Woodstock approves new 196-home subdivision
by Michelle Babcock
November 19, 2013 11:55 PM | 1843 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a proposal from Oak Hall Companies to build a 196-home subdivision at the intersection of Trickum and Barnes roads at its meeting Monday at The Chambers at City Center.

The council voted to annex 82.46 acres east of Trickum Road into the city, and rezone the land for single-family, detached homes.

The attorney representing Oak Hall, Parks Huff, told council the company reached an agreement with the county to donate right-of-way land for future road improvements and fire station use.

“It is unprecedented that we reached an agreement with the county,” Huff said. “Oak Hall did a tremendous job on this annexation … it’s an opportunity to develop this gorgeous piece of land in a conservation fashion.”

About 40 percent of the land will be preserved as green space. The subdivision plan originally included 216 homes but was reduced to 196 homes, Woodstock Zoning Administrator Patti Hart said.

“The plan was a result of several meetings with staff, as well as input from the Board of Commissioners,” Hart said.

Along with conservation space, including the existing lake, a trail network and an amenities package, the company will build out parts of the multi-use Greenprints Trail network and add easements for the building of future trail, Hart said.

Residents expressed concern about traffic when the company proposed the subdivision in the summer, and Hart presented a traffic study performed on the intersection where the development would be built.

“Most notable findings indicate that the intersection at Barnes and Trickum function acceptably in the evening peak hours and at most times throughout the day,” Hart said. “However, most delays are experienced in the morning hours.”

Little River Elementary, along with other nearby schools, put stress on the Trickum and Barnes roads intersection during the morning and afternoon times.

Hart said the traffic study also showed Trickum Road would benefit from a third lane from Arnold Mill Road to the Cobb County line, though there are currently no plans for the improvements.

When the Board of Commissioners considered the annexation of the land at a September meeting, the board agreed to support the proposal if the company would donate land for a future county project to widen Trickum Road and add an extra turn lane from Barnes Road onto Trickum.

In lieu of building a sidewalk that wouldn’t be connected to a sidewalk system on either end, the council agreed to let Oak Hall donate $50,000 for the city to use for sidewalk improvements or repairs anywhere in the city.

Huff said the company will also donate two acres to improve or replace Fire Station No. 7.

Four residents spoke in favor of the development at the meeting, pointing out Oak Hall kept them informed and were willing to put their promises in writing.

Speakers said Oak Hall was adding to the community, and appreciated that the plan included the conservation of green space.

Along with the 196-house subdivision, the council also approved a second request from Oak Hall to rezone 17.05 acres on Ragsdale Road to build 51 single-family houses.

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