Grayson OKs 321-home project

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council on Monday approved an annexation and rezoning for a three-phase development that when completed, will add 321 homes to the city.

The nod was for a 65-acre parcel on Moon Road for 149 homes, zoned R-100 modified in phase three of the Georgetown Commons development. The first phase of the project is zoned R-100 and includes 65 homes on Rosebud Road; phase two is 107 homes, is zoned R-4 and also is on Moon Road.

"We wanted to include a lot of things for people to do so we are going to have three lakes, a small golf course, six tennis courts and a community center," said Steve Latham of project developers Bradford Builders Inc. "There are also over six miles of sidewalks throughout all three phases, which we think is a great amenity for our residents."

The majority of the opposition concerned how this size development will affect the city.

"If the roads around here could handle this sort of traffic, it would be fine," Grayson resident Larry Dobbs said. "But traffic in this city is already bad. I just hope (the council) is prepared for the responsibility that this many new people will put on the city."

Council member Jimmy Adams placed a condition on the rezoning requiring a traffic study be completed to determine what road improvements might have to be made as a result of adding the homes to Grayson.

"This development is going to impact the city in more ways than one," Adams said. "One of those impacts will be traffic flow, and we need to take that into consideration."

Adams' condition also said that if the study determines Georgetown Commons will create a need for additional traffic improvements, the city and the developer will need to reach an agreement to cover the costs of the improvements before any building permits are issued.

The Grayson City Council also:

•Approved and annexation and rezoning for Granite Partners LLC for 18 acres of residential development and 3.29 acres of commercial development on Ga. Highway 20.

•Adopted an intergovernmental agreement between the city, Gwinnett County and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful regarding graffiti cleanup.

•Announced Nov. 12 as the day for the city's flu-shot clinic.

•Announced Nov. 11 as a Veterans Day celebration at City Hall with the Grayson High School band scheduled to perform.