BOC files rezoning application for 113 townhouses

At their June 16 meeting, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted to file an 18.9-acre rezoning for a 113-unit rental development at Beartooth Parkway and Dawson Village Way through July 7.

The commissioners wanted more time to confirm stipulations to which the developer had agreed to move a planned trash can, slightly increase the length of the driveway and not park on the street.

“I would like to look at the 21 against 25 feet [length]because we have always pushed for a minimum throat depth of 25 [feet]said Emory Dooley, District 4 Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the BOC.

Wisconsin-based developer Continental Properties requested that the land be rezoned from Commercial Highway Business to Residential Multi-Family to build 133 “Avanterra” duplexes and triplexes at a density of six units per acre.

During her presentation to Commissioners, Senior Director of Developmental Services Sara Johnson explained Continental’s decision to build residences in Dawson County, highlighting

his company’s other Georgia locations in McDonough, Newnan and Cartersville.

She also shared some of Continental’s market research metrics, noting that over the past three years, demand has “far exceeded supply” in the Dawson County area.

“The occupancy rate in this submarket is currently at 97.6%, which tells us that there is a need for additional housing in the area,” she said.

If approved, Avantterra Dawson’s duplex and triplex homes would have between one and four bedrooms and cost between $1,800 and $2,600 in base rent. Amenities would include a clubhouse, pool, grilling area and sundeck, 24/7 fitness center, pet play area, smart home technology , a valet bin and a number of enclosed courtyards.

The subdivision would include a single lot with all-rental residences, and Continental would manage it internally.

Concept plans show access points exiting from Ga. 53 and Beartooth Parkway, with right and right entry from the side of the property bordering Ga. 400, for four total accesses.

Bryan Young, a former public works project manager for the county, also spoke on behalf of Continental, explaining that the developer did not conduct a traffic study since its neighbor, Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory case , has no deceleration or similar lane. .

He pointed out that Beartooth Parkway has a posted speed limit of 20 mph, and according to county subdivision regulations, 25 mph is the threshold for the deceleration lane.

“With all of the multiple hotspots going in all directions, it feels like traffic can disperse evenly across multiple high points throughout the day,” Young said.

Regarding the driveway issue, Johnson mentioned that they had adjusted the plan from the initial submission of the application so that all resident cars would be in driveways away from the right-of-way.

Last month, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning, with the stipulation that the developer have 25 feet between the face of each garage and the curb.

Johnson presented slides showing that 21 feet would suffice for parking spaces, specifying that there would be 21 feet in front of the sidewalk and an additional five feet before the street or sidewalk.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines discussed the county’s desire to see incoming developers improve local connectivity or walking with sidewalks. There is currently no sidewalk along Beartooth Parkway, he said.

“As a government, we can’t afford to put sidewalks there, so anyone who has an impact on the area, we would respectively ask that they contribute to that,” Gaines said.

District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield noted how a similar approach has been taken in areas where Publix, Kroger and similar businesses along Ga. 400 hold.

Johnson mentioned Continental’s existing plans for sidewalks in the development and said that with respect to a sidewalk on Beartooth they would have to consider the impact on nearby wetlands, but that they did not. are “not opposed”.

Will Creekmore, whose company owns Manor Lake, said his company was not opposed to Continental’s planned development, but warned that based on the current site plan, he disputed the planned location of the garbage pens on the west side of the development.

Manor Lake Development LLC recently purchased an additional acre with a vision to add 10 more units to their community. This expansion has already been approved.

He said residents paying between $3,800 and $4,000 a month would likely have a problem with a dumpster behind their house.

Creekmore clarified that it was already working with Continental on a sewer easement and reiterated its hope that the latter’s site plan could be reworked.

Johnson later said that moving the bin’s location shouldn’t be a problem and that screening and landscaping could also be implemented if there is an additional challenge with its location.

She added that since it is a trash compactor and not a dumpster, it would minimize odors and visual damage.

Gaines also expressed concern over development encompassing what could be prime commercial land on its northeast corner. This corner would be vacant, according to Continental’s current site plans.

Johnson explained that the current owner has long tried to find a retailer there, but was unsuccessful due to the area’s “biggest challenge” being the varied topography and grading.

“We do not plan any programming for business development. I don’t know if we would be opposed to that sharing,” Johnson said. “I just don’t know what could realistically be built in that space.”

Gaines mentioned the county’s intention to attract businesses like doctor’s offices, which don’t typically require large packages.

“The more we continue to bring residential online, the more it costs [us]…so my focus for this particular area is geared more toward commercial use than residential, just because we don’t want to remove parcels that can generate revenue rather than expense,” Gaines said.

In related news, this newspaper publishes the following correction: A hearing date on a rezoning for a proposed 332-home neighborhood was incorrectly specified in the June 15 edition of DCN. Although the application is online, no hearing has yet been scheduled for the ZA 22-15 application. DCN will provide an update when a date is set.

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