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Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal
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A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

The property at 5941 Lights Ferry Road was originally zoned for 157 townhouses; the proposed rezoning instead would allow 98 single-family homes.

“What he’s doing with his rezoning is significant decrease in density,” said John McHenry, director of planning and community development with Flowery Branch.

A public hearing on the rezoning request has been scheduled for 6 p.m. today, in the City Hall council chambers in downtown Flowery Branch.

McHenry said owners of neighboring properties have been notified of the intentions; he said he’s heard positive feedback about the plans.

“Basically, folks are pleased to see something happen with the property,” McHenry said. “Once I told them that it’s going to be single-family versus townhomes, that’s also been something folks are pleased to hear about, too.

“Certainly, we’ll hear more at the public hearing, but that’s basically the response that I’ve been getting.”

McHenry also pointed out having development so close to the historic downtown will boost the area economically.

“It’s a significant amount of acreage to be this close to the downtown,” he said. “And it’s also going to be quite near the new roundabout project, so I think it really works well altogether.”

The 140-foot roundabout will run between Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway and McEver Road; McHenry said construction on the project is planned to begin by the end of the year.

Following today’s public hearing and first reading of the rezoning, the second reading and vote on the proposal is planned for the 6 p.m. Thursday meeting of City Council.

The parcel of land has been in flux for some time; the request for the townhomes was made in 2002, according to McHenry.

“We feel like we’re well-positioned in terms of having this redevelopment plan done with a number of infrastructure and other types of improvements,” he added. “It’s great to see the development taking place that’s going to further that redevelopment in the downtown area.

“We’ve got development occurring in three other subdivisions in Flowery Branch ... we’re excited that we’re going to have some residential development taking place so close to downtown.”

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