The planning staff for the city of Gainesville is recommending conditional approval for a rezoning request that would allow townhomes to be built on property behind Ashton Senior Living off Enota Avenue.
The request to rezone the 5.24 acre tract of land from R-1 and PUD to PUD comes from the owner of Ashton Senior Living, who also owns a single-family residence on the property.
The property owner wants to build up to 15 townhomes that would complement the assisted living facility, according to the rezoning application.
"The townhome units will be rented with services available from the assisted living facility including cafeteria meal plans, emergency nursing assistance, housekeeping and social gathering areas," the application reads. "Each townhome unit will be one story with 800 square feet of heated space, and will contain a full kitchen, single-bedroom and bathroom. Exterior finishes are to include brick, stone, stucco and masonry consistent with the assisted living facility."
The planning staff in its report said the proposal appears to be in keeping with the other properties in the area, but staff members did outline five conditions for approval.
- 1. The proposal shall meet or exceed the development standards as depicted within the narrative, concept plan and pictures submitted with the application and are subject to Community Development Department Director approval.
- 2. The existing trees located within the subject property shall remain except for what is only necessary to be removed for the development. The required tree/landscape plan shall provide for additional evergreen trees and deciduous trees planted between the proposed townhome cottages and the southerly property line and Yonah Avenue. The number, location, spacing, size and type of trees planted shall be subject to Community Development Department Director approval.
- 3. Access point design and sidewalk location and design along Yonah Avenue must be reviewed and approved by the Gainesville Public Works Department. All road and sidewalk improvements associated with access to the subject property shall be at the full expense of the developer.
- 4. The subject property shall be limited to the two existing monument signs located along Enota Avenue which are limited to a height of six (6) feet and thirty-two (32) square feet in size with indirect lighting.
- 5. An updated as-built boundary survey/plat shall be recorded prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy for the proposed use.
The rezoning request goes before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board at its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Public Safety Building on Queen City Parkway.