A 158-townhome development off Meeks Drive at Mountain View Road, across from the massive Mundy Mill subdivision in Gainesville, was approved Monday, May 14, by the Oakwood City Council.
The council rezoned the 40-acre development from agriculture to moderate-density residential. Members also gave their first OK to annexing the property, with a final vote to come later.
“We do not have townhomes zoned for any part of the Mundy Mill development,” said developer Wendell Starke, also involved with the Mundy Mill neighborhood between Mountain View and Mundy Mill roads. “So, there’s a great demand right there in the same vicinity for townhomes.”
The project features homes that are 1,600 square feet in size and two-car garages, with prices $200,000 and up.
Starke told the Oakwood Planning Commission, which recommended approval in April, that the units would be “somewhat larger than the average in the area for townhomes.”
“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,” B.R. White, Oakwood’s community development director, has said.
Several nearby residents opposed the project Monday for varying reasons, including traffic impact from the development.
“There are too many houses too close together,” Maple Forge resident Joe Dale told the council. “We don’t need that kind of growth in our community.”