Planning Commission accepts extension request
by Joshua Sharpe
October 03, 2013 11:22 PM | 1871 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — South Cherokee County residents up in arms over a planned residential development of 68 acres on Trickum Road will have to wait a little longer to hear the county’s verdict on the plans.

The Cherokee County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to accept Lennar Georgia’s request for a 30-day extension to reconsider its 109-home proposal, which is to be built on Trickum Road north of Arnold Mill Road. All members of the nine-person board voted to accept the postponement, except Rick Whiteside, who recused himself from the vote, because his personal business has worked for the developer on the project.

In recent weeks, residents nearby the planned development have expressed strong concerns the development would negatively impact the community.

The applicant’s attorney, Parks Huff, said the request to reconsider the plans for the development was partly because of those concerns, which Lennar Georgia is “certainly” willing to consider moving forward.

“We’ve met with the neighbors at a public participation meeting, and they all had good questions and good concerns,” Huff said.

Now, residents are waiting to see Lennar Georgia’s next set of plans.

“We have got to see the plan and see how it turns out. In the plan, there was nowhere for children to play, just streets and houses, no recreation. We are hoping it will add a recreation area,” said Ana Maria Collantes. “Until we see the plan, we are kind of on hold.”

As is often the case with coming developments, Collantes said the main issue that has neighbors concerned is the potential impact on traffic.

“With the other high density in the area, the one across from the elementary school is 200 plus homes, and the one across the street, I think a lot of people don’t realize what is about to happen,” she said.

The group has set up a website, www.save trickumroadfromgridlock.com, to help residents in the area stay informed and to gather names for a petition.

Huff said considering the other neighborhoods already near the property, the planned neighborhood isn’t out of character with how Cherokee County has anticipated the area near Woodstock to develop.

“The proposal is consistent with the county’s land use plan,” he said. “So the proposal is consistent with (how) the county believes the area should grow.”

He added the most recent proposal of 109 homes is down from the 129 originally planned.

In another case Tuesday night, the Planning Commission voted 7-2, with Thais Escondo and Garland Stewart opposed, to recommend approval of EAH Investments’ request rezone 53.44 acres at Hames and Jamerson roads for a single family residential subdivision with 160 homes.

EAH requested variances to the zoning to accommodate a water-retention system planned, but the commission chose to approve without those variances.

Escondo said she was concerned the development was out of character for the area.

Commission Chair Bob Whitaker responded to her concerns by noting land use is rarely “static.”

The plan now goes to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners for consideration and a final decision.

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