The board of commissioners recently considered a rezoning request off state route 138 near Flat Rock Road in Stockbridge. They approved the applicant’s request to construct a conservation subdivision.
The board approved the rezoning for the property to R-2 with sewer. The zoning advisory board previously approved a conditional use permit to build the conservation subdivision.
State Route 138 Conservation Subdivision
The property off state route 138 consists of thirty-eight acres. The land is east of Flat Rock Road on the south side of highway 138.
Conservation subdivisions allow the applicant to build smaller lot sizes than a conventional subdivision. In exchange, they must preserve at least forty percent of the property as open space, to include buffers on the property’s perimeter. It does not allow for more lots than the conventional subdivision would otherwise include.
The property’s perimeter includes a 100’ wide landscape buffer on the road frontage. This shall include wrought iron fencing and brick columns. The highway corridor overlay district also requires a sidewalk and street trees. In addition, other sides of the property shall include a fifty-foot buffer.
The proposed development includes fifty-one lots. Conditions on the conditional use permit call for a minimum lot size of 13,000 square feet. The average lot size must be an average of 15,000 sq ft. The conditions call for a larger lot size than the otherwise minimums. By comparison, the county ordinance has a minimum lot size of 10,890 square feet.
Home Size & Finishes
The zoning conditions do not specific the min. home size. The approved zoning district (R-2 with sewer) has a minimum of 1,700 heated square feet according to ordinance.
Home exteriors must be four sides brick or stone. An accent material can cover up to twenty percent of the facade. Finally, each home shall include a two-car garage. Any front entry garage shall include decorative exterior molding and be recessed at least one foot from the front drip line of the house.
Students within the development would attend Woodland Elementary, Woodland Middle and Woodland High School. The present education SPLOST program did not identify the Woodland schools as having capacity concerns.
Featured image shows the concept layout for the state route 138 conservation subdivision. Photo credit Moore Bass Consulting.
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