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Why vote was delayed on townhomes proposed off Mulberry Street in Flowery Branch
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Update, April 15: A vote on a proposal for nearly 350 homes off Mulberry Street in Flowery Branch has been put off until May 20 at the developer’s request.

The delay is to allow for completion of a traffic study, city planner Rich Atkinson told Flowery Branch City Council at its meeting Thursday, April 15.

Normally, a second and final vote would take place June 17. Developer Bill Stark has requested that vote to take place June 3, Atkinson said.

The study is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete. At that point, Atkinson said, the city would go over the results with Stark and engineering consultant Clark, Patterson and Lee.

City Manager Bill Andrew said one traffic concern is Mulberry’s intersection with Phil Niekro Boulevard, which is close to a signalized intersection at Phil Niekro at Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13.

Andrew said that Clark, Patterson and Lee has said “that is sort of a dicey area and might need some creativity to get it to work out.”

Phil Niekro is regularly congested at rush hour between Ga. 13 and Interstate 985, where it becomes Spout Springs Road.

Update, April 14: A proposal for 140 townhomes and 199 single-family detached homes on 118 acres comes up for a vote Thursday, April 15, before Flowery Branch City Council.

Developer Bill Stark is looking to build the project in two phases off Mulberry Street, or south of Phil Niekro Boulevard, and overlooking Interstate 985.

Updated Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m.: The developer has asked that the matter be put off until the March 4 Flowery Branch City Council meeting.

Original story: Another year, another big housing proposal in Flowery Branch.

A developer is looking to build 140 townhomes and 199 single-family detached homes on 118 acres off Mulberry Street in Flowery Branch, according to city documents..

The development, which would be built in two phases, would be in the 5000 block of Mulberry Street, or south of Phil Niekro Boulevard and extending to Mulberry’s dead end, overlooking Interstate 985, according to a letter from Development Planning & Engineering Inc. of Buford to the city.

The first phase would feature the 140 townhomes and 55 single-family homes on 48 acres. The second phase would be 144 single-family homes on nearly 70 acres, the letter says.

To allow for the project, the developer, Bill Stark Communities, is seeking a rezoning from manufacturing to residential multifamily, according to the letter.

The development would feature a walking path, dog park, a “large central park” in the first phase and a recreation area in the second phase.

The proposal is set to go before Flowery Branch City Council on Feb. 4.

Rich Atkinson, the city planner, said last week he hadn’t fully reviewed the application, nor started a staff report, which normally includes a recommendation.

“Staff will be working with the applicant to possibly update and change the site plan as submitted,” he said.

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