East Cherokee rezoning map

Stanley Martin Homes has requested to rezone about 58 acres along East Cherokee Drive, outlined in blue, to develop 57 single-family, detached homes. The Cherokee County Planning Commission is expected to hear the case at its Dec. 7 meeting.

The Cherokee County Planning Commission is expected to hear a rezoning request to bring 57 single family homes to an undeveloped property along East Cherokee Drive at its Dec. 7 meeting.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cherokee Hall at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.

The applicant, Stanley Martin Homes, LLC, has requested to rezone 57.5 acres at from general agricultural and planned unit development to R-20, or medium-density, residential for 57 single-family, detached homes at 7025 East Cherokee Drive.

The property is east of Avery Elementary School and across the road from the Mill Creek subdivision. The site is shown as “country estates,” or large-lot residential, on the county’s future development map.

The request also seeks a concurrent variance to allow for a street to not end in a cul-de-sac.

A letter from Sams, Larkin & Huff, a firm representing the applicant, said the planned unit development portion of the site was for a commercial development that was part of the Falls of Mill Creek development approved in 1998. The applicant originally proposed R-30 residential and high-density residential, but the Planning Commission recommended denial of the plan. Based on that decision and comments from the public, the applicant revised its proposal, the letter states.

The rezoning would delete the commercial component of the site’s zoning, the letter says, and the development will create an “attractive buffer” to its neighbors and provide a transition between the higher density Mill Creek subdivision to the larger lots directly adjacent to the property.

Another letter from Parks Huff, the applicant’s legal representative, said the community “requested the applicant have the largest lots possible with the fewest homes possible” on the site, and some residents will always be opposed to any development other than large lot residential or agricultural on the site.

In May, the county’s planning and zoning department received a letter of opposition to the proposal from residents Karen and Chris Craft, that states any subdivision that does not encourage livestock production or 2-plus acre housing lots “will disturb our area and quality of life” and the rural area.

The planning commission makes recommendations of approval or denial for rezoning applications which are then forwarded to the Board of Commissioners, who can vote to approve or deny the request.

In other action, the planning commission will hear a request by Field Chapel Properties to rezone 2.8 acres at 6336 Cumming Highway from agricultural and low-density residential to general commercial for a landscape maintenance company.

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