Dawson County Planning Commission meets today

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Planning Commission will meet today (Dec. 17) at 6 p.m. in the Government Center Assembly Room, 25 Justice Way.

Planning Commissioners will hear a request by Michael Roberts for a variance to the requirement that accessory structures shall be no larger than the footprint of the primary structure or half the gross square footage, whichever is greater for the construction of a garage/storage shed.

Harley Ray is requesting to vary from the Land Use Resolution Article III, Section 307 C.3 (front & side setback reduction) for the construction of a residence.

Tim Stowers is requesting a rezoning of 10.5 acres of property located at Harmony Church Road from: R-A (Residential Agricultural) to RSR (Residential Sub-Rural).

Michelle Taber is requesting a rezoning of 2.67 acres of property located at Frank Bruce Road from: R-A (Residential Agricultural) to RSR (Residential Sub-Rural).

The Planning Commission will also present the 2020 Planning Commission Meeting Schedule and application deadlines.

 

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Planning Commission recommends denial of Pacific Group’s request for stipulations update

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Renee Duren addresses Dawson County Planning Commission Tuesday.

La79 acres from Residential Agricultural to Residential Sub-Rural and Jeffrey Cahill’s request to rezone 17.15 acres on Auraria Road from Residential Agricultural to Residential Rural Estate.

Jim King had two requests before the commission.

His request to rezone 78 acres along Ga. 400 near Kilough Church Road for construction of 120 townhomes and 240 detached homes received a recommendation of denial. But his request to rezone 40 acres along Ga. 400 from Residential Agricultural to Commercial Highway Business received a recommendation of approval.

 

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500 new residential units on planning commission agenda

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Zoning requests on Tuesday’s (Nov. 19) Planning Commission meeting could add as many as 260 townhomes and 240 detached dwellings to Dawson County if they are ultimately approved by the Board of Commissioners. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Dawson County Government Center Assembly Room, 25 Justice Way.

Planning Director Jameson Kinley said Monday that Ridgeline Land Planning, LLC is requesting property near the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Hwy. 53 be rezoned from Commercial Highway Business to Commercial Highway Business and Residential Multi Family to accommodate a 140-unit attached townhome community.

Also Jim King has requested 78 acres at Kilough Church Road and Ga. 400 be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Residential Multi Family  to accommodate 120 townhomes and 240 detached dwellings. King has also requested that 40 adjacent acres be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Commercial Highway Business.

In other business before the Planning Commission, Bentley Corners, LLC is requesting a rezoning of 1.679 acres of property located at Elliott Family Parkway from Residential Agricultural to Residential Sub-Rural.

Pacific Group, Inc. is requesting zoning stipulations update of 98 acres of property located at Dawson Forest Road West from previous zoning approvals.

Jeffrey Cahill is requesting a rezoning of 17.15 acres located at Auraria Road from Residential Agricultural to Residential Rural Estate.

 

 

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Planning Commission recommends approval of Etowah Village

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend approval of what was once known as Etowah Village – a massive 518-acre mixed use development – to the Board of Commissioners. But first, the developer had to agree to some major concessions.

The development is bordered on the east by Ga. 400 and Lumpkin Campground Road and on the West by the Etowah River. It is expected to include 338,000 square feet of retail and service space, with second- and third-floor residential spaces, 243,200 square feet of Class A office space with buildings up to ten stories; a hotel with convention center; 770 units of multi-family residences, 254 units of single-family attached home residences, a 350-unit continuing care retirement community with both independent and assisted living, 265 single-family homes dividing into three separate neighborhoods, 156 acres of parks and green space and a site dedicated to a future fire station.

One major concession is that there will be no building west of the Etowah River, a site where a trading post, and Indian burial ground once stood.

The developer also agreed there will be no access point at Hwy. 53 or Grant Road as originally planned.

Commissioner Neil Hornsey, who voted against recommending approval last April said the developer’s decision not to build west of the Etowah River and the removal of access points off Hwy. 53 and Grant Road convinced him to vote in favor of the project.

