Zoning Board to consider Old Kelleytown Road subdivision

Area map showing the location of an Old Kelleytown Road rezoning request (Henry County photo).
(Henry County photo)

The Henry County Zoning Advisory Board will hold its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 12. On their agenda will be a proposed subdivision off Old Kelleytown Road.

Update: the zoning board will consider the request on Thursday, February 9. The county cancelled the January meeting because of inclement weather.

The board meets at the county admin building located on Henry Parkway in McDonough. Meetings start at 6:30 pm.

Old Kelleytown Road Subdivision

DRB Group, LLC of Fayetteville, GA is seeking the rezoning of 166 acres to build a new subdivision. Concurrently, they are asking for a future land use map amendment and conservation subdivision permit.

The property is to the east of Old Kelleytown Road south of Kelleytown Road. If approved, then vehicle access would be off Old Kelleytown. The proposed development has 213 lots.

The zoning advisory board must consider and make an official recommendation on the following:

  • the request to amend the future land use map from rural residential (less than 1 unit per acre) to low-density residential (1-2 net units per acre), and
  • the request to rezone the property from RA (residential agricultural) to R-2 with sewer (single-family residential).

The board of commissioners will consider both requests listed above at a later date to make a final decision. The zoning advisory board can approve the applicant’s final item — whether they can build a conservation subdivision. The commissioners would only hear this item if there is an appeal; either by the applicant or an adjacent property owner.

Planning staff are recommending denial of the applicant’s requests. Staff and the zoning board recommended denial of two similar requests — also by DRB Group — in October 2022.

Conservation Subdivisions

Conservation subdivisions allow the builder to cluster lots together to avoid natural obstacles. Builders often apply for conservation subdivisions on properties where creeks or flood plains are present.

If the zoning board approves the conservation permit, then county code allows for one quarter-acre lots within the subdivision. The zoning board can, if it so chooses, add a condition requiring a higher minimum lot size.

In exchange, the builder must preserve at least forty percent of the property as open space. There must also be a 100’ buffer off the main road and a 50’ buffer along other property boundaries.

Featured image shows the zoning map in the vicinity of Old Kelleytown Road. Henry County photo.

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