May 28, 2013
MILTON, Ga. – A new subdivision on Batesville Road took another step toward completion at the most recent Milton City Council meeting. Councilmembers voted unanimously May 20 to rezone the 19.9 acres.
Brightwater Homes plans to build 15 single-family homes in the Highgrove subdivision on the west side of Milton. The current zoning for the land is agricultural, permitting one house per lot.
The rezoning to Community Unit Plan allows more flexible setbacks for topography issues, according to staff reports. There are reportedly steep slopes at the rear of the property and two detention ponds.
"Going to the CUP zoning really just allows internal flexibility for the property owners to develop the lots with slopes and things like that," Mayor Joe Lockwood said. "It's no more dense than the minimum in the city of Milton. They are not getting more lots out of it."
The same area was once a subdivision known as Milton Register. It was built under Fulton County law. There is still a house standing and one that is under construction on the land. Brightwater has purchased all the lots except the existing home, according to staff reports.
During the meeting, Councilwoman Karen Thurman addressed a more unorthodox issue.
She said she had received concern from residents about a possible bank with a drive-through going in the subdivision.
"The rumor mill in Milton is that there is a bank, but it's not in the site plan," Thurman said.
Charlie Bostwick, a homebuilder for Brightwater, said at the meeting that any gossip for a bank was unfounded. And that only residential housing is planned in the subdivision.
Brightwater is based in Sandy Springs.
According to a report from Fulton County Schools, Birmingham Falls Elementary School can take on the potential incoming students. But Northwestern Middle School and Milton High School cannot meet the request.
ALSO AT THE MEETING
Council unanimously approved the construction of a baseball field and an 8,800-square-foot barn on Birmingham Highway. Both will be for the private use of the landowner, and no loudspeakers, field lighting or concession stands will be allowed on the property.
HOW THEY VOTED
Appointment of Mike Doyle as member to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
Consideration of Birmingham Highway use permit for one baseball field and an 8,800-square-foot barn.
Consideration of Batesville Road to rezone from AG-1 (Agricultural) to CUP (Community Unit Plan) to develop 15 single-family residences (minimum 1-acre lots) on 19.9 acres.