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Johns Creek residents oppose mixed-use project on Abbotts Bridge Road
by Nicole Dow
July 10, 2013 11:04 AM | 1363 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adding to the traffic congestion on Abbotts Bridge Road is one concern some Johns Creek community members have regarding a proposed mixed-use development project near the Jones Bridge Road intersection.

Since June 24, about 300 have signed an online petition opposing a land use petition which would allow for 105 multi-family units, 5,000 square feet of office space and 5,000 square feet of retail space on the 6.88 acres of land at the 5090-5100 block of Abbotts Bridge Road. The property was previously zoned for mixed use in 2006, but the former site plan included 28 residential lofts, 25,200 square feet of retail space and 25,200 square feet of office space.

“The plan to construct a multi-family apartment unit would be a huge detriment to this area,” wrote petition signer Patricia Reihing. “The traffic from the Hillbrooke subdivision to the red light at the Jones Bridge/Abbotts Bridge intersection is already a huge problem each and every morning. We want higher quality of life, not lower.”

Though many cited traffic problems as their primary concern, other issues were raised.

“There is enough empty retail space in this area. Please don’t add any more,” Jessica Heidish said.

Petition signer Mary Witt said, “Our excellent schools will also be negatively impacted by sudden increased student enrollment.”

The city’s community development staff initially recommended denying the land use petition and concurrent variances for the mixed-use development project as the requested changes would not be consistent with Johns Creek’s comprehensive plan and would not be compatible in use and scale with the surrounding area.

The planning commission was scheduled to hear the case at its July 2 meeting, but the developer’s legal team requested deferring the public hearing to the commission’s Aug. 6 meeting in order to have a chance to digest the staff’s recommendations and modify the applications in response.

The lawyer representing the proposed project did not return calls for comment despite repeated attempts.

What's next?:
The Johns Creek Planning Commission will hear the land use petition and variances cases for the Abbotts Bridge Road mixed-use project at its Aug. 6 meeting.
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