Ga. 316 rezonings pushed back

LAWRENCEVILLE - As expected, Gwinnett County planning commissioners tabled a group of rezonings Tuesday that would allow 313 homes and commercial development on the outskirts of Dacula.

The move will let regional planners finish their review of the 89-acre project that would transform the rural intersection of Hurricane Shoals and Rabbit Hill roads.

Because of its size, the project is being examined by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, which is looking at its impact on air quality and roads.

The five rezonings were tabled until April 18, and residents will likewise get a chance to study the proposed development, said Planning Commissioner Teresa Cantrell.

"We will have some community meetings between now and then," Cantrell said.

No date or location has been set for the meetings with the developers' representative, Cantrell said.

Bighorn Investments wants land on two sides of the intersection rezoned for two subdivisions that would have 313 cluster homes.

Also, it wants to put commercial buildings on three corners of the intersection, with the possibilities including a bank, a drug store and multiple strip centers.

The developers would also relocate part of Rabbit Hill Road so that it aligns perfectly with Rabbit Circle Road, which is on the other side of Hurricane Shoals Road.

Another metro agency, the Atlanta Regional Commission, has already endorsed the rezonings contingent on certain road improvements being made in the area on the edge of the massive Gwinnett Progress Center industrial park.

One improvement is already in the works.

The county school system bought land on Hurricane Shoals Road from the developers so it can build a new school near the intersection that is quite during the weekday, but bustles with traffic during rush hour.

The earliest county commissioners could hold a public hearing and take a final vote on the rezonings is April 25. The land is about one mile west of the Dacula city limits, and is just north of Ga. Highway 316.