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Alpharetta approves subdivision with higher density
by Rachel Kellogg
October 30, 2013 02:41 PM | 1837 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a split decision from city council members, a new 27-home subdivision has been approved at the corner of Wills Road and Rucker Road.

Monday’s approval entails a rezoning of the 8.65-acre property to allow for medium-density detached housing instead of low-density.

All city council members were in favor of approving the project, but one condition placed on the approval by Mayor David Belle Isle caused a 4-3 vote.

That condition said “no less than six homes should be less than 2,800 sq ft.” in size.

Belle Isle said he realizes the area, which is near downtown, is “a transitional area in terms of zoning” but said he wanted to make sure home values stayed high.

“There is a tendency to build something as cheap and as small as you can and I think over time that’s not going to help push things in the right direction,” he said.

Councilmen Mike Kennedy, Chris Owens and Michael Cross, who voted against the motion were in favor of approving the development without the mayor’s size condition.

Other conditions placed on the approval say the homes must be at least 15 feet apart from each other and builders cannot use vinyl siding. Instead “an emphasis should be placed on stone, brick and other natural materials.”

But it wasn’t only council members who had issues with the spacing of the homes in the development. Several residents who spoke at the council meeting were on board with the project, but expressed concern about the higher density zoning.

Christine Zimmerman, who lives on the nearby Arrowood Court, said the city’s comprehensive land use plan was created to keep some areas in the city spaced out, creating more variety.

“If everything keeps getting asked to be high-density residential and we keep approving this,” she said. “What’s that going to turn Alpharetta into?”

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