A developer is seeking permission from Gwinnett County leaders to build a large neighborhood with 499 residential units, including apartments and town homes, near the planned Gravel Springs Road interchange on Interstate 85, according to county documents.

DonRob Investments LP has file two related rezoning applications for a combined 45.01 acres of land on the 2700 block of Brown Road in unincorporated Buford. The applications call for 300 apartments and 199 town homes to be built on a road that currently has less than a dozen homes on it.

“The proposed development would complement the existing land-use mix by providing high-end multifamily residences that will put residents close to employment opportunities and support the nearby commercial development of the area,” DonRob Investments attorney Bill Fricks wrote in an application letter to county officials.

Although the town homes and apartments were filed as separate applications, the county is handling together as related cases since they are adjacent to each other.

Gwinnett County planning and development staff are still reviewing the proposals, but the town homes and apartments are expected to be taken up together by the county’s Planning Commission at its Aug. 6 meeting.

The recommendations from the county staff and the Planning Commission will go to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, which will make the final decision on the proposal.

Much of Fricks’ letter appears to focus on the town homes aspect of the proposed development. A site plan shows they would be the part of the development that is closest to Brown Road at Morgan Road with the apartments located farther back, boarding I-85 at the end of Morgan Road.

“The proposed community would consist of homes at a size, quality, and price-point commensurate with or exceeding homes in the surrounding area,” Fricks wrote in the letter. “All homes on the subject Property shall be a minimum of 2,400 square feet, with front-entry garages and would be accessed by internal streets and driveways.

“The proposed town homes would include attractive architectural elements which are compatible with the surrounding area.”

A factor that is mentioned a few times in the application package is the planned Gravel Springs Road at Interstate 85 interchange which the Georgia Department of Transportation is expected to be built soon.

Fricks wrote in the application that the expected opening of the new interchange next year will provide “increased accessibility” for residents.

The proximity to the Mall of Georgia, via Sunny Hill Road, is also mentioned a few times in the application.

“This area is rapidly developing as the news of the new I-85 interchange at Gravel Springs Road has become common knowledge,” Fricks wrote in the application. “The proposed residential uses will support the nearby Mall of Georgia and are consistent with the 2030 Unified Plan.”

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