The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its OK on Monday night to annexing 71 undeveloped acres in the Tanners Creek Business Park.
The move follows the Oakwood City Council's approval last week of an agreement between the city and three groups making up the landowners: Chattahoochee Parks, Tanners Creek Development and Tanners Creek Owners Association.
The planning board's recommendation now goes back to the council for final approval.
Most of the 71 acres is being designated as light industrial.
A few tracts, including one at 4177 Thurmon Tanner Parkway, which sits off Interstate 985, are being rezoned as agricultural.
The owners "are not seeing any immediate development of that property," City Manager Stan Brown told the commission. "They're basically cutting hay off it now, anyway."
As part of the agreement between the owners and the city, "we are making sure to allocate sewer capacity to meet the needs over there," Brown has said.
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 owners 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
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 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)."
Work on the annexation agreements began last fall.
"They basically gave the (city) staff authority to act on their behalf to process the requests," Brown told the planning board.
"It was a lot of hard work. Good job," commission chairwoman Sheri Millwood said.