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WOODSTOCK – A new mixed-use project, calling for up to 53 homes, two commercial buildings and connecting to the Mason Main development has been forwarded to Woodstock City Council with the planning commission’s recommendation for approval.

The Woodstock Planning Commission recommended approval Nov. 29 - with three votes and one recusal - of LDS Partners’ proposal for development of the 6.7-acre site at 7674, 7708 and 7776 Main St. According to city staff, the proposal will place 27 detached houses, 26 townhomes and two commercial buildings just north of the Mason Main townhome community. The site plan also shows courtyards, a passive civic space and a natural trail on the property.

Commissioners Rod Chumbley and Renee Gable were absent from the meeting, and Commissioner David Hacker recused himself from the case.

Parks Huff, the attorney representing the applicant, called the project a “seamless addition” to Mason Main, and said city staff and developers had worked hard together to create a plan that best fits the area.

“I think everyone that I’ve talked to is glad to see that there’s a mixture of product type coming in there, and a couple commercial buildings is what is called for in this area,” Huff said. “This is a great addition to this Main Street area.”

Applicants and city staff said that the two parties are in discussions to develop a public-private partnership for the possible construction of a bridge across two culverts along Main Street. A similar bridge exists at the Woodstock Public Library across the street.

The planning commission also tabled a proposal for 56 single-family homes on 18.07 acres off Neese Road and Henry Drive. The plan includes annexation and rezoning of 7.88 acres of land currently in unincorporated Cherokee County. The proposal, applied for by King Mac Ventures, LLC, leaves room for road improvements expected adjacent the site.

The case will be heard again by the planning commission on Jan. 10 and is expected to be heard by council on Jan. 28, according to planning staff.

LDS Partners' case will be forwarded to Woodstock City Council for a final vote with recommendation for approval. The Woodstock Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. Its December meeting has been canceled.

Meeting agendas and videos of previous meetings can be found at woodstockga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.

CORRECTION: This article previously stated that a case for rezoning and annexation for 56 homes off Neese Road and Henry Drive was recommended for approval by the Woodstock Planning Commission. The case was tabled and will return next month. We regret the error.

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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