Developers are looking to bring more than 100 new homes into the city of Dawsonville.
Cumming-based LCG Residential, LLC plans to construct 121 single-family homes in a subdivision on Hwy. 9 South, near the intersection of J.C. Burt Road.
The minimum 1,300 square feet homes, ranging in price from $180-220,000, will have stick built framing with "cementitious siding varying in architectural facades."
"Our plan is for this to be a sidewalk community with sidewalks on each side of the streets," said LCG Managing Member Matthew Bennett in a letter to the city.
Plans also call for an amenities area, with the community subject to covenants and restrictions.
Last week, Timothy Smith, who owns the property, went before the Dawsonville Planning Commission to have the nearly 125 acres rezoned in order to sell the tract to the development company.
Currently zoned R-1, restricted family residential district, the project as presented would need an R-3 zoning, which allows medium density (up to three lots per acre).
The planning commission voted unanimously to approve the zoning amendment and Smith's request for a variance for 25 feet front setbacks, which is 5 feet closer to the street than is currently in place for new developments.
Smith said the setback variance is necessary due to the topography of the site "to allow more useable rear yards and reduce foundation costs to continue to provide affordable housing."
The planning commission's recommendation now goes to the Dawsonville City Council March 7 for a vote on the measure.
Mayor James Grogan said he was excited about the prospect of new affordable housing coming to downtown Dawsonville.
"These houses are right in the price range [housing market expert Frank Norton] said we need in this area," he said.
However, there was at least one opponent at last week's planning meeting,
Michael Hill, who owns the 8 acres adjacent to the north of the proposed subdivision, said if he wanted to live in an area with three homes to the acre, he would have stayed in Atlanta when he moved to the county decades ago.
He inquired about stipulations that could be placed on developers to insure privacy on his property, such as landscape buffers or additional setbacks.
Neither is required for residential property that backs up to residential property, according to Nalita Copeland, the city's zoning administrator.
Hill said he is looking to sell his property.