A new year might ring in a different result for a developer who has stalled in two separate efforts to get Oakwood’s OK to build townhomes between McEver, Flat Creek and Oakwood roads.
The Oakwood City Council voted Monday, Dec. 10, to table two plans by Buford-based MB Endeavors — one involving 120 townhomes between Flat Creek and McEver Roads and one involving 107 townhomes and some commercial development between McEver and Flat Creek.
The delay was to give MB Endeavors the opportunity to propose a single plan to the city in January.
After Councilwoman Sheri Millwood’s made the motion, Mayor Lamar Scroggs asked John Purcell of MB Endeavors, “Is that satisfactory with you?”
“Yes, sir,” Purcell said.
B.R. White, the city’s community development director, had told the Oakwood Planning Commission on Nov. 19 that MB Endeavors was looking to fuse the 120-townhome development with the multi-use development off McEver Road.
White said the blending might reduce overall residential density of the project and add single-family homes and some commercial development.
“The layout will change,” White told the planning board.
MB Endeavors has been trying for a couple of months to get residential housing approved between McEver, Flat Creek and Oakwood roads.
A 12-acre site featuring residential and commercial components off McEver and Flat Creek roads, was rejected in November by City Council.
And MB Endeavors had tried Oct. 8 to get a 107-unit townhome project between Flat Creek and Oakwood roads approved. Council voted down that proposal.
Several residents spoke at that meeting opposing the project. Concerns included that it might infringe on the privacy of neighboring residents and increase crime.
One resident spoke about how the development would be another example of “rapid, rampant development” that’s turning the area into “another Gwinnett County.”
Jimmy Grant of Oakwood registered his opposition Monday night.
“Y’all turned it down a month ago,” he told the council. “What are they doing? Keep coming back and see if they can change something every time to get this thing approved?”
Grant said he was concerned about traffic impacts from the development.
“This is not right,” he said. “We’ve got too much right now in Oakwood to deal with.”