DACULA -- A massive mixed-use development could come to eastern Gwinnett, if county objections to a proposed annexation don't stand in the way.
Peak at University Parkway would bring 2.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space, a 500-room hotel with convention space and 613 residences to Dacula, according to an application submitted to the city.
Located just north of Ga. Highway 316, the 156-acre project spans from U.S. Highway 29 to the proposed extension of Sugarloaf Parkway, which could be funded in the upcoming regional transportation sales tax referendum.
"It's at the intersection of three major roadways," said Brian Rochester, who represents Walton Development & Management. "This is an ideal location for a master-planned community."
While the proposal is scheduled to come to the City Council next month, a decision won't come until a "Development of Regional Impact" process is followed with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Dacula Planning Director Joey Murphy said. That could take several months.
But after commissioners voted Tuesday to object to the annexation, the governments may also have to go through an arbitration process.
"... The principal objection of Gwinnett County is that the proposed change land use and zoning for the subject property and potential infrastructure demands would result in a material increase in burden upon the county's ability to plan for future land use and infrastructure needs," a letter from Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.
The work would require upgrades to the water and sewer system and increased cost for fire infrastructure, and county officials are concerned of the implications to the Sugarloaf plans and proximity to the county airport, the letter said.
Dacula and Gwinnett officials have often clashed over annexations.
Rochester said he did not want to comment on the dispute.
"We feel like we have put forth an incredibly well thought-out, high-quality master plan," he said.