Oakwood City Council tabled one planned residential development request, pulled one from the table and approved two during their meeting Monday.
First on the agenda, a rezoning request for a 168 unit community with amenities was tabled at the request of the developer. "The developer is looking to do apartments on that property and with that they would need sewer service, and they still need to work out some details on whether it's cost-effective for them to do the sewer project. Without the sewer project, the project probably would not happen," said City Manager Stan Brown about the proposed development. "They want to make sure they have their utilities squared away before they annex and zone the property." It would be located on 11.27 acres at 3625 McEver Road and 3634 Pleasant Hill Road. Several people spoke in opposition to this development, including concerns over the Pleasant Hill Road entrance, the amount of units and a residential development in that area in general.
Taken off the table and approved was the application for Shadow Stone Partners, LLC. This proposed development created much discussion about a historic oak tree on the property. In the end, Brown confirmed the wood from the tree would be milled by the developers and given to the city to use.
First reading approval was granted to Patton Land Surveying, LLC's request to annex and rezone 32.95 acres of land located at 3635, 3645, 3685, 0 Mountain View Road and 3664, 3674, 0 Meeks Drive from a Hall County Agricultural zoning to an Oakwood Moderate Density Residential for 158 townhome units and 14 acres of green space. The property also features a cell tower that will be fenced and feature a fall boundary. The developer is the same developer for Mundy Mill subdivision across the street.
"I'm the developer of the Mundy Mill homes across the street from this development. We've had constant demand for townhomes, which you can build the same quality home for the same square footage for less money, and some people feel safer for the environment," said developer Wendell Scarr. "We do not have townhome zoning for any part of the Mundy Mill development, we have only single family residential... so there's a great demand right there in the same vicinity for townhomes." Scarr said the townhomes would be about 1600 square feet and agreed to resolve a question about sidewalk length from the garage doors of the homes brought up by councilwoman Sherri Millwood.
Two other rezoning requests were unanimously approved - a light industrial application by Brian Kilgore and a mixed use development by PVR Properties, LLC.