The Woodstock City Council will soon consider a permit for a mixed-use development with 179 apartments, which the city’s planning commission has recommended denying and has received opposition from nearby residents.
Developer Prestwick Companies is applying for a conditional use permit for multi-family residential units on about 6.6 acres at 207-209 Woodpark Place, west of Main Street off Highway 92. If the permit is approved, Prestwick plans to build 179 apartments on top of commercial space in three buildings that would be up to four stories, plus three stand-alone commercial buildings.
To build 179 apartments, the developer would need a variance, because the land’s downtown commercial mixed-use zoning limits the site to about 80 units. If approved, the 179 apartments would result in a density of about 27.12 units per acre.
Prestwick has also requested a variance that would allow for the residential density to exceed what is traditionally allowed under the site’s zoning. The land’s typically allows up to 12 units an acre,
The Woodstock Planning Commission voted to recommend denying Prestick’s application Thursday, amid a nearly-filled chamber.
Residents who addressed the planning commission were opposed to the development, citing concerns about traffic and large parking areas that could be seen from nearby neighborhoods.
Planning Commission Chair James Drinkard pointed to the city’s housing ratio goal, which calls for limiting rentals to 20% of Woodstock’s housing inventory.
Also at the meeting, planning commissioners recommended approval for a height variance for two planned for buildings in the Adair Park development to be taller than what city code allows.
Adair Park Development Company has one mixed-use building under construction as part of the project on Main Street near Linton Street. Two more buildings are planned at 8138 and 8184 Main St. The company is asking to build a facility fronting Main Street 47 feet tall, and another building 60 feet tall from the rear but 47 feet from the front, due to the land’s slope. City code currently limits the buildings to 40 feet.
City staff recommended a few conditions attached to the height variance, according to City Planner Katie O’Connor: the buildings are to be built as similar as possible to the renditions submitted to the city, the northern building will have an unpainted, natural brick façade on its upper levels and the southern building will include stone facing and climbing foliage.
Commission member Renee Gable added some of her own conditions to the recommendation, including requiring dumpsters be located inside the property with pickup hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and that no additional height variances could be requested on the subject property.
The Woodstock City Council is scheduled to vote on both zoning cases at their second July meeting, 7 p.m. July 26 at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock. For more information, visit www.woodstockga.gov.