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Alpharetta delays vote on two major developments

Residential density at issue in both plans

Morgan Rodgers, at podium, took center stage at Monday’s Alpharetta City Council meeting in his first day on the job as the city’s new Parks Director. Rogers comes to Alpharetta after 25 years with the Roswell Parks Department, the last three as director. Rodgers told the City Council that he is fired up about the city’s Greenway, the Alpha Loop and other projects aimed at adding parkland. “I’m in the right place at the right time,” he said.
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With the marquee items off the table Monday night, the City Council passed a number of other agenda items including a memorandum of understanding with the City of Milton to share expenses in the purchase of parkland.

The agreement, the first of its kind in North Fulton, provides that the two cities will pay equal shares to buy 12.5 acres at 1470 Mayfield Road for a passive park.

The park lies just outside the Milton city limits. Both jurisdictions will share ownership and operational costs.

City Administrator Bob Regus said the property has been in the same family for years and includes some old barns that could be preserved.

Negotiations on a price for the three lots are ongoing.

Councilman Jason Binder called the agreement a great step forward.

“This is exciting and continues our land acquisition purchases on our bond,” he said, adding that he hopes one day, all cities in North Fulton will combine for a parks Master Plan. Mayor David Belle Isle was equally enthusiastic.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time anywhere in metro Atlanta where two municipalities have come together to purchase land jointly with acquisition funds from both cities of equal amounts,” Belle Isle said. “It’s quite an accomplishment for both of our cities.”

—Pat Fox

ALPHARETTA — It could be another week before Alpharetta City Council decides the fate of a large-scale, mixed-use development on Lakeview Parkway off Haynes Bridge Road.

City leaders announced Monday night that a decision on the property has been postponed again, probably until the May 1 council meeting.

The applicants, TPA Fuqua and Peridot, are seeking conditional use to allow additional office, residential and retail on the property.

The request includes adding 488 residential units, including 320 one- or two-bedroom luxury apartments.

City staff and the Planning Commission have recommended approval of the project but they list close to 50 conditions, including limiting the number of apartments to 220.

The City Council has also questioned the developer’s request for a traffic signal on Lakeview Parkway.

Another development that has garnered a lot of public interest was also removed from Monday night’s council agenda.

The developer, 1699 Land Company, is seeking rezoning and variances to allow for construction of a gated community with 61 detached homes on 12.4 acres at the southwest corner of Kimball Bridge Road and North Point Parkway.

The Planning Commission voted 6-1 at its April 12 meeting to recommend denial of the request, and the city has received 12 emails from residents of the nearby Kimball Farms neighborhood who are opposed. The matter is scheduled to come back before the City Council sometime in June.

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