Up to five craftsman-style cottages planned along Mulberry Street, a heavily wooded area off Atlanta Highway, got Flowery Branch City Council’s approval Thursday night.
The council gave Kellin Dobbs permission to build the homes closer to the road than normally allowed so he can take them out of a neighboring floodplain.
“From staff’s standpoint, this is the textbook poster child of why you have a variance,” city planning director John McHenry told the council.
Dobbs’ application states that the houses proposed for the site “would increase the beauty of the lots and the street as a whole.”
The development would take place on Mulberry at East Main Street, just two blocks east of Atlanta Highway, a main artery through town.
East Main also connects to Thurmon Tanner Parkway, another major South Hall thoroughfare.
“It’s a positive opportunity for the city and for that corner, and hopefully it will spur further growth (in the area),” Dobbs has said.
The city is having something of a growth spurt recently, with the redevelopment of a subdivision off Lights Ferry Road and completion of the Lights Ferry Connector featuring a roundabout at Mitchell Street.
Also, a developer is proposing a 60-unit apartment complex geared toward seniors on East Main near Thurmon Tanner.