City Council denies zoning change for senior-specific housing



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Before commencement of their first formal meeting in over a month, the Johns Creek City Council had three members sworn in Monday evening.

The ceremony marked the beginning of the second terms for incumbent council members Leonard Zaprowski and Stephanie Endres who won reelection in November. It also welcomed John Bradberry in the seat formerly held by Cori Davenport who did not seek reelection.

Bradberry, the founder of Preserve Johns Creek, won his seat in a Dec. 5 runoff. The local businessman campaigned on a platform to protect the quality of life and maintain the spirit that encapsulates the city’s founding a decade ago. Those issues include traffic management and cutting down on high-density housing and development.

With the council seated, members quickly launched into business, addressing a rezoning issue relating to housing. The case centered on a proposed revision to the site plan for property at 10880 Bell Road in the Bellmoore Park subdivision that would allow for development of up to 57 homes with minimum heated floor areas of 1,800 square feet and shared driveways. The homes would have age restrictions to accommodate seniors. Most of the homes now in the subdivision are single-family residences with minimum heated floor areas of 2,250 square feet and individual driveways.

Proponents for the rezoning argued that creation of these homes would appease the senior demographic and allow for multi-generational living. Opponents, however, countered that it was difficult to sell homes with a square footage of 1,800 feet and that it was more affordable to build residences that correspond with the original site plan while also avoiding high-density development.

Citing his acquaintance with one of the measure’s supporters, Councilman Zaprowski recused himself from the vote. The remaining council voted unanimously to deny the request.

During discussion, Councilman Jay Lin said, “I applaud your effort to accommodate a different market, but I wish this was done in conjunction with the original permit application,” Councilman Jay Lin said. “Those 120 homeowners, based on their purchase decisions [bought] what they were sold. I am therefore denying this application.”

The decision to deny the amendment will allow the Bellmoore Park subdivision to uphold the original site plan. Homes will continue to be built at a minimum square footage of 2,250 square feet without age restriction.

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