A 67-home subdivision proposed off McEver Road between Gainesville Street and Radford Road got the Flowery Branch City Council’s first OK Thursday, Feb. 15.
The development on 21.3 acres — or three single-family detached homes per acre — will come up for final approval at a later council meeting.
Technically, the council approved rezoning the now-wooded property from agricultural-residential to planned unit development to enable the development.
A map of the overall property, prepared for MB Regional Enterprises LLC of Buford, shows the main entrance to the subdivision off Gainesville Street. But residents also could enter and leave the development at Radford Road.
The subdivision would feature 14 home designs and prices in the upper $200,000 to lower $300,000 range.
One outstanding issue is the design of the front porches, Atkinson said.
“We’re trying to figure out a way if we can get something that’s more of an architectural element … so as you come down the street, you’ll get that feeling of a real community,” he said.
“Pie in the sky, we want to see those rocking chairs and some folks drinking some sweet tea.”
Also, commercial development is planned on 2 acres at the corner of Gainesville Street and McEver.
“We felt this was another gateway into the city,” said Rich Atkinson, Flowery Branch’s director of planning and community development. “We felt this (property) need to be heavily conditioned to make sure we get a quality product.”
Two sides of the intersection already are developed, including a gas station and a retail center where Branch House Tavern restaurant is located.
Also, the intersection itself has been under reconstruction for several months — a project featuring left turn lanes.
The subdivision did draw some opposition from a few residents, who said they were concerned about traffic and whether the entire property was more suitable for commercial development.
Natalya Jones, association executive for the Hall County Board of Realtors, asked the council a flurry of questions about the development, including, “What kind of impact is this going to have on our schools in this area?”
“That’s a big issue,” she said. “With this many homes, how many children are we going to be bringing into the school district?”
Elsewhere in the city, hundreds of new homes are being built or are in the works.
Also at the meeting, the council gave final approval to a development between East Main Street and Phil Niekro Boulevard featuring 63 townhomes and 31 single-family homes.
And at an earlier meeting, the council approved another 55-home development off East Main near Thurmon Tanner Parkway.