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Rezoning for housing development near Windward approved
by Rachel Kellogg
February 03, 2014 05:18 PM | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A rendering of the proposed development.
A rendering of the proposed development.
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Disappointed grumbles echoed throughout council chambers last week as Alpharetta City Council members voted 4-3 to approve a new housing development off of Webb Bridge Road, near Lake Windward.

The approval, which was backed by councilmen Donald Mitchell, Mike Kennedy, Chris Owens and D.C. Aiken, will allow for a property zoned for office space only to be rezoned for a residential development with 91 homes.

Many residents who attended the four-hour proposal and public hearing were there to speak out against the plan, saying that there was no reason to divert from the zoning guidelines laid out in the city's Windward Masterplan.

Resident Kelly Gibson, president of the nearby Westwind Owners Association, said the masterplan “was put forth with a lot of thought and dedication, and there's no reason to change that.”

Resident Jerry Knazek agreed that an office building would be ideal for this property and asked council members not to “squander a valuable piece of land.” He continued, “save it for that person that wants to use it for something really special.”

A few residents, such as Bob Hosfield, spoke in favor of the rezoning.

“Plans are in place so we know what we're going for, but not to pass up better ideas,” Hosfield said.

Councilman Kennedy agreed and, making a motion to approve the rezoning, said using that space for offices “would be a mistake” when the surrounding area is all residential.

Kennedy also reminded the audience that the city defines “high-density” residential projects as having 10 units per acre; this project puts two units on each acre.

Councilman Jim Gilvin, who — along with Mayor David Belle Isle and Councilman Michael Cross — voted against the rezoning, said he was not convinced that the change was “in the best interest of Alpharetta.”

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