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Proposed development draws residents’ ire
by Bobby Tedder
September 19, 2013 10:12 AM | 1274 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A developer’s plans for a new subdivision on Mabry Road in Sandy Springs appear to have hit a snag in the form of opposition from residents.

During its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, the Sandy Springs City Council voted unanimously to defer a final decision on the project, sending it back to the planning commission for scrutiny and possible re-working.

Traton Homes LLC is seeking rezoning measures on the 600 block of Mabry Road to allow it to build a 20-lot subdivision.

A crowd of residents from the Spalding Woods neighborhood turned out at this week’s meeting to voice their concerns and misgivings over the proposed project’s perceived impact there. Their objections were centered on potential issues of density, lack of compatibility with existing aesthetics and ingress safety issues, among other things.

Longtime Mabry Road resident Robert Barger was among those to express his displeasure during a public hearing session.

“Many of us voted to incorporate Sandy Springs because we were concerned about our neighborhoods — we wanted our neighborhoods to remain protected and to free us from these arbitrary zoning decisions that were made by Fulton County, Barger said. “We want to maintain our status as a protected neighborhood and we want to maintain the same density as we have now.”

Pete Hendricks, an attorney representing the applicant, urged council members to defer the vote.

“The issues and problems that are existing and in place have been made loud and clear to the applicant,” said Hendricks. “We think there would be merit to the deferral to be able to continue the dialogue. Not only is the applicant engaged, but we are engaging the sellers … hopefully, their thoughts and ideas as to their property value will be brought to the table for discussion.”

The issue is expected to come back before council members Nov. 19.

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