Development Group Files Annexation Application
Walton Georgia LLC plans to develop 157-acre tract near 316 and Winder Highway as a "live, work, play" community.
Almost four months after city officials approved a revised planned mixed-use development (PMUD) ordinance that would allow apartments to be built within the city limits of Dacula, the development group that initially requested the revisions has filed an application to have a 157-acre tract of land near 316 and Winder Highway annexed into the city.
In 2011, representatives from Walton Investing, Mill Creek Consulting and Rochester Engineering Associates approached the Dacula City Council regarding the feasibility of annexing the property into the city limits and eventually developing the property as a “live, work, play” community. On March 1, 2012, after months of discussions, the Dacula City Council approved changes to the city's PMUD ordinance that increase the maximum allowable housing density per acre from eight units to 13 and require 25 percent of any development be set aside for open space. Of the remaining property, a maximum of 40 percent may be developed as residential.
Representatives of the development group have previously expressed a desire to be annexed into Dacula due to the city's ability to swiftly respond to planning and development issues.
The development plan previously presented by the investment group features a convention center, town green, hotels, offices and apartments. If the annexation effort is successful, the developers will have to receive approval from the Dacula City Council before proceeding with those plans.
The Dacula City Council will discuss the annexation application during the June 28 work session. The council meets at Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road, Dacula. The work session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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