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The Local Agenda: Adding homes to Cresswind could increase area traffic

POSTED: August 5, 2013 11:59 p.m.

Gainesville City Council members are expected to consider a request by OK Lake Lanier LLP, also known as the Kolter Group, to annex about 76 acres so more houses can be added to the Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision.

Kolter plans to expand Cresswind to 950 lots from 799, an increase of about two homes per acre. The property is currently undeveloped and would be part of Phase III construction and zoned planned unit development.

The houses would look similar to other developed areas of the neighborhood. Cresswind is an active adult community that targets baby boomers.

According to planning documents, the extra 151 homes could generate nearly 1,500 more car trips a day. Phase III of the subdivision would include about 478 homes total with gated access from Montgomery Drive, which could potentially increase trips to 4,574 a day. However, the original traffic impact study for this development said that typically age-restricted communities generate about 55 percent less trips than subdivisions that don’t restrict age.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board approved the request July 9 with several conditions, including an updated traffic impact study and providing access to the property on the south side of Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road by using a bridge or tunnel to connect the north side of the highway, or an intersection.

Hall County commissioners to meet earlier than normal

The Hall County Board of Commissioners public meeting Thursday is planned for 3 p.m., which is three hours earlier than the normal meeting time of 6 p.m. The time was changed due to scheduling conflicts, a county news release said.

Later this month, the commission’s work session will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 19 due to scheduling conflicts.

The meeting location is the same, the Hall County Government Center, at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Commissioners to consider several public works items on Thursday

Judging by the work session agenda, commissioners will consider about a dozen items Thursday from Public Works Director Ken Rearden. Three of those were previously tabled items on increasing certain fees. If the commission moves to take the take the issue of raising fees off the table, it could hold a public hearing and first reading on Thursday.

What developers pay for some county services could rise, such as the commercial development base fee, the final plat for a subdivision base fee and revision fees.

Preliminary numbers obtained by The Times at a previous work session show the existing commercial development base fee is $175. Under proposed fees, the first review for that service would be $400, with a free second review, and third and future reviews costing $100. There is currently no existing as-built review fee, but in the proposed fees, the first review would cost $200.

The fee for a stormwater special district, per household or property, would go from $25 to $35 for residential and commercial, and it would go to $15 from $10 for a private subdivision.

Sarah Mueller covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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