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Johns Creek council approves rezoning for new subdivisions
by Nicole Dow
May 21, 2013 01:01 PM | 2431 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Plans for two new subdivisions in Johns Creek moved forward Monday as city councilmembers unanimously approved rezoning cases to allow for residential development.

Council authorized a 224-acre section of land at the 10800 block of Bell Road to be rezoned from an agricultural district to a community unit plan district to allow for a 646-lot single-family gated subdivision, adding 18 conditions onto the developer’s application.

Among the conditions was the requirement of a single-lane roundabout at the main driveway entrance of the subdivision. Conditions also required that only up to 15 percent of houses in the development may be 2,250 square feet. The rest must be larger in size.

David Kornbluh of the Johns Creek Community Association spoke in opposition to the proposed plans on behalf of residents of the nearby Foxdale Reserve and Estates subdivision. Some of the neighbors’ concerns included the location of the subdivision’s entrances, the density of the development, and the wear and tear on Bell Road.

“We want to see this property developed responsibly,” said neighbor Lee Goss. “We’d love to work with [the developer] in terms of developing this piece of property, but we also want to think about what is most appropriate for the community five, 10, 15 and 25 years down the road.”

Neighbors of a planned seven-unit subdivision on the 10500 block of Buice Road attended Monday’s council meeting in support of the proposed development yet requested one of the eight conditions of the rezoning application be removed.

The residents of the nearby Herrington Cove subdivision, the developers and the city’s planning commission were all in agreement to nix the condition requested by the city’s planning and zoning staff requiring the new development to have a road connecting to Herrington Cove.

Mayor pro tem Bev Miller, who led the meeting in Mayor Mike Bodker’s absence, said it’s rare for residents and rezoning applicants to be in agreement, and while she supports connectivity of neighborhoods, it did not seem appropriate in this case.

The property was rezoned from agricultural to residential.

Residents’ main concern regarding the proposed connector road was that it would encourage motorists to use their neighborhood as a pass through to get from Buice Road to Jones Bridge Road, which could make it dangerous for the children of the subdivision who often play in the cul-de-sac street.

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