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Oakwood planners OK 295-home development, but want more site plan details
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This property off McEver Road is the proposed site for a mixed-use development with 295 homes in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

A proposed 295-home development across from West Hall High School off McEver Road was recommended for approval by the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 19, but with some reservations.

The board gave its OK to the 62 acres being annexed and zoned as commercial and planned residential development.

But members required a site plan with more details be brought back to the city before the project goes forward.

The multiuse proposal now goes before the Oakwood City Council, which has the final say.

Planning board members spent about 45 minutes discussing the proposal, peppering the applicant, Rosewood Active Adult Communities, with questions about the development, from sidewalks to property setbacks.

“I’m very concerned about who will actually be … developing on this property,” Planning Commissioner Tony Millwood said at one point.

Tommy Barnes, a Rosewood representative, had told the board that Rosewood planned to get the property ready for development, then sell it to a builder who would put up the homes.

Citing the planned residential development zoning, Barnes said, “If (the development) is approved (as proposed), this will be the plan” going forward, he told the commission.

A couple other issues that came up were the potential for crosswalks to West Hall High and a pedestrian connection to the commercial site. Rosewood originally proposed a roadway connecting the residential and commercial parts of the development.

Barnes said he would explore those concerns further.

Rosewood’s plans call for 151 townhomes and 144 single-family homes. The homes wouldn’t be age-restricted.

Prices for the townhomes could run in the $170,000 range and for the detached homes, $190,000 to $230,000, Barnes has said.

The bulk of the development, or 43 acres, is residential and would be located mostly on the Westbrook Lane side, a city map shows.

Commercial development is proposed on 16 acres on the Chamblee Road end, with another 3-acre commercial tract at the corner of McEver and Westbrook, according to the map.

Overall, buildout could take up to six years and “it could be a year, at minimum, before the first house is built,” Barnes said.

He also has said “substantial traffic improvements would have to be made around the retail” component of the project.

“We had the engineer configure it so it would accommodate a major grocery store like a Kroger or Publix-type shopping center with some shops and outparcels,” Barnes said at an earlier planning board meeting.

B.R. White, Oakwood’s community development director, said road improvements and traffic impacts would be addressed at the time the site plan is submitted.

The 3-acre site, Barnes said, “would probably be ideal for two commercial users.”

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