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The Local Agenda: Planning board to consider town house development
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meets today to consider a request to rezone, annex and abandon property along Swann Drive and Pearl Nix Parkway so 26 town houses and 78 parking spaces can be developed.

Swann Drive Villas LLC has proposed rezoning 1.78 acres, annexing 1.63 acres and vacating .08 acres needed to demolish existing mobile homes and construct multifamily residences in their place.

The entire project would encompass about 3.41 acres, with about 7.6 housing units per acre.

The town houses would be built in attached clusters and include a private drive into the complex but no vehicle access directly to Pearl Nix Parkway.

The planning board also will consider a request from Beehive Homes of Gainesville to rezone 2 acres on the west side of South Enota Drive to allow for an assisted-living facility to be developed.

The 38-bed facility is proposed for 1351 Park Hill Drive and would be constructed in two phases.

The property is currently undeveloped and adjacent to single-family residences, a pharmacy and an elementary school.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Community gardens, cemetery fees on council work agenda

Gainesville City Council meets this week to hear a presentation on urban community gardens and discuss possible changes to cemetery fees.

The council also will consider two project resolutions, including a justice assistance grant and contract award for water main improvements.

The City Council work session begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville.

Yamala receives international alumnus award

Hall County Planning Director Srikanth Yamala received the 2014 Outstanding International Alumnus Award this week from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The award was established in 2006 to honor alumni who were non-U.S. citizens during their attendance at the university and who have attained international prominence in their fields of work.

Yamala has overseen the county’s planning department since 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Andhra University in India and his master’s degree in community and regional planning from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: