Cherokee County commissioners have agreed to settle a 2019 rezoning case to allow for a residential development of more than 300 apartments and townhomes.
At its June 1 meeting, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved entering into a settlement agreement with developer Quintus Development to rezone just over 46 acres of land at 349, 354, 402, 444, 488, 493 and 640 Lakeside Drive in Canton from the general commercial and single-family residential zoning categories to multi-family residential. As part of the agreement, Quintus would be limited to building no more than 230 apartment units and 90 townhouse units on the site. In addition, the developer would be required to contribute $200,000 toward the development of a dedicated right-turn lane on Lakeside Drive at its intersection with Holly Springs Parkway, as well as $83,200 to the Cherokee County School District in order to lessen the effects this development could have on the student population in the system.
During the meeting, the board opened up a public hearing on the settlement of this case, but no members of the public spoke on the case. Once the public hearing was closed, the commissioners voted 4-1 to accept the settlement agreement, with Commissioner Richard Weatherby opposing.
“This development has been before us, been in the works for several months, and I appreciate the effort on Quintus for bringing this project back to us,” Commissioner Benny Carter said. “I think with the noted agreement that has several conditions on here, it’s a satisfactory development.”
This rezoning case began in February 2019, when Quintus sought to have the land rezoned for the development of 283 apartments and 71 townhomes on the site. The application to the county was amended in June, adding additional property and upping the number of units to 294 apartments and 90 townhomes. Nov. 5, 2019, the commissioners denied the request. In response, Quintus filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Cherokee County to allow for the rezoning and development to move forward.