeting. Dunwoody’s standards now require buildings more than five stories tall be made with a metal-and-concrete construction. Shorter buildings can be built with wooden structures, called “brickand-stick” construction. Some city officials are proposing requiring the more expensive metal-and-concrete structures for buildings more than three stories tall. “We’re talking about a change that will increase construction




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05-16-2014 Dunwoody Reporter