Woodstock city

WOODSTOCK – Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a proposal for 54 homes along Neese Road on Monday, after multiple updates to the proposal’s site plans and meetings between developers and neighbors.

The application, submitted by King Mac Ventures, originally called for 56 homes on the 18.07 acres at Neese Road and Henry Drive, but after privacy, density and buffering concerns were expressed by neighboring residents, the developers lowered the number of homes. The plan approved on Monday increased buffers to neighboring subdivisions, includes natural trails around an existing pond and secured the donation of a strip of land along Neese Road to allow its straightening and improvement. A sidewalk will also be constructed as part of the land’s development.

No one spoke during the public hearing portion of the case, but during the council’s discussion regarding the possibility for future grid connections to neighboring properties an adjacent homeowner expressed his concern for construction of an access road affecting his property.

In other business, the council: extended the Ridgewalk Parkway development moratorium until Feb. 12, held the second reading of proposed updates to the Ridgewalk Parkway corridor development code, approved updates to the city’s zoning map and awarded a contract for extension of Ridge Trail.

The Woodstock City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. in downtown Woodstock. Agendas, minutes and videos of previous meetings can be found here.

Thomas is a government, business, crime and features reporter for the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger News. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and currently lives in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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