Since Alpharetta doesn’t have an ordinance on its books that allows for transferring development rights, North American Properties would have no guarantees that it could get rights to apartments from another site.
The city’s Planning Commission recommended this as the way the developer could build its mixed-use Avalon project at the former Prospect Park site and still keep the 250 rental units above retail shops it says are critical.
“We don’t have a TDR [transfer of development rights] ordinance on our books. So absent that ordinance, there’s not a smooth, clean process about which to do a transfer of development rights,” said Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard.
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“But absent that, North American could try to reach a private agreement with a development that