A request to rezone 39 acres near Highway 316 from RA-200 (agricultural) to C-2 (general business district) for the purpose of constructing a 364,760-square-foot retail center will go before the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners after the Gwinnett County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the request on Tuesday, March 4.
The retail shopping center would include a main retail building with 266,700 square feet with the remaining footage allocated between office/retail buildings and retail out-parcels. The proposed development would have a total of 1,079 parking spaces.
The retail center would be constructed across Winder Highway from the shopping center which currently includes Stars and Strikes, Papa Johns and other restaurants and businesses.
"Given that development pattern and this being a major interchange along 316, we are supportive and have recommended approval," said Jeff West, Gwinnett County Manager of Current Planning.
The owners and applicants, Walton Development and Management, also own 157 acres in Dacula slated for development as "Peak at University Parkway."
During their March 4 meeting, the Gwinnett County Planning Commission also recommended approval with conditions for a request to rezone a 55-acre tract of land on Braselton Highway to R-100 modified for the purpose of constructing a 125-lot subdivision.
The property is located on Braselton Highway between Mount Moriah and Dee Kennedy Road. The recommended conditions include a requirement that the single-family detached dwellings have a minimum square footage of 2,200 for one-story homes and 2,400 for two-story structures.
In other business at Tuesday night's meeting, the Gwinnett County Planning Commission recommended denial of a request to rezone 6.04 acres in Buford from MH (mobile home park) and R-100 (residential) to O-I (office-institutional district) for the purpose of constructing a retirement community/assisted living facility. The applicant, Christopher Hunt Sr. was not present at the meeting.
The subject property is located on the west side of the 1000 block of Buford Drive, just north of its intersection with Braselton Highway. Currently, the property is developed with one single-family home adjacent to Buford Drive with several mobile homes located on the remainder of the site.
Citing two deferrals and the difficulty in obtaining requested information about the proposed project, district 4 planning commission appointee Clint Dixon motioned to deny the request.
Article by: Kristi Reed
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