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Mixed-use development proposed in Dacula

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.

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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.

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kevinbp 1 year, 9 months ago

Why is a VERY large hotel and conference center always coming up as part of these mixed-use development plans? Even the most successful of the mixed-use developments ever seen in Atlanta (Atlantic Station) has only a boutique hotel. This is Dacula!

If they had left out the mention of a hotel/convention center, I'd have taken this proposal more seriously. By including the mention, I am skeptical of the intelligence of the developers.

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Dubbin 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah, I can see tons of people who want to drive out to Dacula to shop and have a conference. Not! What are these people smoking?

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

And people wonder why we will always have traffic issues around here? Development with waivers all the time, scattered all over the state. Politicians spend our money on planning and then ignore and change them for developers. Vote no to the 1% extra sales tax is a very smart thing to so.

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teelee 1 year, 9 months ago

This will compliment the airport when it is expanded in the near future. Save your yard signs people, you haven't heard the last of the airport issue yet.

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jack 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm certain folks would jump at the opportunity to own one of 613 residences located at the end of a runway.

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Dubbin 1 year, 9 months ago

Once the Bannister bunch gets Oberholzer elected the airport will come back up even though he says he is against it.

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R 1 year, 9 months ago

He was “for it” before he was “against it”

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Give it a rest, teepee - it will be euthanized again, same as all the other times. Oh, the same crooked crowd is now pitching the same garbage in Henry County.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 9 months ago

move this nearer to Athens and you got a deal.

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