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Norcross council approves rezoning for 66-lot development

Norcross City Councilman Craig Newton asks about a planned development up for rezoning during Tuesday night’s council meeting. (Photo: Deanna Allen)

Norcross City Councilman Craig Newton asks about a planned development up for rezoning during Tuesday night’s council meeting. (Photo: Deanna Allen)

The Norcross City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson not in attendance, to approve the rezoning of a planned development at Reps Miller Road and North Peachtree Street.

The rezoning from R-100 and R-75 to R-75 CSO, or conservation subdivision overlay, will allow the developer to reduce the minimum lot widths essentially in exchange for reserving pockets for greenspace.

The council’s chambers were filled to capacity and several residents spoke in regard to the rezoning, expressing concerns about water runoff and drainage, traffic and accessory dwelling units for the roughly 20-acre development.

A portion of the property includes a muscadine vineyard the developer plans to preserve, as well as two large farm homesteads. About 60 new homes are planned for the development and will be listed in the $500,000 price range.

The developer, Robert Forro, said he is willing to work with the owners of properties adjacent to the project. He said a resident wanted a fence along one side of the development and he’s willing to give that owner a fence along his property.

“That’s the kind of thing we’re willing to do with everybody,” Forro said.

The council also approved a permit Tuesday night to allow the ABC television show “Resurrection” to film in the city up to 12 consecutive days per month from September through November. The permit can be renewed for a period up to 12 months, and residents can look for signs at each filming site prior to shooting. The series is set to premiere March 9, 2014.