“We know something is coming here and we got some concessions, so I’m willing to support it,” he said.

Commissioner John Maloney agreed. “The biggest concern I hear is about a lot of traffic. Them being willing to make project improvements in order to maintain the system and the level of service, and continue to look at that as the development develops addresses a lot of those concerns.”

The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the development during its October meeting.

 

 

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Etowah Village development back before planning commission

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. —Tomorrow (Sept. 17) at 6 p.m., in the Dawson County Administration Building, the Planning Commission will hear a request it has heard once before.

Some Dawson County residents are calling it Etowah Village II. Barry Conner, who owns the 518-acre parcel of land where the Etowah Village development was proposed, withdrew his request for the rezoning in August when it appeared likely it would not receive Board of Commissioners approval.

Now the rezoning request is back on the agenda with a new name – Lumpkin Campground Road LLC.

The 518-acre parcel of land is bordered on the east by Ga. 400 and Lumpkin Campground Road and on the West by the Etowah River.

According to the new application, the development will include 338,000 square feet of retail and service space, with second- and third-floor residential spaces, 243,200 square feet of Class A office space with buildings up to ten stories; a hotel with convention center; 770 units of multi-family residences; 254 units of single-family attached home residences; a 350-unit continuing care retirement community with both independent and assisted living; 265 single-family homes dividing into three separate neighborhoods; 156 acres of parks and green spaces and a site dedicated to a future fire station.

The application states: “The site is the former location of the defunct Southern Catholic College. The existing zoning, based upon the Southern Catholic Master Plan, permits a variety of uses of which most are mirrored within the proposed development plans: Retail, Office, Multi-Family and Single-Family Residences. The applicant wishes to modify the arrangement of these uses and add a few additional parcels to create a viable alternative use for this tract that will become an asset to Dawson County.”

One important difference between this application and the earlier one is that it does not include anything west of the Etowah River which, opponents of the development have pointed out, is the site of a Native American burial ground.

Commissioner Chris Gaines said, “We made it very clear we are not going to allow anything west of the river. It there is something in this application that does not adhere to it we need to address it and get it cleaned up.”

Gaines also said he believes the new proposal gives the county greater control over how the pods fit better and look better.

 

 

 

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Planning Commission set to hear Etowah Village rezoning request again

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — On Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., in the Dawson County Administration Building, the Planning Commission will hear a request it has heard once before — with some modifications.

The owners of a 518-acre parcel of land where the Etowah Village development was proposed have brought back a request to rezone the property for a mixed use development. The property is bordered on the east by Ga. 400 and Lumpkin Campground Road and on the West by the Etowah River.

According to the application, the development would include 338,000 square feet of retail and service space, with second- and third-floor residential spaces, 243,200 square feet of Class A office space with buildings up to ten stories; a hotel with convention center; 770 units of multi-family residences; 254 units of single-family attached home residences; a 350-unit continuing care retirement community with both independent and assisted living; 265 single-family homes dividing into three separate neighborhoods; 156 acres of parks and green spaces and a site dedicated to a future fire station.

The application states: “The site is the former location of the defunct Southern Catholic College. The existing zoning, based upon the Southern Catholic Master Plan, permits a variety of uses of which most are mirrored within the proposed development plans: Retail, Office, Multi-Family and Single-Family Residences. The applicant wishes to modify the arrangement of these uses and add a few additional parcels to create a viable alternative use for this tract that will become an asset to Dawson County.”

One important difference between this application and the earlier one is that it does not include anything west of the Etowah River which, opponents of the development have pointed out, is the site of a Native American burial ground.

Commissioner Chris Gaines said, “We made it very clear we are not going to allow anything west of the river. It there is something in this application that does not adhere to it we need to address it and get it cleaned up.”

Gaines also said he believes this will give the county greater control over how the pods fit better and look better.

 

 

 

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Planning commission approves new 240-unit apartment complex on Dawson Forest Road

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A new 240-unit apartment complex received a positive recommendation by the Dawson County Planning Commission Tuesday.

