The Oakwood City Council voted to reconsider a potential residential development they had previously rejected, and then tabled a rezoning request associated with the plan until January.
MB Endeavors, LLC. was previously denied to build town homes in the area of Flat Creek and McEver Roads. Monday, the developer proposed annexing and rezoning 15.56 acres at 3653 and 3969 Oakwood Road and 4040 and 4022 Flat Creek Road. The annexing was approved. The rezoning of a parcel at 5025 McEver Road, which was denied at the November meeting, was also on the agenda. It was brought back to the table by Council member Sherri Millwood.
Once it was approved for reconsideration, Millwood moved to table the rezoning vote so the developer would have time to adjust their plans to suit the council's requests.
"Based on the previous denials, the company basically took a hard look at what would be a more desirable project for the community," said Brown. "So you're looking at sort of a mixed use, maybe some single family and multi-family, along with maybe some commercial. It was a planned effort, they had two different tracts of land they previously looked at as separate projects. This plan they say they're going to work towards combined it all into one, overall project."
Brown said they spoke with the developer about the city council's concerns, as well as the necessities like buffers, access and density concerns, and MB Endeavors wanted to take another shot at it.
"Based on our code, they were allowed to make a request for reconsideration, as well as to come back for the annexation, so they were in order doing that. The council considered it and chose to bring them both back as a tabled item [Monday] and to look at it in January."
Brown said the council will see a new concept plan at the January meeting, then have the option to take it off the table and take action on the revised plan.
Also on Monday, the council approved a request from Christ Lutheran Church for a buffer variance at their property on Old Oakwood Road; a request to rezone land on Southland Drive for sneeze guard assembly facility Versa Guard was approved with conditions; and final reading of an ordinance for an apartment complex development aimed at University of North Georgia students on Oakwood Hills Road was approved unanimously as well.