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City planning, public works outline upcoming development
650 new homes possible within next few years
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Len Reeves shows the Dawsonville Planning Commission plans for his 54-unit development on Maple Street S during an April meeting. Reeves is currently working to have amendments to current zoning stipulations for the property removed. - photo by Allie Dean

Casey Majewski, Dawsonville planning director, along with Public Works Operations Manager Trampas Hansard, presented at Monday's city council meeting an overview of development expected within the next five years inside the city limits.

Because of the influx of subdivisions in the city, Majewski presented the status of each subdivision currently in development, as well as those proposed and those yet to file any applications.

Four subdivisions are currently in the development phase: Rainhill off Perimeter Road; Red Hawk off Burt Creek Road; Creekstone phase one off Hwy. 53 W; and Maple Heights off Angela Lane and Maple Street S.

Together, the four subdivisions will contain 450 units once completed, which Majewski said could take around 17 months.

Other developments have submitted applications but are not ready to move forward yet.

Heatherwood, a development of quadruplexes off Maple Street, is currently in the application process.

The developer, Len Reeves out of Mississippi, has asked the council to remove language that would keep him from marketing the proposed nine acre development to occupants of all ages, instead of just active adults, from current zoning stipulations.

The city has requested several stipulations before approving his request, including acceleration and deceleration lanes, dedicated five feet of right of way for future road widening, paving Maple Street from the south boundary line to Stegall Place, five-foot sidewalks along the boundary with Maple to promote connectivity, keeping large mature trees on the property and building a 10 foot evergreen boundary to prevent foot traffic through other properties to downtown Dawsonville.

Recommended amenities include a pool, playground, basketball, tennis court and clubhouse.
Reeves said July 10 that he would prefer the stipulations requiring a pool, basketball and tennis court be removed due to space limitations.

Majewski has been working with Reeves to attempt to resolve the disagreement over stipulations so that the development can move forward.

If approved the development will contain 54 units.
Also in the application process is the second phase of Creekstone. Planned for this phase are 50 townhomes and 64 single family homes, along with a walking trail. When the subdivision is completed, Majewski said there will be 238 homes coming out onto Hwy. 53.

Another proposed development is what Majewski called the Richardson Tract, located on Hwy. 53 W and owned by Amicalola Propane.

Thirty starter homes are proposed on the 10.5 acres.

Majewski also mentioned developments that have not filed any applications or plans with the city.

They include a property on Hwy. 9 N currently owned by Kathy Finley. The property could potentially be home to six housing units per acre, but is under consideration to be added to the city's historic district.

Other inquiries have been made at Stegall Place and Maple Street, where 44 units could go in, as well as a property on Hwy. 9, south of JC Burt and Perimeter roads that is currently owned by LCG, where 180 units could potentially be developed.

Majewski said that road repairs and traffic along Maple Street were a big concern for nearly all of the developments.

According to Majewski, there are 222 homes there currently, creating 1,200 average daily trips.

If Heatherwood were approved and Maple Heights built out, 301 units would create a 35 percent increase in average daily trips. Add in two properties on Stegall and Maple down the road, Majewski said, and the city could be looking at a 60 percent increase in average daily trips.

Connecting subdivisions together, as well as widening Maple and Academy streets, could help traffic move through, Majewski said, as well as connecting Creekstone to other locations to keep traffic from pouring out onto Hwy. 53.

Hansard presented road maintenance and repairs that will need to be done over the next five years, echoing Majewski's ideas of connecting subdivisions and fixing the roads where traffic will come out.

He also said that some roads in the Maple Street area were in bad shape and need to be paved, as well as mentioning that the roads where the city had annexed homes in on both sides would no longer be kept up by the county, such as parts of Gold Mine and Duck Thurmond roads.

Hansard said the city needs to consider budgeting for the maintenance and repaving of roads as soon as possible. The estimated cost for the work is $1,225,000 by 2022.

"Which way would you want us to go, how would you want us to work on these roads?" Hansard asked the council. "We'd like to know."