A 158-townhome development off Meeks Drive at Mountain View Road, across from the massive Mundy Mill subdivision in Gainesville, was recommended for approval Monday, April 16, by the Oakwood Planning Commission.
The commission recommended that the 40-acre development be annexed and rezoned from agriculture to a moderate-density residential category.
The proposal now goes to the Oakwood City Council for final consideration.
The project features 1,600 square feet in size and two-car garages, with prices $200,000 and up.
“They’re somewhat larger than the average in the area for townhomes,” said developer Wendell Starke, also involved with the mixed-use Mundy Mill neighborhood between Mountain View and Mundy Mill roads.
“I think they will sell rapidly,” he added. “I think that’s a product that’s in demand. We see people asking all the time in Mundy Mill and they don’t have it, so that’s what motivates us to try to put it in place here.”
The project also features 14 acres of green space and a swimming pool. A cell tower now on the property would remain but be landscaped.
“The property, once a farm, has been vacant for many years with the exception of three single-family residences,” states the project’s application from Patton Land Surveying LLC in Gainesville.
The agriculture zoning “is no longer desirable for this growing area,” the application says. “The topography and availability of utilities supports residential development.”
The project “would be compatible with the Oakwood comprehensive (land-use) plan,” said B.R. White, Oakwood’s community development director, to the planning board.
Also recommended was annexation of Meeks Drive and Fairbanks Drive rights of way. Fairbanks Drive connects Meeks to Mundy Mill Road, a major four-lane road in South Hall.