The Canton City Council last week denied a request by Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLC that would’ve allowed for 798 apartments to be built in pod 16 of Great Sky.
“The conditional-use permit asked that apartments be moved from within the current confines of Great Sky to Reservoir Drive and after careful and thoughtful review, we felt the decision to vote no was appropriate,” Ward 2 Councilman Shawn Tolan said.
The council approved the other request by Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli, LLC to amend the master plan, which will allow units to be moved around within the remaining pods in Great Sky and reduce lot widths within the pods. The Council added a condition that stated the existing master plan for pod 16 would carry forward and would not be changed and the total number of townhomes or duplexes in the undeveloped pods will be limited to 100 housing units.
The Council approved another request regarding a conservation easement to increase the state stream buffer from 25 feet to 50 feet along the Etowah River for the Etowah River Park Trail Extension project.
The council also discussed a request to amend the approved master plan within Pod 1 of The Bluffs. AT&T is seeking to add telecommunication facilities as an allowed use for 1130 Bluffs Parkway, which is the site of the Cherokee County Administrative Building. The current master plan does not currently allow this use.
The telecommunications tower will be used for wireless service. As The Bluffs continues to develop, the tower will be able to provide more wireless service. The height of the tower, which is 260 feet, will allow for more carriers.
Leslie Carroll from Providence Consulting, who is representing AT&T, stated at the last planning commission meeting that the coverage area for the tower includes I-575, Great Sky, Technology Park, Overlook and several other residential developments.
The Canton Planning Commission recommended approval of these two requests at its Jan. 21 meeting.
Other agenda items that were discussed included:
♦ City Attorney Robert Dyer went over key changes that were made to the revised alcohol ordinance.
♦ 2020 health insurance benefits renewal.
♦ Possible adoption of capital improvements plan and five-year short term work plan for impact fee.
These agenda items will be voted on at the next city council meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Canton City Hall, 110 Academy St.