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Once-rejected Flowery Branch apartment proposal returns, but gets tepid response
Proposed Spout Springs apartment complex rendering
More than 300 apartments were proposed near the intersection of Spout Springs and Hog Mountain roads in Flowery Branch. This artist rendering was included in a city planning report.

A developer’s efforts to revive a multi-use project featuring a 304-unit, 36-acre apartment complex in Flowery Branch is getting a mixed response from the city. 

Two months after failing to get annexation and rezoning requests passed, Capstone Acquisition asked the Flowery Branch City Council Thursday, Nov. 5, to extend sewer service to the project straddling city limits off Spout Springs and Hog Mountain roads. 

The council’s response was voting to deny sewer to development planned outside the city and to postpone the request for development inside the city until the developer can provide an engineering letter citing the capacity amount needed closer to beginning the project. 

In a document describing the request, city officials say they were OK with providing sewer to development planned inside city limits but not to development outside the city. 

“Sewer service, in and of itself, does not bring positive net revenue or growth to the city unless it is accompanied by annexation or some provision for annexation in the future,” the document states. 

A proposed 140-unit senior living center would be in the city, but the apartments would be outside the city. The project also would include commercial outparcels on Hog Mountain and Spout Springs roads. 

An annexation request by Capstone was rejected by the council in September. 

Councilman Joe Anglin, who made the motion to deny the annexation, said at the time that the city’s comprehensive land-use plan, a document that guides the city’s development, calls for apartments to make up no more than 20% of development in the city “and we’ve gone a tick over that.”  

“This (project) would have grossly put us over (the limit for) apartments within the city limits,” Anglin said.