Update: The arbitration meeting has been canceled. The developer has withdrawn his application for annexation.
Previous update: A proposed townhome development on McEver Road is set for arbitration between Flowery Branch and Hall County Tuesday, June 15, but the issue is likely to be settled.
A statewide arbitration panel is set to hear the case at 10 a.m. in the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting room on the second floor of the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.
The meeting is open to the public.
However, Fall Leaf has agreed to reducing density at the development, cutting the number of townhomes from 173 to 128, as well as reducing the number of entrances to the development from two to one, City Attorney Ron Bennett told the Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday, June 10.
An agreement on the development changes “is anticipated … and the panel will simply accept that,” Bennett said.
If all goes as expected, a final vote by the council on the proposal is set for Thursday, June 17.
Previous update: A proposed townhome development on McEver Road was given initial approval Thursday, June 10, by Flowery Branch City Council.
The project at 6495 McEver Road and 6509 McEver Road is now at 173 townhomes, but that number could be reduced to 128 to help settle Hall County objections to annexation of the 25 acres and rezoning from highway business and agricultural to residential multi-family.
Also, the number of entrances to the development could be reduced from two to one, City Attorney Ron Bennett told the council.
An arbitration panel is set to meet Tuesday, June 15, on Hall’s objections, but an agreement between Flowery Branch and the county on the development changes “is anticipated … and the panel will simply accept that,” Bennett said.
Previous story: A proposed townhome development on McEver Road — next to a contested warehouse proposal — is set for a vote Thursday, June 10, by Flowery Branch City Council.
Fall Leaf Residential is set to ask the council for annexation of 6495 McEver Road and 6509 McEver Road for the townhomes. Fall Leaf also is asking for rezoning from agricultural-residential to residential multi-family.
The proposal, which came up for a public hearing at a council meeting in April, calls for 173 townhomes.
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.”
The proposal was largely embraced by residents at the meeting.
People said they preferred a residential neighborhood over industrial development, as has taken place or been proposed farther south on McEver Road. Most recently, area residents have rallied against a developer’s request for Buford to annex and rezone land at 6533 McEver Road for a warehouse complex.
Hall County formally objected to the warehouse project, but an arbitration panel ruled on Monday, June 7, to let it move through government processes in Buford. The city’s lawyer, Gregory Jay, said the project could go before the Buford Planning Commission in July and the Buford City Commission in August.
Overall, the area is fast developing. Fall Leaf’s development would be across the road from The Farm, a planned 17-acre housing/retail development.
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.”