Council again tables rezoning request
by From staff reports
May 16, 2012 12:00 AM | 2187 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — A request to rezone property to make way for apartments was once again tabled by the Woodstock City Council on Monday.

The council, at the request of the applicant, tabled until June 13 a request from Residential Group, LLC to rezone 17.5 acres of property along Highway 92 east of Main Street and Laurelwood Drive from downtown commercial and low density residential to downtown multi-family residential.

The company would like to build a roughly 286-unit apartment complex on the property.

The request had been tabled last month to give the applicant time to satisfy the council’s concerns of the impact of traffic coming onto Highway 92.

Parks Huff, the attorney for the applicant, said the company eliminated their request to allow cars to turn left onto Highway 92 east bound.

Both council members Tessa Basford and Randy Brewer said they loved the project, but added they had concerns about the impact of drivers turning onto and off of Highway 92.

“This intersection just doesn’t make sense to me,” Basford said, referring to the Highway 92 and Laurelwood Drive intersection.

The council also approved a resolution to support applying for infrastructure financing with the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.

The bank is a revolving infrastructure investment fund that provides loans to eligible state, regional and local governmental entities to help fund eligible transportation projects.

Projects eligible for funding include those roadway projects that would be “motor-fuel tax eligible.”

Projects the city has proposed to be considered eligible include Arnold Mill Road/Towne Lake Parkway improvements at no more than $3 million, Ridgewalk Parkway/Woodstock Parkway improvements at $2.7 million and the city’s proposed grid street network at $2 million.

The council also:

* Recognized officer Matt Carroll, who assisted a male driver who accidentally shot himself in the leg at the intersection of Highway 92 and Main Street last month;

* Appointed Elaine Hubbard to the Sequoyah Regional Library Board of Trustees;

* Recognized firefighters Noah Lindley, Clay Cowley, Kevin Fox and Sgt. Denny Hall, whose quick thinking allowed a patient to subsequently leave the hospital;

* Recognized Walter Franco, who was promoted to the rank of sergeant by the Woodstock Police Department;

* Approved an emergency extension of an apartment moratorium in the Ridgewalk area until Nov. 19;

* Approved a request for the Georgia Department of Transportation to increase the speed limit in the Woodstock Elementary school zone from 20 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour in order for the police department to obtain a radar permit;

Mayor Donnie Henriques was not present.

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