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Rezoning OKd for Oakwood housing development, but development plan not settled
0613OAKWOOD
Rezoning for a planned residential development off McEver Road was approved by Oakwood City Council Monday night.

Rezoning for a planned residential development off McEver Road was approved by Oakwood City Council Monday night, but proposed development plans are still up in the air.

Atlanta-based Rosewood Active Adult Communities is seeking to either build 105 one-story attached homes or 131 two-story town homes.

Basically, the company wanted approval for both, giving it the flexibility to develop either way, based on the findings of a yet-unfinished market study.

But the council refused to approve both plans, voting instead to give Rosewood the option of bringing back one of the plans for a future vote.

Rosewood officials asked if there was a time limit on coming back with a plan.

“Whenever you get ready,” Mayor Lamar Scroggs said.

The 14-acre development would be between Old Flowery Branch Road and Crawford Oaks Drive.

The 105 homes would be geared toward older “active” adults, which is a growing residential trend in Hall County. No age restrictions would be placed on buyers of the 131 more traditional town homes.

In both plans, prices could run from the high $160,000 to mid-$170,000 range. Neither community would feature any amenities.

Oakwood City Councilwoman Sheri Millwood asked Rosewood if the company “would be willing” to lean more toward an active-adult community.

“We are leaning in that direction,” company representative Tommy Barnes said. “But we’re not in a position to be able to say we would definitely do that plan and not the other. We’ve not got our market studies back to make that commitment tonight.”

Barnes said the company does believe “either one of these (plans) is going to be a real nice development. We feel like it’s compatible with what’s in the area.

“… We think it will enhance (neighboring properties’) values because it is more compatible.”

Some residents voiced concerns about the development to the council.

Carole Moores, resident of the adjacent Crawford Oaks residential development, said she was happy to see that a homeowners association was being proposed, but “my deepest concern is with (potential future) rentals.”

“Getting rentals out of our units has been a nightmare. … It’s up to the homeowners association to deal with these people. I’ve walked in on some of our units that have been rat-infested.”

Another Crawford Oaks resident, Barry Stewart, said he had mainly traffic concerns.

“It doesn’t seem like a big community, but the intersection of Old Flowery Branch and McEver and (nearby) Mundy Mill (Road) already aren’t working right, so this just adds to that problem.”

As part of the development, the company also would have to make road improvements, including a left-turn lane, at the McEver entrance.

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