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Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests
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While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city’s planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

Cochran Properties is asking for new setback requirements for four lots on Springdale Road, northeast of its intersection with Park Street Place, because of steep topography and existing sewer easements.

The approximately 1-acre lots are heavily wooded, with residential housing, Sherwood Plaza shopping center and medical offices surrounding.

The developer is proposing homes of similar scale to existing residences in the area, according to city staff reports, and has stated a precedent exists for the setback variance requested because one was granted to a home nearby.

Meanwhile, Treadwell and Deborah Syfan are proposing to amend a planned unit development zoning on more than 5 acres.

If approved, each of four lots on Greystone Road, which is heavily wooded and near Lake Lanier, would range from 1.1 to 1.7 acres.

The property was originally zoned for three homes sharing a common driveway.

One of the lots will be used to renovate an existing home while three others will be developed with homes that are anticipated to sell at between $100,000 and $130,000.

Finally, Reuben Black is asking to rezone two lots on Longview Drive, southeast of its intersection with Springway Drive, from planned unit development to residential, which more closely mirrors the surrounding neighborhood.

The property currently includes a tennis court and storage building, and had been zoned for six detached condominiums some 25 years ago.

There are, however, no plans to develop the lots at this time.

“I do not anticipate any economic and environmental impacts from rezoning since ... I have no plans to build or develop the properties in any manner,” Black wrote in a letter to planning officials.

The city has issued nearly 260 permits for new homes so far this year.

The previous record, set in 2007, was 239 permits.

The record low of just one new home permit was set in 2010.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

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