Commission to discuss rules for high-rise condos Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County commissioners Tuesday will discuss, and possibly vote on, new rules that would allow high-rise condo towers in the unincorporated county.

County commissioners deferred the issue two weeks ago after holding a public hearing.

It was tabled because one commissioner was out of town, and so the five-member panel could receive a report from the county Planning Department.

As proposed, the rules would allow 25-story condo towers and mixed-use projects along heavily traveled roads in business centers that border Interstate 85, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 316.

Areas along I-85 where the high-density development would be allowed are at Jimmy Carter Boulevard, the Gwinnett Place area, the Sugarloaf area, the Mall of Georgia and the Hamilton Mill area.

They would also be allowed on the north side of Ga. 316 beside the Lawrenceville city limits, and along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard between the DeKalb County line and Holcomb Bridge Road.

However, a majority of commissioners are uncomfortable with allowing the high-density development in the Hamilton Mill area and beside Ga. 316.