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City council to vote on annexation for housing development near Atlanta Motorsports Park
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A 45-acre single-family residential development proposed near Atlanta Motorsports Park may be moving forward later this month, pending approval of an annexation and rezoning request by the Dawsonville City Council. 

The annexation request, presented to city council members at their June 7 meeting by project representative Cheryl Capwell, would involve an annexation of about 45-acres near Duck Thurmond Road and would be rezoned from county zoning of residential sub-rural manufactured/moved (RSRMM) to city zoning of single-family residential (R1). 

“The planned development starts by acquiring six parcels of land totaling approximately 45 acres, then having that property annexed into the city of Dawsonville and rezoned R1,” Capwell said. “We would then subdivide the property into 29 lots.”

Capwell said that the lots would be located adjacent to Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) and that while the new development wouldn’t be officially affiliated with AMP, the target audience for the homes built there would be families who want homes overlooking the racetrack. 

“We are requesting annexation and rezoning because, although we are not officially affiliated with AMP, it is assumed that all of the homeowners will be members of AMP so we will be unofficially affiliated,” Capwell said. “The purpose of the development is to create an exclusive neighborhood of higher and upscale homes specifically marketed to the members and enthusiasts of AMP who not only will enjoy but will desire to have a home that overlooks the racetrack.” 

According to Capwell, having the proposed development annexed into the city and rezoned would be the first important step in the building process. Capwell said that, while the owners and builders won’t be setting plans in stone until the annexation and rezoning requests are granted, they have been working on drawing up preliminary plans. 

“Although preliminary, the name of the development will be Arrow Heights,” Capwell said. “These are just preliminary, we have not yet entered a full design phase for the development as that would be premature prior to annexation.” 

The development would consist of single-family homes built to fit and accent the current natural landscape of the land, Capwell said. 

“Our plans are not to come in and clear cut 45 acres of trees, but rather locate the homes within the existing settings while minimizing the unnecessary destruction of trees and avoidable damage to the natural environment,” Capwell said. “The intention is that the homes will, in general, be modern homes, yet will be built using many natural materials such as stone, brick and wood so that they can be modern homes, yet homes that will still blend with the natural environment of North Georgia.” 

Capwell said that the minimum standards for houses that will be built in the development would be single-family homes on one-acre minimum lots. The neighborhood would have an HOA to regulate it, and short-term rentals wouldn’t be allowed. 

Once a number of houses were sold in the community, Capwell said that approximately three acres of land in the development would be reserved for amenities like a pool, clubhouse and tennis courts.

The planning commission held a public hearing about the annexation request on May 10 and approved the request with no conditions. The Dawson County Board of Commissioners heard the request on May 6 and raised no official objections to it. 

The Dawsonville City Council held a public hearing on the request during its June 7 meeting and had no residents speak in opposition. 

The city council will hold a second public hearing at its June 21 meeting before voting on the request.