Fayetteville Council delays 48-home rezoning request

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Attorney Baxter Russell. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Attorney Baxter Russell. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A rezoning proposal for a 48-lot, single-family detached development along Whitney Street, located immediately north of the Summit Point retail center was tabled Dec. 5 by the Fayetteville City Council.

The vote to table was 4-0-1, with Councilwoman Kathaleen Brewer abstaining.

A concern that led to the item being tabled dealt with a desire by some on the council to have more than one access to the property beyond the sole access on the south side of the property at Summit Point Drive.

The request would have the single-family-zoned property on 13.6 acres rezoned for medium density to accommodate 48 lots on 180 and 190 Whitney Street, situated between Ga. Highway 85 South and Bradley Drive, and immediately north of the Summit Point retail area. Property to the west is zoned commercial, while property to the north is OI (office-institutional), and with commercial to the south and residential to the east.

Modeled after the Apple Orchard subdivision, the plan calls traditional-style homes at 3.5 units per acre and would include features such as gardens, a gazebo, street side planter boxes and rear garages with alley access. Sidewalks would be located on both sides of internal streets, which would lead to a central park space.

As previously noted at an earlier meeting, the request by Michael Stone and Associates would have the property rezoned from single-family residential to PUD (planned unit development) for 48 detached single-family, homes with a 1,500 sq. ft. minimum with a price point beginning at $300,000.

The request was recommended for approval on Nov. 19 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Project representative Baxter Russell during the presentation to planning commissioners said the development would target both those 55 and older and young families. Russell later agreed with the concerns of commissioners to remove the age-targeted approach, given that a number of existing developments in the city are age-targeted and that the comprehensive plan calls for housing for every stage of life.

“We completely agree. We want a higher quality neighborhood, with both the older and younger crowd,” Russell said. “We’ll remove it from the equation.”