An area developer is now one step closer to moving forward with plans to include 152 more residences in a proposed neighborhood along Lee Castleberry Road, near Ga. 400.
The Dawson County Planning Commission voted 3-0 on Aug. 16 to recommend approval for a request to rezone two parcels totaling 25.35 acres off of the roadway, which sits between Stacie Lane and Lumpkin Campground Road. Planning commission member Steve Sanvi was not able to attend and vote.
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The Aug. 16 decision follows the planning commission’s recommending vote and the Board of Commissioners’ ultimate decision this past fall to approve Stark Land Development’s requested rezone for a proposed 48 townhomes at the corner of Stacie Lane and Lee Castleberry Road. The BOC’s October vote was a divided 3-1 decision, with District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett opposing the measure.
The proposed development would include 160 townhomes and 40 single-family, semi-detached houses, or a total of 200 residential units mixed together, developer Billy Stark said at the Aug. 16 meeting.
The proposed rezone from Residential Agricultural to Residential Multi-Family would pin the neighborhood’s overall density at about six units per acre, according to planning documents.
Amenities would include a linear park and sidewalk along the developer’s side of Lee Castleberry Road; a central clubhouse, tennis courts and pool area; an activity lawn; pocket parks and a walking trail. Two access points are shown on the development’s conceptual plans.
The sidewalks and linear park are part of the proposed improvements on Lee Castleberry Road between its intersection with Lumpkin Campground Road at the newer roundabout and Ga. 400.
Other planning recommendations include the widening of Lee Castleberry Road, an eastbound deceleration lane going into the development and turning lanes off of the roadway.
Carol Weathers, who lives off of Lee Castleberry Road, pointed out during her comments to the planning commission that there’s not currently a red light at the roadway’s intersection with Ga. 400, making the area difficult to enter and exit.
“Somebody’s going to get hurt there sooner or later if there’s not a light not put in there, especially with all the homes and people that are going to be moving in there,” Weathers said.
Stark acknowledged public sentiment about the project while advocating that his company’s land would be the right place for it.
“Being on the far south side of the county and this close to Ga. 400, we think this is really smart growth,” he said of the proposed development. “It’s surrounded by all of these exact uses and all of these exact zonings.”