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128-home subdivision off Atlanta Highway in Oakwood gets initial OK
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Brad Cooper of Cumming-based Blue River Development talks to the Oakwood Planning Commission Monday, Aug. 20, about a proposed 128-home subdivision off Atlanta Highway north of Plainview Road. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 128-home subdivision proposed on a long-abandoned farm off Atlanta Highway was given the Oakwood Planning Commission’s OK Monday, Aug. 20.

“We’re excited to do business here, and it’s going to be a nice community,” said Brad Cooper of Cumming-based Blue River Development, which is proposing Falcons Ridge.

The proposal now goes before the Oakwood City Council for final approval.

If all goes well, construction of ranch and two-story homes in the $300,000 price range would feature a national home builder and would “be finished in less than two years,” Cooper told the commission.

“I’d say it would be similar to what you see in Sterling (on the Lake)” subdivision off Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch, he added.

Falcons Ridge would be on vacant land across from Old Plainview Road and north of Plainview Road.

“Historically, it was a viable farm that supported the local economy,” Blue River Development said in its application of the 35 acres at 3619 Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13. “The surrounding areas have evolved into residential communities, replacing the farms that once occupied the area.”

Blue River is seeking to rezone the property, as well as an adjacent 20.6 acres, to allow for the subdivision. The 20.6-acre property, now zoned for commercial, also has sat “vacant and unused for 50 years,” according to Blue River’s application.

Planning Commissioner Roger Roesler asked whether 100-year-old trees on the property would be saved.

“Our goal is to preserve as many of them as we can,” said Doug Patten, owner of Centerline Surveying and Land Planning in Kennesaw. “... Those trees are older, but they’re not in great shape.”

Overall, though, much of the subdivision site “will remain undisturbed and heavily wooded,” Patten said.

The proposed subdivision features several open spaces and a swimming pool, as well as one entrance/exit off Atlanta Highway, a map of the development shows.

“This project is probably going to be developed with a lot of slab (concrete foundation) homes because that’s the market these days,” Patten said.

“There is a current need for more residential to support the existing commercial properties,” Blue River’s application states. “There currently is a low inventory incapable of servicing the demand.”

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