Grovetown leaders will consider a request at a Monday city council meeting to rezone a 34-acre parcel of residential property to include four commercial buildings and a subdivision.
The property is on Wrightbsoro Road at Trudeau Trail and originally was planned to be the fifth section of Northlake, a neighboring residential development.
Developer Crowell & Co. wants the rezoning from R-2 residential to PUD (Planned United Development) so commercial buildings can be included near the entrance, said Connie Smith, Grovetown Planning and Zoning director.
"Now, all they are doing is they are throwing a little twist on it and putting commercial up front," Smith said.
The PUD zoning fits with the city's comprehensive plan, which calls for that area to be low- to moderate-density residential land uses, including single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes, and small nonresidential uses.
The proposed site plan will include 70 detached single-family homes with a minimum of 1,800 square feet on an average 10,230 square foot lot, Smith said. The homes are estimated to sell for $155,000-$239,000 and will be similar to nearby subdivisions.
Several residents attended a Sept. 18 Grovetown Planning Commission meeting to oppose the rezoning.
Dottie and Mike Brocato live just outside the city limits on Wrightsboro Road, directly across from Trudeau Trail. Dottie Brocato said traffic already is bad in the area, which is close to Grovetown Middle and Cedar Ridge Elementary schools.
She fears additional development will make the problem worse.
Joe Todd, the potential developer of the property, said the four commercial buildings -- two 4,000-square-foot and two 4,800-square-foot buildings -- could include an ice cream shop, hair salon or other small businesses.
Smith said the site plan also includes two entrances to the neighborhood -- one connected to the main road of Northlake, and a second entrance onto Wrightsboro Road across from Chamblin Road.
The state Department of Transportation will make the final determination on whether that entrance onto Wrightsboro Road can be built, Smith said.
Commission members agreed to approve the rezoning request, but it must go before the city council for final approval. The officials will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Grovetown City Hall at 103 Old Wrightsboro Road.
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