Posted: Tuesday, July 1st 2014 at 7:02pm
Gainesville City Council approves zoning for neighborhood on Hwy 129
By Brian Stewart Staff
GAINESVILLE - At its meeting Tuesday night, the Gainesville City Council approved a zoning request for Alcovy-20, Inc. to build houses on a 26-acres tract on the east and west sides of Wilson Drive.
Wilson Drive is located on Athens Highway just east of I-985.
The new houses would be a minimum of 1,500 square feet and have two floors.
One concern voiced by George Rucker, a citizen who owns property on both sides of the development, was the effect this would have on traffic on Highway 129.
"You have a left turn into Lenox Park, and then another left turn onto Wilson Drive," said Rucker.
He estimated the distance between the turns to be around 200 feet.
The developer said they've spoken with the Georgia DOT, but the new neighborhood doesn't have enough houses to merit a study that could potentially put in a traffic light.
"129 is the biggest artery for Gainesville," said Rucker, who was the only person to speak in opposition to the request.
The council was also asked to amend the request for sidewalks.
City standards dictate that a developer must put sidewalks on both sides of the street.
The new development has about one mile of green space between the north and south ends of the subdivision, and a representative from Alcovy asked that they be allowed to build sidewalks only on one side of that stretch.
The council denied the amendment, but passed the zoning request in a 4-1 vote.
Councilman Sam Couvillon of Ward 1 was the only "no" vote.
A second reading will be held at the July 15 meeting, where the proposal could receive final approval.
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