JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek City Council voted unanimously Feb. 26 to allow a previously denied zoning petition to be resubmitted.

In February 2017, the council denied a petition to build a multistory storage facility at 11105 Jones Bridge Road, a lot currently zoned for office.

The city’s zoning ordinance requires that if a petition is denied, the owner must wait 12 months and demonstrate a significant difference from the earlier proposal before it can be resubmitted.  

The new proposal differs from the original in size. While the original proposal was 55 feet, or three-stories, from street view, the new proposal is for 29-feet, or two stories. Staff reports state the primary concerns in the denial were the size of the facility and appearance from the street. 

The council unanimously agreed to allow the petition to move forward, in line with the recommendation of the Community Development Department and Assistant City Attorney Ronald Bennett.

This petition will now move forward through the normal zoning procedure.

In other business, the council voted to use eminent domain to seize two parcels along Abbotts Bridge Road from the homeowner associations of Abbotts Bridge Place and The Communities at Wellington. 

Bennett explained the covenants for these HOAs require approval of 67 percent of lots and 67 percent of first mortgage holders to voluntarily sell the land. Given this threshold, the attorney for the HOAs, with the support of the HOA boards, asked the city to use its power of eminent domain.  

The council’s vote was 6-1, with Councilwoman Stephanie Endres opposed. 

“There were other options we could have looked at and we didn’t,” she said. “Basically, eminent domain concerns me when we use it out of expediency.” 

The city will pay Abbotts Bridge Place, $10,759 for 123 square feet of right of way and 361 square feet of permanent easement and 6,926 square feet of temporary driveway easement. 

From Wellington, the city will acquire 3,488 square feet of right of way and 5,597 square feet of permanent easement for $124,700, which includes compensation for entryway signs, landscaping and irrigation. 

The land was acquired as part of the planned traffic project on Abbotts Bridge Road, or Ga. 120, from Parsons Road to Primrose Parkway. The project will include turn lane improvements, medians and the addition of an 8-to-10-foot sidewalk along both sides of the road. 

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