The Bell Rd/141 Apartment Developer is Suing the City, over the denial received back in December. There is currently a settlement agreement to be voted on by Council, this Monday, June 20th, 2016, 7 pm.
Though the terms and specifics of the development are not disclosed, below is the public notice placed on Bell Rd briefly, before being removed. The Sign on Medlock Bridge Rd is obstructed by the rail-guard. City Staff is responsible for the sign placements.
There also was no public notice in the legal ads or on the City Website regarding this Public Hearing, which is required. Both the poor signage and no public notice in the newspaper are in violation of the City’s own code of ordinances.
No information provided to the Citizens, is this Back-Dooring the Apartment Complex into the City?
The developer is currently seeking 140 Apartments and would like to cut into the landscaping strips to squeeze the Apartment Complex into the small area of land.
This new trend happening at City Hall is disturbing, and the residents are the Losers in these scenarios. After years of opening zoning (we will write about that in a future post) Developers sue the City for a better deal.
We spoke to an Alpharetta Councilman about the issue, and he said they do not have this problem of frivolous cases in their City. If someone sues Alpharetta, they will Vigorously fight it out in Court, thus developers are very cautious to litigate. Also in recent years, Milton has successfully fought in court and denied as a council, rezoning for apartments.
It appears this Developer wants to settle because they will lose the lawsuit in court. If they could get a better deal in court (10 story apartment building?!) they would not seek to settle.
Frankly, this development should go through the proper process in place, with full disclosure to the Citizens, and reapply a year from their application date. Or better yet, develop according to the Land Use Plan, and not try to change it!
This is the location of the proposed funeral home a few years ago, which the Landowner withdrew the rezoning application on his own accord.
Interestingly, the Landowner for the Bell Rd Apartments also owns the corner of Abbotts Bridge Rd and Medlock Bridge Rd. Key land for any future road improvements such as the proposed ThrU turns or some other concept. Will this land be included with the Apartments approval?
Most importantly, we have not seen any intersection improvements to date, despite more and more homes (1k+) added down the road.
With so little time or information provided to the Residents, let City Council know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org