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Denial recommended for Hopewell Road rezoning

Planning Commission opposes 17-lot subdivision



MILTON, Ga. — Milton’s Planning Commission recommended denial of a 17-lot subdivision along Hopewell Road, just south of the Vickery Crest subdivision at its March 22 meeting. Applicants Fuqua & Associates were requesting the 14.6 acres be rezoned from AG-1 to R-4A for the proposed subdivision. The vote was unanimous with Wilson Borden absent.

The proposed subdivision would contain 1.16 units per acre, but as commission staff pointed out, a pond in the southwest corner of the plat was included in those numbers, and just two of the proposed lots, the two abutting Hopewell Road, would be over one acre. The majority would be under a half-acre.

City staff recommended denial as the land is designated Agriculture, Equestrian and Estate residential (AEE) in the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which was approved in Oct. 2016.

The proposed rezoning will go to the City Council for final consideration.

In other action, the Planning Commission voted to approve a change in the process of preliminary plats.

After city staff reviews the application for completeness, the preliminary plat will either go to Kathy Field, Milton’s community development director, or to the Planning Commission, depending on the plat size.

For a preliminary plat of three lots or less, Field will conduct an administrative review and either approve or deny it.

For major preliminary plats, anything over three lots, a public hearing will be held at a Planning Commission meeting, with the builder and city staff present to answer any questions or concerns by residents. The Planning Commission can then either approve or deny the plat before it goes before city staff to ensure it is in compliance with city codes.

If the plat is within compliance, the plats then go before the City Council. A minor plat will be placed on the council’s consent agenda. A major plat will placed on the agenda under new business.

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