The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board approved two annexation requests, one zoning request and a name change for a city street at its Tuesday meeting.
First on the agenda was the annexation of 76 acres on the southwest and southeast corners of the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and Montgomery Drive, to expand the Cresswind subdivision from 799 lots to 950, requested by OK Lake Lanier LLLP.
The primary issue was traffic considerations, and Matt Tate, city planning manger, asked the board to modify a contingency on the annexation to delay a traffic study, saying the city could not get accurate counts until school is back in session.
“We want you to take a long, hard, serious look at the traffic situation on Montgomery Drive. It is a major thoroughfare. It’s a shortcut between Browns Bridge Road and McEver Road and has a constant flow of traffic,“ said resident Ken Stanford, a Montgomery Drive resident for 40 years.
Cresswind is an active adult community that targets baby boomers. The houses would look similar to other developed areas of the neighborhood.
“We are going to great lengths to ensure our residents are safe and can travel through the development freely,” the developer said, adding that typically, developments see less traffic with the older demographic.
Tate said with a little more time, the city could address the traffic study needs.
“We’re talking a month from now before that will actually happen, then a traffic study takes about a month,” Tate said.
Developers said that should leave enough time in the planning process.
“The last thing we want to do is delay that vote, but we want to make sure we have sufficient info in our review process in terms of what we’re asking for,” Chairman Dean Dadisman said.
The board approved the annexation unanimously, minus one abstention from George Hokayem, with the condition suggested by staff on delaying the traffic study until school was back in session.
Robert Dimo also requested the city annex his 0.24-acre tract northeast of the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and West End Avenue as space for a retail jewelry store, which the board granted unanimously.
Board members voted unanimously to grant Curtis McGill’s request to amend zoning on 3.4 acres south of the intersection of Enota and Yonah avenues to create an assisted living facility. The building would be two stories and have 54 suites for independent, assisted and memory care living, which helps people with memory deficits.
Steve Gilliam, an attorney and neighbor, spoke in favor, saying he wanted to “put a face behind the resolution in support” of the family-owned and -operated business.
The last item on the agenda, a road name change request by city of Gainesville, passed unanimously.
The city of Gainesville asked the board to change the name of Kids Way to Gabriel Drive. Kids Way intersects the south side of Clarks Bridge Road and is east of Limestone Parkway.
The city got a petition from Windcliff Apartments to change the name in light of the closing of the day care from which the street got its name.