For the second time in two months a major developer has backed out of a meeting with the Commerce Planning Commission seeking its recommendation for rezonings to accommodate a mixed-use project.
Following a “work session” meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Walton Group asked that its rezoning request be tabled.
The group seeks rezoning on more than 400 acres in the vicinity of Homer Road, Hospital Road and the U.S. 441 bypass, where it proposes substantial commercial development, 250 single-family residences, 255 townhouses and 350 units of apartment buildings.
Most of the commercial property, along with the single-family homes and townhouses would be located on the triangle of land bordered by Homer Road and the bypass, while the apartments and the rest of the commercial use would be constructed across Homer Road on both sides of Hospital Road.
The main tract — 262 acres — had previously been zoned and permitted for the commercial, townhouse and single-family development when it was owned by Atlanta developer David Chatham. To that project, The Walton Group proposes to add 96.88 acres for commercial development and 46.07 acres for multifamily housing.
A number of people who live adjacent to the property appeared Monday night, only to be told — some for the second month in a row — that discussion of the request has been delayed.
Presumably, the project will be back on the table at the planning commission’s Nov. 26 meeting at 7 p.m. in the Commerce Civic Center.
For the full story, including details of two proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance, see the Oct. 30 print edition of The Commerce News.