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During the November 8 meeting of the Dawsonville Planning Commission, the commission approved the site plan for a townhouse community project to be built on Maple Street in Dawsonville.

According to the information package included with the application, Cook Communities has requested approval of a site plan for an attached single-family home located at 362 Maple Street. Gainesville attorney Jane Range spoke during the meeting with members of the planning committee on behalf of the plaintiff, explaining that the company is seeking permission to build 31 townhouses on the plot of ground.

“The property is zoned into the multi-family neighborhood and the townhouses are a permitted use in the neighborhood and they are seeking permission for 31 homes,” Range said. “Basically, approval of the site plan is all that was needed as it is already zoned with townhouses. ”

Range presented the site plan to the Planning Commission, explaining that the proposed development would be a single-entry road with a cul-de-sac, retention pond and the 31 townhouses. The proposed townhouses as presented at the meeting would be 1,600 square feet, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and would meet the minimum requirements for the neighborhood.

She added that the designs of the proposed units have been changed in the current plan from previous ones to add more differentiation between the units, rather than all looking the same.

“The only problem that arose during the staff review was to do a bit of modulation up front and try to add more bricks.” The units are somewhat staggered so they don’t not form a single large line across the entire forehead – some [are] with shutters, some without shutters, slatted boards, straight boards and others with a window on the third floor to change the exterior appearance.

Anna Toblinski, Planning Commissioner of Station 4, asked the applicant if there will be a fence along the dividing lines of the proposed development. Keith Cook, the owner of Cook Communities, said his company typically adds a vegetated buffer zone all around their developments with staggered tree lines.

Station 3 Planning Commissioner Sandy Sawyer asked Cook if the development would have an association of owners. Cook responded that the development would have an HOA and all yards would be professionally landscaped.

During the presentation of the proposed development, the Director of Planning and Zoning, David Picklesimer, questioned the applicant regarding several conditions included in the zoning of the parcel, including the requirement that the development be identified as ” active adult community ”.

“They will be required to incorporate the verb for this community of active adult life; it will also have to be part of the alliances, ”said Picklesimer. “It’s R3 zoning with the zoning condition for active adult life and other conditions as well; the interior of houses should meet certain requirements.

Toblinski added that another of the conditions was that 20 percent of units must meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities. Cook said that while his business typically has a few units that are accessible to people with disabilities, they generally leave it up to the owner to customize when they move in.

According to the notes of the urban planning director in the information file included with the request, “the R6 zoning has been approved with the following conditions: dedicate an additional right-of-way, the agreements must identify the project as an active adult, widen the road Of Maple Street South’s two-foot paved traffic, twenty percent of units must meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.

Picklesimer informed the Planning Commission that while the currently proposed units do not meet the stipulations set out in the zoning approval, the issue on the table at Monday’s meeting is only to approve the site plan, which only includes the layout of the lot and the configuration of the street. . For this reason, he said that the planning commission could take steps to approve or deny the site plan and that the applicant could work either to meet the conditions set out in the current zoning or to request a rezoning of the property. in order to allow different directives.

Range and Cook told commissioners they would work with Picklesimer to work out the details of how to meet the zoning requirements.

“We’ll go ahead and work with David again to see what we need to do about the active adult and if that will work and if we need any other zoning changes,” Range said.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the proposed development. The application is expected to go to Dawsonville City Council with a public hearing on December 8, and council is expected to approve or deny the development on December 20.