Decatur City Commission denies request for subdividing portion of Oakhurst Dog ParkThe location of the Oakhurst Dog Park. Source: Google Maps
Decatur City Commissioners on May 18 voted to deny a request from a developer to subdivide a half acre lot that’s part of the Oakhurst Dog Park.
The developer sought to buy the roughly half-acre of property from its current owner, the Boys and Girls Club. The park is located on East Lake Drive. The developer wants to build homes there.
Commissioners voted unanimously against the petition to subdivide the property, even as the developer – Weaver Capital – argued the city acted improperly by beginning negotiations with the Boys and Girls Club to buy the entire property. Supporters of the dog park spoke for more than an hour, urging commissioners to reject the petition to subdivide the lot.
Mayor Jim Baskett said the city stood to lose far more than it would gain by approving the subdivision request.
“When I look at the way it’s been used and I look at what could be lost here, with just so little to gain I can’t personally come to any other conclusion that this is not in the general best welfare of our community,” Baskett said.
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