During Thursday's meeting of the Canton City Council members were presented with a request to allow for up to 300 rental townhouses in the Riverstone development.

Assistant City Manager Nathan Ingram said the applicant, Jim Chapman with Jim Chapman Communities, is requesting to amend the requirement of a minimum 2,400 square foot house size, to 1,000 square feet for a proposed 250 to 300 unit townhouse development, which would be located on 72 acres along Bluffs Parkway and Riverstone Boulevard.

Chapman said the request to decrease the house size was made because market demand studies from similar rental communities showed that 1,000 to 1,500 square feet would be the optimal product offering for this type of proposed development.

Chapman said the proposed development would consist of a mix of single story and 1 1/2 story units, and would consist of two and three bedroom units, with one to two car garages. The proposed density would be 3.5 to 4.2 units per acre and would be constructed to include two to eight attached units per building. The community would be gated and would also have a pool, clubhouse, gym, and dog park.

This request will be voted on at the next city council meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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