Opponents of an application to turn 11 residential lots in a Braselton subdivision to commercial will have about a week to negotiate with the developer concerning their property, but the developer already has the blessing from the Braselton Planning Commission when his application goes before the Braselton Town Council on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Applicant Randall W. Herron came before the Braselton Planning Commission at a public hearing held Tuesday asking for approval for a concept plan to convert the lots currently designated as PUD residential in Riverstone Park to PUD commercial, and was granted approval 3-1, with district 3 commissioner Tony Price opposed. The subdivision, Riverstone Park, is located in Hall County, one of the four counties that spans Braselton.
Before a motion was made, district 2 commissioner Chris Meadows said he had not heard anything that justified a “no” vote.
“I have not personally heard an argument denying this is a way to go,” he said. Meadows made the motion that the application be approved with the conditions of the planning staff. It was seconded by chairman Allen Slovin and approved by district 1 commissioner April Angeles. District 4 commissioner Ed Price recused himself from the vote because he is the owner of the 20.45-acre property in question. Herron told the commission that Price, who has owned the property for about three years, asked him to design it. The bulk is to be used for medical offices with a small amount of retail space.
Residents who live on Summerall Circle — and the other areas directly affected by the proposed commercial/office space— are in negotiations with Herron to meet their demands.
Herron said he talked to homeowners in the community, as well as the president of the Home Owners Association and met with the residents at a meeting last week. He said his company has tried to do all that he can to meet the concerns of the residents.
“I think we learned a lot from their questions and concerns,” Herron told the board. “There are just a number of reasons that we think it is better for the community. We have spent a lot of time discussing what we can do with their concerns.”
The concept plan is essentially to create a steep slope buffer behind the affected homes.
“It seems to me that the applicant has conceded basically to everything the homeowners have asked for,” said Slovin before he asked the board for a motion.
After the vote, Slovin commended the residents of Riverstone for participating in the process.
“You’ve listened and you’ve spoken and you’re heard the results,” he said.
Speaking for the applicant at Monday’s hearing was Mike Dominy and Jodi Kloiber. Speaking against was Don Wilson, Scott Cowen and Josh Lord.
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