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Oakwood poised to annex Tanners Creek property
City also OK'd controlled access plan along Thurmon Tanner
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Undeveloped portions of Tanners Creek Business Park in South Hall would become part of Oakwood, according to an agreement between the city and three groups making up the landowners.

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK the city's agreement with Chattahoochee Parks, Tanners Creek Development and Tanners Creek Owners Association.

The matter now goes before the Oakwood Planning Commission next week for official action on the annexations. That board's recommendation would go back next month to City Council, which has the final say.

A public hearing will be part of the process.

As part of the agreement, "we are making sure to allocate sewer capacity to meet the needs over there," said City Manager Stan Brown, talking before the meeting.

The park "is in our sewer service district and this (agreement) would enhance the ability to develop the remaining properties out there."

Also, the business park would continue to keep up the median maintenance.

Tanners Creek was developed off Thurmon Tanner Parkway, between Oakwood and Flowery Branch and running parallel to Interstate 985.

The business park contains some 150 acres overall between H.F. Reed Industrial Boulevard, where a new Exit 14 off I-985 is planned, and Chamblee Road, according to its website.

The city is looking at annexing nine parcels totaling 65 acres, with another two properties showing interest. The city previously annexed 30-plus acres in the area, including a site where a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' outpatient clinic is being built.

"What is not affected (by the agreement) is properties that are already developed — the buildings that are in the park," Brown said. "We would be open to (those owners) if they wanted to come in (the city)."

In other business, the council gave its first OK to a plan that controls access along Thurmon Tanner Parkway between Plainview and Mundy Mill roads.

That stretch was completed late last year and represents the last segment of the four-lane parkway between Atlanta Highway at I-985 and Phil Niekro Boulevard in Flowery Branch.

The plan would show where access points would be allowed along the new stretch, which the city envisions as a development corridor.

"It's consistent with our Oakwood 2030 plan that we did back in 2008," Brown said, referring to a long-range plan for development of the city's downtown area.

The access plan "is just embedded in there," he said. "I think it's important enough to bring it up and adopt it as one action."

The Georgia Department of Transportation has yet to officially close out the project. The city has plans to install streetlights along the road once it's in city hands, Brown said.


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