November 29, 2012 | 09:46 PM

What the residents were asking for was approval of the staff recommendation, which would have resulted in 10 lots averaging out at 0.7 acres each. What the city approved was 14 lots averaging out at 0.5 acres each.

Had the city approved the staff recommendation for the same plan as submitted by the developer, but with 10 lots instead of 14, there would have been the same controls as approved with the 14 lot plan. The council members and city council did not explain why they did not support the staff recommendation and the citizens request to revise the developer's plan to 10 lots so as to be in compliance with the land use plan, the character of the area, and provide somewhat larger lots (0.7 vs 0.5 acres) to be more consistent with adjacent properties over one acre in size.

The developer will soon find that to sell a home in the $600,000 and above range, the size of the lot and adequate spacing between the homes is an important factor. The residents believe that it would have been easier for the developer to achieve his price point if the lots had been larger and the homes more widely spaced. The developer may yet learn this lesson and end up combining the eight 0.4 acre lots into four 0.8 acre lots so as to be able to sell them to builders who understand the desires of more expensive home buyers.

Johns Creek resident
Johns Creek