City council unanimously approved the plan July 7.
“In general, what we heard [regarding public feedback] was they liked the rural, agricultural sort of aspect of Arnold Mill [Road] and they wanted to keep that … and put some nodes of non-residential development in certain areas,” said Michele McIntosh-Ross, city planner.
The Arnold Mill Road corridor was highlighted as an area of Milton in need of a master plan when the city was going through its comprehensive planning process.
City staff, with help from the Atlanta Regional Commission, started developing the visioning plan in the spring of 2013.
In addition to a rural focus, the visioning plan calls for opportunities for some mixed-use commercial development around the Cox Road intersection and by the Chadwick Road Landfill.
Both areas currently include non-residential uses, McIntosh-Ross said.
Community Development Director Kathy Field said those nodes of commercial development could include retail shops and offices but likely at a lower density than the Crabapple community.
McIntosh-Ross said transportation improvements have been discussed for the Cox Road area, including potentially adding a new road that would connect to New Providence Road and would alleviate some traffic congestion.
For the area by the Chadwick Road Landfill, city staff members are considering redeveloping the land in the future for recreational use.
“The landfill that is up there is on its last few years of fill,” McIntosh-Ross said.
Field said future development for the rest of the corridor would have more of a rural, residential focus.
To regulate the development along the Arnold Mill corridor, the city will use a form-based code overlay.
“The form-based code will be the implementation tool we use to carry out the intent of the plan that was just approved,” Field said.
“We’re about to hire a consultant to help us to develop this form-based code.”
Form-based code is a type of zoning overlay that was used to guide development in Crabapple and along Deerfield Parkway and will also be used to carry out the visioning plan for Highway 9 North, which was approved by city council June 2.