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What residents had to say about 173-townhome development in Flowery Branch
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A 173-townhome development proposed on McEver Road is set for a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1.

A 173-townhome development proposed on McEver Road was largely embraced by residents at the Flowery Branch City Council meeting Thursday, April 1.

People said they preferred a residential neighborhood over industrial development, as has been proposed farther south on McEver Road. Area residents have rallied against a developer’s request for Buford to annex land at 6533 McEver Road for a warehouse complex.

Residents did ask questions about the townhomes being requested on 26 acres at 6495 and 6509 McEver Road, including whether it would include amenities such as a playground.

And they said they were concerned about traffic in the area.

City Manager Bill Andrew said a roundabout is being considered on McEver at Gaines Ferry Road, just north of the development.

That drew mixed comments from residents. One person said she thought it would be “an excellent solution to traffic,” while another person said he thought a “traffic circle wouldn’t be enough” to address traffic issues on the road.

Neal Hendee, a Norcross-based consultant representing the developer, Fall Leaf Residential LLC, said he hasn’t conducted a traffic study.

Fall Leaf is seeking a rezoning from highway business and agricultural-residential to multifamily residential to allow for the townhomes, which also would be across the road from The Farm, a planned 17-acre housing/retail development.

Fall Leaf says in its application letter that 38% of the site would be undeveloped, including open space that would “provide an excellent area for passive recreational uses such as walking trails and a community picnic area.”

“We believe our requested townhouse use is a less intense use” than what’s currently zoned, Fall Leaf says.

Referring to The Farm, Fall Leaf goes on to say, “We believe the townhouse use proposed provides a natural transition between this future commercial area and the less dense residential uses to the south.”

The Farm property owner Robi Sarkar told The Times he was “slowly and methodically moving dirt off the site” but had no other updates about the project.

“The Farm will complement and serve the growing residential (area),” Sarkar said in an email Thursday. “In fact, I look forward to ways we can work together and with the city to provide walking paths and maybe golf cart connectivity between all the new developments.”

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