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Plans for 240 townhomes, 66 apartments in Oakwood now require council's OK
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Two proposed residential developments for a total of 306 units were recommended for approval, with conditions, Monday night by the Oakwood Planning Commission.

Planners gave their OK Monday, May 21, to a 240-townhome development on 47 acres off Oakwood Road, between McEver and Flat Creek roads, and 66 apartments off Woodlane Drive near Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

Conditions on the townhomes included at least 25 feet separating the back of a sidewalk to the front of the townhome and that signs prohibiting street parking “per city regulation” be installed in the neighborhood.

Prices would run from the upper-$100,000 to mid-$200,000 range, said John Purcell, consultant on the project.

“We want to be part of the growth and provide some residential growth and development in the city,” Purcell said. “We know the major part of the city’s tax base is commercial and industrial.”

The applicant, MB Endeavors LLC, is asking for 7.3 acres at 3950 Oakwood Road to be rezoned from agricultural to planned residential development. The property is next to another nearly 40 acres already zoned as planned residential development.

“It’s a perfect time for this (7.3 acres) to be zoned as the adjoining tract,” the rezoning application states.

Planners also recommended approval of Shadow Stone Partners LLC’s request for apartments at 4642 Woodlane Drive. Woodlane extends off Allen Street, with the proposed complex behind the city cemetery.

A key condition is that the development have access to Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a four-lane road between Oakwood and Flowery Branch and parallel to Interstate 985.

Keith Cook, speaking for the applicant, told the commission the project has been revised to be age-restricted and feature just 1- and  2-bedroom units. Originally, 3-bedroom units also were proposed and there were no age restrictions.

“The concept is growing,” Cook said of apartments targeting people 55 and older. “Good, affordable housing for an aging population is what we’re targeting. … There’s definitely a need for it.”

The gated complex would have walking trails near a creek, and a “community garden” has replaced plans for a playground.

Shadow Stone, which also is planning townhomes off Allen Street not far from the proposed apartments, is asking for the 5-acre apartment site to be rezoned from single-family residential to planned residential development.

The commission’s recommendations now go to the Oakwood City Council, which has final say.

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