MPC recommends approval of Lake Dow Road annexation and rezoning

Concept site plan for Lake Dow Road subdivision
The proposed subdivision will be located across the street from Bridleridge. (staff graphic)

The McDonough Planning Commission conducted public review and provided its recommendations this week regarding the proposed annexation and rezoning along Lake Dow Road. In unanimous 7-0 votes, the board recommended approval of both the annexation into city limits and rezoning to R-75 (single-family residential) for the subject property.

Blue River Development of Cumming, GA is proposing 141 lots on 62.21 +/- acres located along the western side of Lake Dow Road north of its intersection with Rodgers and Rosser Roads. The property is presently zoned RA (residential agricultural) within unincorporated Henry County and the applicant has requested McDonough’s R-75 zoning district. The R-75 district is consistent with the adjacent Bridleridge subdivision and allows minimum lot sizes of 12,000 square feet.

The R-75 zoning district sets minimum home size at 1,600 square feet, and the applicant proposed to raise that to 1,800 square feet. City staff recommended 2,200 square feet in minimum home size, and after discussion comparing the project to surrounding subdivisions, the MPC upheld staff’s recommendation. Other conditions require all brick homes on corner lots, side entry garages on corner lots, and a pocket park within the development.

If approved, the proposed development would generate an estimated 282 school age children. The property is zoned for Walnut Creek Elementary, McDonough Middle, and McDonough High. All three schools accepted applications for school choice transfers for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year implying the availability of capacity.

In somewhat of a surprise following significant public interest online, there were no speakers during public review. The McDonough city council will hold a final public hearing about the project and render its decision next week on Monday, April 15, at 6 pm. Meetings are held at McDonough city hall at 136 Keys Ferry Street.

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