ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Council voted unanimously Monday to deny a request to change a zoning for office park space to residential townhome for a development along Holcomb Bridge Road, close to Powder Ridge Road. The request was to open the way for construction of 42 townhomes on an 8-acre property.
The Planning Commission had recommended approval of the rezoning request with nine conditions. Some of these conditions included constructing a stub street for more connectivity, an 8-foot sidewalk with 2-foot grass strips, dedicating a right-of-way and landscaping a 40-foot buffer with approval by the Design Review Board. Twenty visitor parking spaces would have been included.
“Staff felt that town homes would have been a good use for this location,” said Planning and Zoning Director Jackie Deibel.
When asked about the inclusion of the stub street instead of a cul-de-sac, a Department of Transportation spokesperson said that it would be to ensure safe entrance and exit to Powder Ridge Road.
Multiple nearby residents spoke at the meeting and cited concerns about density, traffic and clear cutting.
Residents also mentioned that townhomes would encourage people to live in Roswell, but commute to nearby cities for work, while office space would stimulate business and economic activity in the area. The city needs to start taking care of itself by bringing people who work here instead of people who just live here, one public commenter said.
Councilmember Nancy Diamond agreed and said that changing the zoning for townhomes would miss a great commercial opportunity for the area that more office space could bring.
Councilmember Mike Palermo motioned to deny the request saying that proper zoning is important for the city’s overall planning and balance.