Developers are hoping to build a gated 128-town home community on 9.58 acres of land near Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

The development would go at the corner of Frey’s Gin and Banberry Road, behind the Krispy Kreme and across from the Marietta Diner on Cobb Parkway. Currently the spot is mostly taken up by an auto salvage and wreckage yard.

The city’s Judicial and Legislative Committee is scheduled to discuss the community Tuesday.

Developer Traton Homes is requesting a density of 13.36 units per acre. That would make it the highest density town home community in the city, including a recently proposed development behind Marietta Flea Market on Franklin Gateway, which calls for density of 12.4 units per acre.

The current highest density town home community is the Registry at Marietta Square with a density of 11.8 units per acre on a tract of 1.02 acres.

In a written analysis, city staff enumerated a number of issues with Traton Homes’ proposal.

According to the city’s zoning ordinance, residential developments with over 51 units must provide at least two access points to arterial or collector streets. The proposed development faces two such streets but would only provide access from Banberry Road.

Staff said funneling traffic into one access point near a busy intersection could be dangerous.

The city’s Public Works Department suggested several changes to help mitigate traffic problems, including adding an additional lane on Banberry Road to separate the turning lane from general traffic and adding a roundabout at the intersection of Frey’s Gin and Banberry.

In addition, staff said residential developments are required to have at least one acre of recreation area per 50 units. Using that math, the site would require 2.56 acres, but the plan only shows .35 acres for recreation and open space.

The homes would also require driveways to be two feet shorter than required by city code – 18 feet instead of 20.

Staff also found fault with the plan to rezone the property.

“The Future Land Use Map designates the subject property as IW (Industrial Warehousing),” the analysis reads. “IW is intended to support industrial uses that support light industrial, office/warehouse and distribution uses. The Comprehensive Plan specifically states the importance of protecting IW districts from encroachment of residential uses and the rezoning of IW properties to any residential designation is highly discouraged.”

On June 4, the city’s planning commission voted 5-1 to recommend the City Council deny the proposal. Commissioner David Hunter was the sole dissenter.

On June 12, the council moved to table the plan so it could be discussed by the Legislative Committee Tuesday. A public hearing has been advertised for the July 10 City Council meeting.


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