Despite the objections of some area residents based on traffic and stormwater runoff, commissioners voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project to the Board of Commissioner who will make the final decision on June 20

Property owner Billy Hughes III had requested the 40-acre site located on Dawson Forest Road be rezoned from Residential Agriculture (RA) to Residential Multi-Family (RFM).

Speaking on behalf of the property owner, Brian Metzler said the apartments will be high-end residences, featuring granite countertops, vinyl plank flooring and quality electric and plumbing fixtures. The development will feature a 4,000 square foot clubhouse with fitness center and leasing office and a swimming pool and deck.

Bob Parris was first to speak in opposition to the development. “Those of you all that live in that area I don’t know if you need a traffic study or not,” he said. “You know how dangerous it is. Adding 200 and something or more cars a day is just going to make it worse.”

Kevin Dye, who lives on Sundown Lane and works for the City of Johns Creek Public Works Department specializing in government land acquisition, also objected to the project.

“I’m not opposed to an apartment complex at that location,” he said. “However, I have a major concern about this development related to water quality due to increased sediment runoff. The cove has worsened since I lived there the last seven years due to the new development in that area. The cove is getting shallower. There is a lot more silt built up there. I’m concerned this development proposes several new areas of impervious area and that is going to compound the issue. I recommend an increase in the stream buffer to at least 100 feet and decreasing the impervious area by reducing the number of units per acre.”

Commissioners also approved a request by Star Financial, LLC to vary from a Land Use Resolution in order to reduce the number of parking spaces by three, to accommodate the addition of an outdoors dining patio.

Commissioners questioned whether the current parking was adequate to accommodate customers. John Lovell, speaking on behalf of Star Financial, said it is and, he added, the outdoor dining patio would enhance the restaurant’s atmosphere.

No one spoke in opposition. Approval of the variance request does not require approval by the Board of Commissioners unless an appeal is filed.

The commission also unanimously approved a request by Piedmont Residential for a Residential Planned Community and Zoning Condition update for property located at the intersection of Harry Sosebee Road and Lumpkin Campground Road.

The property was originally zoned in 2006 for 400 residential units and later reduced to 330 with a private wastewater treatment facility and two acres of commercial. The wastewater facility was never built and future plans for that intersection call for the county to build a traffic circle.

Speaking on behalf of Piedmont Residential Acquisitions, LLC, Mike Miller explained the purpose of the request it to modify conditions to be consistent with the construction of the traffic circle, revise some conditions that no longer apply and to revise certain buffers.

Miller said his request would not reduce the size of the buffers or eliminate them, but would allow Piedmont Residential Acquisitions to go into the buffers to install stormwater runoff facilities then replant them.

Miller said, after the site plan was developed, he realized there would be some stormwater runoff from neighboring properties.

Sandra Kritikos, who owns property adjacent to the development rose to express her concerns.

Kritikos wanted assurance that a five-foot fence, which was part of the original zoning conditions would not be eliminated.

“Our concern is kids coming back through there and crossing into our property going out our dirt road to get to Blacks Mill Road. “It’s half a mile long and I just don’t want to be liable for any kids who get hurt there. That’s my biggest issue.”

Miller agreed to build the fence and the commission voted to recommend approval to the Board of Commissioners.

 

 

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240-unit apartment complex on Tuesday planning commission agenda

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga.  — The Dawson County Planning Commission will hear a request by Judd Hughes to rezone 40 acres on Dawson Forest Road from Residential Agricultural to Residential Multi Family for the purpose of building a 240-unit apartment complex when it meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Government Center Assembly Room.

The property is located about one-half mile off Ga. Hwy. 400 on the South side of Dawson Forest Road and would consist of apartments with a minimum of 700 square feet, a 4,000 square foot clubhouse, pool and pool deck.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

A request by Star Financial, LLC to vary from the Land Use Resolution by reducing the minimum number of required parking by three spaces for the purpose of constructing a patio;

A request by PR Acquisitions, LLC for an update of the Residential Planned Community Master Plan and Zoning Condition update for TMP 107-013;

 

 

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