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Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 10:51AM

FBCC approves Starboard Acres rezone

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council Thursday night heard concerns from nearby Tidewater Cove homeowners and assurances from developer Frank McGowan and voted unanimously in favor of a rezoning of an 18 acre tract on Lights Ferry Road that would allow construction of 98 single family homes in a Planned Unit Development.<br /> <br /> Residents complained they received little notice of the zoning change from R-3 Multi-Family to P.U.D. and that drew a reply from Planning Director John McHenry.<br /> <br /> "We sent out notifications to all the adjoining property owners," McHenry said. "We put up a number of signs and we published it in the newspaper; I also spoke to president of the Home Owners Association."<br /> <br /> McHenry said Starboard Acres fits in well with the first stage of the city's redevelopment plan, put together with citizen input last year. Homeowner John Fay urged Mayor and Council to postpone their decision for 30 days to allow more Tidewater residents to give input, saying they had a 'lot at stake'.<br /> <br /> "Don't move forward in haste with something that could end up as an eyesore," Fay added. The homeowners had questions about adequate parking and housing design and architecture.<br /> <br /> Originally a townhome development that was stopped by the recession, McGowan said his plans called for plenty of parking, and quality housing design control. McGowan added the current demand is for single family housing and he intends to start construction on Starboard Acres next year.<br /> <br /> "This was a 157 unit project," McGowan said. "It will be reduced to 98 or less so we think it's the way to go."<br /> <br /> McGowan said Starboard Acres could target two markets, senior citizens and young couples looking for their first home. He estimated the price range at just under $200,000 for a three bedroom house.<br /> <br /> "There's the elderly market who may want to live close to their family and the young starter families," McGowan said.
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