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Board to consider rezonings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County commissioners have a full slate of rezonings to consider tonight, but the biggest are almost certain to be pushed back.

The county Planning Commission is recommending that two rezonings that would allow hundreds of homes be tabled until after the new year.

One of the rezonings would help clear the way for a 967-home subdivision on Mount Moriah Road in rural northeast Gwinnett, while the other would allow a 323-home conservation subdivision on Hope Hollow Lane in the Grayson area.

County commissioners generally follow the Planning Commission's advice on tabling cases, but even with those two out of the way, a raft of rezonings still await the Board of Commissioners.

County commissioners are no stranger to two of the rezonings, having denied them last year.

Afterward, the developers and property owners filed a lawsuit challenging the decision in court, but both sides recently signed a consent order, agreeing to give the zoning process another shot and avoid a trial.

While developers initially wanted the commission to rezone 63 acres on Spout Springs Road so they could put 387 townhomes on the land east of Buford, they have changed their plans.

Brayson Homes, which is new to the project, wants to create 187 small-lot homes on the parcels that drape Spout Springs Road, with one tract bordering Interstate 85. The dwellings would sit on 50- and 60-foot-wide lots.

"We think we've come up with a very reasonable plan in light of the property's location beside I-85," said Brayson's attorney, Lee Tucker.

Area homeowners have said the homes will exacerbate traffic congestion on local roads, and one planning commissioner raised the issue of school overcrowding.

The Planning Commission is recommending the development be approved as a lower-density, modified subdivision that would generally have 100-foot-wide lots.

Modified subdivisions allow developers to build smaller home lots when it is necessary to work around rock outcropping or other challenging site features.

The county commission usually handles rezonings on the fourth Tuesday of the month, but because of the holidays it meets earlier in December.