The Town of Braselton will allow an independent builder to take over the completed streets in a subdivision that has not met its 75 percent completion rate. The request comes from Fairway (aka Ardent Company) Arcadia to accept the completed streets in Bakers Farm subdivision prior to meeting the 75 percent completion rate.
At a work session on Thursday, April 10, town manager Jennifer Dees said the town staff is “cautiously OK with the proposal.”
“The conversation over this has actually been going on for 12 months,” said Dees. “The builders and the developers are all trying to find a way to make it work.”
The town council approved the request on Monday, April 14, after one person – Mike Downing, president of the informal council for Baker’s Farm subdivision, asked the council to vote affirmatively to accept it.
Before the vote, however, two residents of the Township of Mulberry Park subdivision—voiced “ongoing” concerns before the council with the quality of a bridge in their neighborhood.
George Wentworth said he was representing some of his neighbors when he said “the fact that historically there was never supposed to be any development in that area until the rear entrance to the subdivision was completed.”
Wentworth named distance for fire department problems and the dramatic increases in homeowner’s insurance rates as a result of “the city failing to follow their own rules in allowing the developer to develop without having that road completed.”
“Now we have a third developer who appears to be seeking to build and that road still has not been completed,” said Wentworth, who asked the city to take it upon itself to complete the rear entrance so that the residents in that area have access to the rear fire department, or make it mandatory upon the new developer before they starts any new construction.
Marshall Poole also spoke to the council, reiterating Wentworth’s point.
“I’d hate to see one day the bridge to go out,” he said. “We plead with the city to do something. Give us another access point. It’s not a safe area.”
Poole said the interest way on Grand Hickory is breaking up and needs to be repaved, which Jennifer Dees said at the meeting that the council had already approved the road to be repaved.