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325-home subdivision in Flowery Branch gets first approval
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Rich Atkinson, Flowery Branch’s director of planning and community development, talks to the City Council about a proposed 325-home subdivision Monday, March 15, 2018. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 325-home subdivision off McEver Road in Flowery Branch got the City Council’s first OK Thursday, March 15.

US Land Investment LLC’s original plans called for 325 single-family detached home and 25 townhomes, but US Land representative Gee Harvey told the council that the townhomes are no longer in the plans.

The 109-acre site, known informally as the Conner property, also would be bounded by Gainesville Street and Lights Ferry Road, not far from the city’s downtown, but entrances will be only off McEver Road and Gainesville Street at Chattahoochee Street, Harvey said.

Home prices could run from the $200,000 to $400,000 range, and the development would feature an amenities area and walking trails.

The property also has a lake, “which we plan to clean up and make a focal point of the community,” Harvey said. “There’s a dam there that’s not really working, because it’s basically just a cow pond.”

Several residents spoke in opposition to the development, which is one of several housing plans that have been approved lately around the downtown area. 

A 255-home subdivision about 3 miles away on McEver Road in Oakwood got the Oakwood City Council’s first OK earlier this week.

Residents had concerns about traffic, property values, wildlife being displaced by construction and Flowery Branch losing its small-town feel.

The project, which comes up for final approval in April, originally was approved by the city as a planned unit development in 2006. The Great Recession began a year later and virtually all development — residential or otherwise — stopped.

Harvey said after the meeting that if all goes well, development of the subdivision could start in the fall, with homes starting to sell in two years.