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Townhomes get approval from Gainesville City Council
Plan for 240-unit complex withdrawn
A plan to build 14 townhomes at the corner of Chestatee and Wilshire roads was approved by the Gainesville City Council’s on Tuesday night, over the objections of several area residents.

Plans for 14 townhomes got the Gainesville City Council’s approval Tuesday night, over the objections of several area residents.

The council voted unanimously to give the proper residential zoning for the development, which would be off Chestatee Road, Dixon Drive and Wilshire Road, across from Wilshire Trails.

“I feel like, as the council has discussed development up and down Wilshire Trail and Ivey Terrace, this could be the impetus to start something even better,” Councilman Sam Couvillon said.

Also, “the millennials these days — if you look at any survey — want to live in a park area (that) is in walking distance and where they can make it to downtown,” he added.

The council’s approval came after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board recommended denial last month. Several residents spoke against the development at the planning board meeting, as well.

Residents are opposed for several reasons, including they believe the development doesn’t match up with surrounding single-family housing.

“This would be an example of spot zoning,” Steven Wang told the council.

They also have concerns about the development’s impact on the environment, as it would be near Lake Lanier, and area traffic.

“Water quality control regulations in Georgia are quite strict,” Bailey told the council. “... This project, by state law, should not cause any problems, as far as runoff is concerned.”

Overall, he said he believes the complex “fits perfectly in what (the city) and (its) staff have planned for the growth of this city.”

Another residential proposal that has drawn opposition from residents and public officials alike, a 240-unit affordable housing apartment complex off Pine Valley and White Sulphur roads, has been withdrawn.

The council voted unanimously to accept Zimmerman Properties’ withdrawal of its request to annex 20 acres and rezone the property to accommodate multi-family housing.

Units at the complex were intended to serve low to moderate-income families as part of a tax-exempt bond program operated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The proposal also called for a roundabout at Pine Valley and White Sulphur, near railroad tracks and close to Crescent Drive, which runs parallel to White Sulphur from Pine Valley to Jesse Jewell Parkway.