At the June 18 council meeting, Johns Creek city council voted against changing the zoning of a parcel of land at McGinnis Ferry Road and Bell Road, citing the 2030 Future Development Map and the activity node the parcel sits within.
The property owner’s son John Barrett applied to change the zoning from mixed use district to single family dwelling district which would allow for a 155 single family subdivision.
At the council meeting, Barrett presented another option outlining a 152 lot subdivision, which had not been to the planning commission and was emailed to the council Friday before the meeting, along with other plans in an attempt to give council options. All options excluded commercial components.
Previously, Barrett said he has been asked by the planning commission to include commercial property on the land to follow the comprehensive plan set by the city, but pursuit of commercial development has not been successful.
“We have substantial vacancy of commercial in the area. If we build more commercial in that area it will further hurt the neighborhood,” Barrett said. “We have tried to market that property for commercial for five years. We don’t have any desire for commercial.”
Barrett said a builder is ready to purchase the property if it can be rezoned for all residential, but staff pointed out that in the Future Development Map the area was designated as the McGinnis Ferry Road Corridor Activity Node and Transitional Area.
Councilman Ivan Figueroa said the staff recommendation’s explanation helped him decide against the rezoning, including the part that states, “a single-family subdivision may be suitable for the Character Area, such uses would be reserved by the Comprehensive Plan for areas outside the McGinnis Ferry Road portion of the Activity Node.”
Figueroa made the motion to deny the rezoning and Councilman Randall Johnson seconded the motion. The denial of the rezoning was unanimous.