Woodstock OKs new subdivision
by Michelle Babcock
February 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 4594 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved an Alpharetta-based developer’s plans to build a subdivision south of Highway 92 on the Butterworth property at its meeting Monday at The Chambers at City Center.

Ashton Atlanta Residential initially planned for 105 lots on the property off Highway 92 between Claremore Drive and Glens Way in Woodstock, but revised its plan to have 94 single-family detached homes.

Attorney Parks Huff, representing Ashton Atlanta Residential, said the developer’s plan for the 26-acre tract known as the Butterworth property and located at 13426 and 13430 Highway 92 is to build four detached houses per acre.

The subdivision will have an amenities package including a clubhouse and a pool, and the developer asked for a variance to allow for smaller lot sizes to be able to fit 94 homes on the 26.75 acres.

“The 94 is really important, because we have to have enough homes to support that amenities package,” Huff said. “It all fits together.”

Council members approved a variance to allow for a minimum lot size of 6,000 square feet in the proposed the subdivision, and the developer said only eight lots will come close to the minimum size. Most will be at least 7,000 square feet or larger, the developer said.

The plan also includes a connection to Mountain Brook Parkway to allow for access to the signalized light at the Highway 92 intersection, and provide a second entrance to the neighborhood.

Woodstock Fire Marshal Jimmy Eley said, while there is no code to require the second entrance, it is a good safety measure.

Two Woodstock residents expressed their concerns during the public comment portion of the agenda item, but both said they supported the development.

One speaker said he lived in an apartment in the Bluffs, next to the proposed development, and is concerned about traffic safety. The resident said he’s happy with the development as long as the traffic is handled well.

The second speaker said she lived on Glens Drive and was concerned about the new development’s residents not paying into the master association, which, she said, both surrounding subdivisions pay into for the upkeep of shared areas.

Leon Butterworth, 64, a Cherokee native, said he and his brothers kept the land until his parents died, and said the development would make his parents proud.

“I think dad, and mom liked to see the progress coming their way,” Butterworth said. “(We) approve of the plan for this land.”

Council voted unanimously to approve the developer’s plan.

The Feb. 17 work session of mayor and council was canceled, and the next meeting will be Feb. 24

Also at the meeting Monday:

* Councilman Warren Johnson appointed John Henley to the Ethics Board and Jenny Gross to Parks and Recreation;

* Council proclaimed Feb. 26 Random Act of Kindness Day in honor of Gabriel Sierra;

* A joint meeting with the Downtown Development Authority was set for Feb. 27; and

* Council agreed to look into future county library funding for the Sequoyah Regional Library System, specifically two heavily used libraries in the city.

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