A proposed development of 100 townhomes is one step closer to coming to Ball Ground and a park will be expanded, after city council members have agreed to a land swap with a developer.
The council gave its initial approval Thursday to exchange 5.2 acres of city-held property immediately north of Calvin Farmer Park to the Lynwood Development Group for 12 acres further north on Old Dawsonville Road, City Manager Eric Wilmarth told the Tribune.
Once the land exchange is completed, city officials plan on using the newly acquired 12 acres to expand Roberts Lake Park, including doubling the length of the trail leading to the lake. This land will also allow for a greenway to be installed connecting the Mountain Brook subdivision to the downtown area.
“Things like the greenway have been in the works for a long time,” Wilmarth said. “We’re excited to be bringing some of these long-term plans to fruition.”
The developer’s plans for the 5.2 acres are to install a road on the land that would connect the townhome development to other city streets. The developer had purchased property adjacent to the land it will receive from the city for the actual site of the townhomes, but was in need of this property for the road to the development.
A few more steps will still need to be completed before the swap is finalized. A legal notice of the transaction will be required to be published for four weeks, with final approval scheduled to be considered at the council’s meeting on Aug. 12.
Seven Ball Ground residents came forward to address the council about the land swap. All of them expressed support for the deal and believed the development related to the swap would be a good addition to Ball Ground and the downtown area. Some said these townhomes would be a higher-end development. Others felt its proximity to downtown would not add a lot of additional traffic to the city’s streets.