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City hires consultant to review multi-family development plans

City hires consultant to review multi-family development plans

SNELLVILLE (July 20, 2014) – The city has retained a consultant experienced with municipal development regulations to determine how two proposed multi-family and mixed residential housing developments may impact the city and nearby neighborhoods before they are considered by the city’s Planning Commission and Mayor and Council.

Megan Will, Senior Planner with Cribb Philbeck Weaver Group, Inc., will analyze data and issues regarding the two sites requesting zoning changes near Eastside Medical Center. 

Will served as Lead Planner with Jacobs Engineering when that firm guided the city through its in-depth 2030 Comprehensive Plan and she has helped craft City Ordinances for overlay districts within Snellville. 

According to an agreement with the city, Will will provide land use and zoning analysis in relationship to existing City Ordinances. 

The analysis will help determine, among other benefits, the following:

  • Compatibility with the city’s current Comprehensive Plan 
  • Compatibility with surrounding land uses 
  • Compatibility with the city’s applicable Zoning regulations 
  • Estimation of new K-12 students generated by the development 
  • Estimation of future gains to the City’s tax digest, at project build-out using current city millage rates 
  • Traffic impact and analysis 

The city has received two applications asking for rezones of property earmarked for multi-family developments. One is for a 252-unit multi-family/apartment complex and the other a 399-unit mixed- residential complex which will include single family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The city’s professional staff is in the process of reviewing the applications and is comparing them to the policies previously put in place by the Mayor and Council. The city staff will then make a recommendation based on its findings, including Will’s assessment and input, and send it to the City Planning Commission which will hear the requests at its Aug. 26 meeting. The Planning Commission will then send its recommendations to the Mayor and Council for first and second readings and then a final vote and decision. The Mayor and Council has an open time frame for studying all aspects of these requests before taking a final vote. 

As City Manager Butch Sanders states, “We are gratified that after a long economic recession two high-quality development groups are interested in our community, but given the complexity of both requests this is really going to be an educational process for all involved. We appreciate the patience and understanding of all parties.”

The applications have already been sent to the Gwinnett County Planning Department and the Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education for review.