Woodstock Council postpones Walton development vote
by Michelle Babcock
March 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 1961 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An award-winning community is looking to expand its footprint in downtown Woodstock, possibly adding 119 new housing units in the heart of the city at Market and Reeves streets.

The Marietta-based developer behind Woodstock West by Walton, a 308-unit apartment community in downtown Woodstock, has plans to add 89 apartment units and 30 townhomes to the complex.

The Woodstock City Council was set to vote on the developer’s request for rezoning 6.561 acres, but agreed unanimously to table the vote until its next meeting.

Walton Director of Development Russell Smith asked the Woodstock City Council to push back its vote on the Walton rezoning request “to allow us time to work through the engineering scenarios and get the necessary feedback from the city staff.”

The rezoning request was initially up for a vote before council Feb. 24, but city staff asked to table the request to allow for more time to review the Walton plan.

The 6.561-acre property is part of a 32-acre master planned community by Walton, which included a range of housing options including townhomes, apartments and independent retirement housing.

Walton’s plan was originally to have senior living and have 16 townhomes on the 6.561-acre property, but the developer asked the Woodstock City Council to consider rezoning the land to remove the age restriction and allow 30 townhomes.

Patti Hart, Woodstock community development planner, reviewed the rezoning request, and noted in the case documents that the original zoning allowed for 640 units on the 32-acre property.

“Of the 640 total units permitted on the 32-acre property, 380 residential multifamily units have been built,” Hart stated. “(Walton) contends that current demographics suggest non-age restricted units would have a higher likelihood of being absorbed by the market. The request for 30 townhome units as opposed to 16 is also appropriate in that it is shifting density permitted and not increasing the overall permitted density.”

Hart wrote in the documents that the apartments and townhomes in Walton’s plan “are an extension of the Walton West and downtown center in general, and will complement rather than adversely affect surrounding properties.”

Walton has a recent history in working with the city; Woodstock West by Walton and the city of Woodstock were jointly awarded the 2013 Development of Excellence Livable Centers Initiative Achievement Award by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The council voted unanimously to table Walton’s rezoning request until the next regular council meeting.

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