At a recent meeting, the Woodstock City Council voted to approve the annexation and rezoning of land on Arnold Mill Road for a residential development.

According to Senior City Planner Katie O’Connor, the application came from Dossey, LLC, which seeks to develop 45 acres along Arnold Mill Road between Hideaway Village and Druw Cameron Road and build 107 houses in the neighborhood.

The request also asked for variances to a portion of the property’s buffer, along with the front and rear setbacks and a reduction in minimum lot size. When taking a closer look at the design and layout of the proposed development, O’Connor said Woodstock Fire Department officials believe a secondary access point for fire and emergency vehicles was too close to the primary entrance and would need to be redesigned.

Both the Development Process Committee and the Planning Commission recommended approval of the annexation and rezoning, although there were a few conditions they wanted to see included with the case. These conditions included recommending a center left-turn lane for eastbound traffic on Arnold Mill Road and a right-turn lane for westbound traffic on Arnold Mill Road to access the property, a notification to be given to those purchasing lots in the development of the potential impact of activities taking place at the adjacent JJ Biello Park and Falcon Ridge Stables, the development of a street to connect the development with the rear of the Hideaway Village community and that the proposed community amenity area would be required to be under development before 75 percent of the building permits are issued, along with approving all of the requested variances.

Representing Dossey and its builder, Meritage Homes, at the meeting was attorney Parks Huff, who said the community would be developed in a manner virtually identical to that of the Evelyn Farms development, also constructed by Meritage Homes.

Following Huff’s presentation, several council members had questions regarding the application. Nobody had signed up to speak during the public hearing portion of the case.

“I’m curious to learn more, did y’all contemplate some sort of a civic space or plaza in this thing?,” Councilman Colin Ake asked. Huff responded by pointing out the amenity package to be placed near the front of the development.

After concluding discussion on the matter, a pair of motions to approve both the annexation and the rezoning of the property, with the recommendations made by staff included, both passed in a 5-1 vote. Ake cast the lone dissenting vote on both motions.

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