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New homes OK’d at Houze and Rucker roads in Roswell
by Joan Durbin
August 28, 2013 12:26 PM | 1866 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new 44-home single family subdivision will be built on land fronting both Houze and Rucker roads in Roswell.

Council members on Monday approved a rezoning petition that will allow the construction on the three two-acre parcels with the average lot width at 60 rather than 80 feet.

The hearing on the application had been delayed for two weeks while the developers, William and David Hole, met with representatives of nearby neighborhoods to hammer out conditions that would make the new development acceptable to existing residents.

Among the conditions is that there will be no vehicular or pedestrian access between the new subdivision and the adjacent neighborhood of Crabapple Reserve. Residents there “are very opposed to a pathway or connectivity,” an officer of the homeowners association told council.

But a resident of Crabapple Registry said his neighborhood was forced to accept a pedestrian path to another neighborhood when the Registry was built, so this new subdivision should get the same treatment.

“I am concerned about eliminating the pedestrian connection. It seems like some inequity between this development and Ashton Woods development next door to us. The council required connectivity there,” said Anthony Russell.

“I think homeowners in my subdivision will be disappointed at being treated differently.

“I think they’ll come back and ask a lot of questions about how we can make our trail go away.”

Councilman Kent Igleheart noted this “was an interesting point. That’s a tough one to consider. But out of respect for the extensive work done by both sides, I think I will go along with this.”

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