Proposed changes to Hwy. 85N townhome project gets second look


Requests by Scarboone LLC to amend several zoning conditions pertaining to the Satterfield townhome development along Ga. Highway 85 North was tabled July 28 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to table the agenda items so that additional work on the requests can be performed.

The 21.48-acre townhome property is located at the rear of the 14.34-acre Satterfield Marketplace retail center fronting Hwy. 85 North now under development. Both developments were rezoned for commercial and townhome use in 2018.

Totaling 35.89 acres, the developments span an area on the east side of Hwy. 85 North from just south of New Hope Road on the north to the area of Banks Road on the south.

Pertaining to the residential development, one of the requests would have the number of townhomes approved by the City Council reduced from 68 to 49.

Another request asked that two of the 49 townhomes, both located on the north side of the property, not have rear-entry garages due to site constraints. The two with front-facing garages would be outfitted with carriage-style or ornamental garage doors.

A third request asked that internal streets, sidewalks and alleys in the townhome development, and access to the adjoining retail center, be private rather than public, with the homeowners’ association responsible exercising ownership and maintenance.

Some on the commission questioned the wisdom of that request. Commenting on the comments from commissioners, project representative Matt Boone said, “We’re fine with it either way.”

Another request asked for buffer reductions adjacent to the retail center, which drew comments from some commissioners.

A final area that came with a difference of opinion on the commission was the request to have the townhomes as 3-story buildings rather than the original 2-story structures.

The proposal could return to the commission in August.