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Development, reduced to 255 homes, gets Oakwood City Council approval
03132018 OAKWOOD
B.R. White, Oakwood planning director, talks to Oakwood City Council about a developer’s plans for 62-acre multi-use development, including 255 townhomes and single-family detached homes. - photo by Jeff Gill

An ever-changing proposed subdivision across from West Hall High School off McEver Road continued to evolve on Monday, March 12.

What was rolled out in January as a 359-home development combining townhomes and single-family detached homes was whittled down to 255 homes — 44 townhomes and 211 single-family homes.

And with the Oakwood City Council’s approval Monday, Rosewood Active Adult Communities’ proposal could shrink even more.

The council voted to require the developer to add more green space and amenities — about 2 more acres than the 1 acre Rosewood was proposing.

Council members also required that half of the townhomes have two-car garages. Previously, Rosewood was planning one-car garages for all the townhomes.

Council members were unanimous in annexing the 62 acres for the development — including 19 acres for commercial uses — between Chamblee Road and Westbrook Lane.

But they voted 4-1 in rezoning the property, which is vacant and also sits across from West Hall Baptist Church, from agriculture-residential to planned residential development and highway business.

Only Councilman Todd Wilson was opposed.

“We talk about how we want to improve the community and how we want to put in rooftops, but it seems like every time we have one of these plans come in front of us, we want to put stipulations on it that do not allow the property owner to develop in a sense that they could profit,” Wilson said.

Particularly to the point of two-car garages, Councilwoman Sheri Millwood said, “I just don’t see how a family in three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths can live with a one-car garage.”

The project, which would not be age-restricted, could take several years to build out and would feature prices starting in the low $200,000 range, said Tommy Barnes, a Rosewood representative.

Rosewood’s plans were recommended for approval by the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 19, but with some reservations.

The planning board gave its OK to the annexation and rezoning, but members required a site plan with more details be brought back to the city before the project went forward.

Commercial development is proposed on 16 acres on the Chamblee Road end, with another 3-acre commercial tract at the corner of McEver and Westbrook, the map shows.

“The commercial could be an asset to the residential,” Barnes said. “I don’t know how long it’ll be before we have somebody ready to develop that.”

However, he added, “I’m getting a feeling it might be a little sooner than we first thought. I’ve gotten two calls from (developers) who seem to think they can do a shopping center (there).”