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How city has responded to buzz about Light at Flowery Branch project
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A religious group is looking to turn 272 acres in Flowery Branch into a development featuring housing, retail, hotels, offices and church space at 5071 Hog Mountain Road, across from Wade Orr Road and next to Sterling on the Lake, a 1,000-acre subdivision off Spout Springs Road. - photo by Jeff Gill

In an unusual move, Flowery Branch has posted on its website a question-and-answer page for a church’s unofficial plans for 272-acre multi-use development.

“We have just been getting a lot of these questions, so we decided to put it on the website,” City Clerk Melissa McCain said.

The development in question is La Luz Del Mundo’s plans for property at 5071 Hog Mountain Road, off Wade Orr Road and between Spout Springs and Capitola Farm roads. It also would sit next to the affluent Sterling on the Lake subdivision.

Flowery Branch’s webpage gives some basic details about the proposal and steps ahead if the rezoning is sought. There is explanation about public hearings and City Council decisions, including that two votes separated by at about 30 days would be required before the action is final.

“In deciding a rezoning application, the City Council must apply the criteria set forth in the City’s zoning ordinance,” the page says.

LDM Central USA Evangelical Ministries of Houston has filed draft paperwork for the project, which would be known as Light at Flowery Branch.

LDM is seeking to rezone the property from single-family residential to planned unit development.

According to the document, the project designates 10.7 acres for a hotel; 17.2 acres, commercial/marketplace; 6.7 acres, multifamily development; 57.3 acres, single-family development; 3.2 acres, school site; 18.1 acres, fellowship hall; 16.8 acres, administrative offices; and 15.8 acres, cultural center/park.

“The total acreage to be developed is 161.9 acres with 314 single-family units and 134 multifamily units,” the application states.

The Light at Flowery Branch website goes into some details about the development, containing photographs and renderings.

The site says commercial, office and retail space will be available, as well as academic and cultural centers.

“We strive to create a sustainable development that will complement the natural environment and support the growing economy of Flowery Branch,” the site says.

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