Published on September 2nd, 2015 |0
NPU-B board approves 38-home cluster development on Wieuca Rd.
The proposal had to be voted on by the full board at its Sept. 1 meeting because it did not receive a unanimous approval of NPU-B’s Transportation & Development and Zoning committees at their
meetings on Aug. 25.
There were two NPU-B committee meetings on this one application Aug. 25 because the planned development requires a change in the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan as well as a change in the zoning of the properties from R-3 to MR-2, which allows for the greater density on the lots.
At the Sept. 1 meeting, the full board approved both the change in the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan as well as the change in zoning of the properties from R-3 to MR-2.
This was the second time around for Southeastern Capital Companies’ plan to replace single-family ranch-style homes on Wieuca Road with an upscale cluster development. This time it was less controversial, but still not without some opposition.
The first time it was heard was in March. The reason for less opposition was that the developers listened to the neighbors and the NPU-B committees the first time and expanded the project from just the north side of the residential street to incorporate all of the properties on both sides of Wieuca Road west of Roswell Road.
The developers announced Sept. 1 to the full NPU board that all of the properties involved are under contract.
But that is not to say that there was no opposition. Chastain Park Civic Association vice president of advocacy Kirk Oppenlander represented the association again at the Sept. 1 meeting, objecting to the new project primarily because it does not follow the association’s long-established land use and zoning policy of maintaining single-family homes.
The development grew from over 4 acres during the first presentation in March to 7.1 acres the second time around. Instead of 2 homes per acre, the proposed development would be 5.5 homes per acre, which is allowed under the new approved zoning.
Morris Manning & Martin real estate attorney Jessica Hill, who has represented Southeastern Capital in presentations before NPU-B, told the board
members that “all parties in the participating properties are now in favor of this.”
The first time around, several of the residents in the homes on the south side of Wieuca—some of which were not owners of the properties but renters—were opposed to the plan because they felt it would adversely affect their properties, both in value and for attracting buyers.
Hill pointed out that this one-block dead end section of Wieuca is not really part of the Chastain Park neighborhood because there is no street connection to it. She said whatever is on the street will be a transition from the commercial properties along Roswell Road and the fire station on Wieuca to the established single family Chastain Park neighborhood.
Hill explained that the proposed development 38 single-family homes would significantly improve the street, replacing 1950-60s ranch-style homes (few of which have been renovated in recent years) that might sell for $350,000 with new single-family homesd that average 3,300 square feet and will sell for around $900,000.
The new homes will be on newly installed city sewers, where the properties now are on septic systems.