Buford approves office/warehouse, condos

BUFORD - In 2004, Buford approved a long-range plan for future development that encourages the town to grow into an attractive, walker-friendly, mixed-use community.

A special-use permit granted Monday allows development of one of the first projects in accordance with that plan.

A condominium-type two-story building will be built on 12.6 acres zoned light industrial along the Buford Business Boulevard between U.S. Highway 23 and the downtown area. Plans show a row of about a dozen connected units in a federal-style building, each distinguished by columns, brick and a variety of architectural features. Cheeley Investments will offer the offices and warehouses for sale and the site will be maintained as a single development to maintain the integrity of the project.

Buford grows through annexations

Buford is slowly growing around the Mall of Georgia area and north into Hall County. Buford gained an additional seven acres of Gwinnett County comprised of three separate parcels in Monday's city commission meeting.

Gwinnett County objected to none of the annexations and Buford's Planning and Zoning Department recommended approval of all three.

A 1.8-acre triangle on Blue Ridge Drive owned by Cecil Breedlove joined Buford. The acreage was rezoned from residential to light industrial classification.

Breedlove did not submit a site plan for the

property's future development. Buford's land-use plan shows a pocket of light industrial zoning in the area along Plunkett Road to Buford Drive which touches the Breedlove property.

Two annexations will keep their rural/agricultural zoning. Less than one acre on Gravel Springs Road, owned by Nancy Bullock, touches Raymon Bullock's four acres at 3053 Gravel Springs Road. Both parcels are now within Buford's city limits.