McDonough adopts moratorium against multifamily zoning

Photo of McDonough zoning map showing properties on Bridges Road (city photo)The McDonough city council adopted a moratorium against new multifamily developments at their December meeting. Specifically, the moratorium prohibits “the acceptance by city staff of rezoning [requests] or the acceptance of applications for variances, permits, or inspections for the development of multi-family housing developments.”

The moratorium shall last until either the city council adopts amendments to its RM-75 (multifamily housing) zoning ordinance, or until June 9, 2020, whichever shall occur first. The moratorium does not effect requests that have already been approved or plans currently submitted and pending approval.

In 2019, the city council has reviewed three apartment complexes. Two projects were previously zoned RM-75 and the council either updated zoning conditions or approved a concept site plan.

In March, the council approved a modification of zoning conditions for 23.3 +/- acres on Bridges Road. The Reservoir Group is planning 250 units on the property with rental pricing expected between $1200 and $1600 per month.

In April, the council approved a concept site plan for thirty acres out of a larger 77.5 acre tract located south of McDonough High School. The property was annexed into city limits and rezoned to RM-75 in 2004.

The Hawks Landing apartment complex will include 252 units. The remaining acreage will be developed at a later date.

Finally, this month, the council rezoned 28.3 acres located on South Point Blvd. The applicant, ECI Ventures, LLC of Atlanta, GA, is planning 260 units in a luxury apartment community.

As 2019 draws to a close, there is a pending rezoning request for 107 acres located south of the Publix at Lake Dow shopping center. The development is proposing 499 residential units to include 250 apartments.