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Planning Commission reviews high-density development

Site would include homes, townhomes on nearly 17 acres



MILTON, Ga. — Land surrounding the pond along Mayfield Road near Downtown Crabapple could soon be under development with the proposal of a 69 home subdivision.

The development, dubbed Lakeside at Mayfield Road, would include 28 single-family homes and 41 townhomes on 16.9 acres which includes the pond running along the westbound side of Mayfield.

The proposal was first presented at last Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting.

Under the proposed plan, Milton would take possession of 4.9 acres of the pond and surrounding areas to be used as park space.

It is that park space that allows for the high-density development.

Under the four parcels’ zoning, a limit of five units per acre is permitted under the Crabapple form based code. However, with Milton taking possession of the pond acreage, as well as a half-acre for a potential road connection, that number was raised to the maximum of nine units per acre.

Those added units come through the city’s Transfer of Development Rights program. The program allows landowners the ability to waive the right to develop their land and to transfer those development rights to a different parcel of land. That allowed developer Taylor Morrison to nearly double the density of the subdivision permissible under the current zoning.

Even with the density, Zoning Manager Robyn MacDonald said the city could get a “big bang for the buck” in the subdivision.

The city has sought the pond for use as park space, including under the Downtown Crabapple Placemaking Plan which was approved in May. In addition to the transfer of ownership of the pond and surrounding areas, the developer will repair the dam and triple the volume of the lake through excavation.

Surrounding the pond area will be a path and a public parking area along the main entrance.

The development also includes lit sidewalks on both sides of the public road traversing the subdivision.

Residents, however, have voiced concerns about the road. Multiple residents from Dansbury Park voiced their concerns over traffic. The main entrance of the development would be directly across the street from the neighborhood.

Kenneth Wood of Taylor Morrison said the developer is looking into the possibility of a left turn lane into the development, but residents were still concerned it would not alleviate their difficulties in exiting the subdivision.

Another entrance would connect Lakeside to the Charlotte Drive extension. A potential third entrance is possible behind Crabapple Crossing Elementary.

Under the city’s new preliminary plan review process, the Planning Commission no longer recommends approval or denial of developments. Rather, the commission meetings provide “public hearing, review comment and recommendations” to the developer according to the city code.

The community development director can then apply those recommendations by approving, denying or returning the plan to the developer with comments.

Upon approval from the director, the developer is then granted a land disturbance permit. The infrastructure, such as roads, must be in place before the development goes before the City Council for a final plat review.

The Planning Commission made no recommendations following the Lakeside presentation.

A proposal for four lots on 36 acres on Holly Road and Arnold Mill Road was also presented at the meeting with no recommendations from the board.

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