After a rather lengthy discussion about tree canopy and shrubbery, the Alpharetta City Council approved a comprehensive land use plan amendment and rezoning to allow Valor Christian Academy to locate in an existing building previously used as a daycare center at 4665 Webb Bridge Road.
Approval came with five standard conditions.
The debate for approval ensued over a double row of 3-foot shrubs to screen the parking lot and auto headlights from the road and the neighborhood across the street. A report engaged by the school expressed safety concerns that a thick line of shrubbery could create an opportunity for a school shooter to lurk.
The city was able to compromise by requiring shrubs that will eventually reach a maximum of 3 feet tall and these will be disbursed as much as 10 feet apart. Normally the city would require installation of shrubs that are already 3-feet tall.