The subject property has been commercially zoned for years and industrially used as the Jackson Creek sewage treatment facility since the 1975. The site is currently unused with vacant buildings and structures throughout.
The applicant intends to construct a single building measuring 351,310 square feet. The applicant is proposing an attractive building with high-quality architectural features surrounded by professional landscaping. For additional detail on the proposed intent, see applicant’s letter of intent.
ANALYSIS OF REZONING REQUEST
The subject property has 1300+ feet of road frontage and is located approximately 3 miles from I-85. The predominant uses along Indian Trail Road are commercial, industrial, and high density residential past the site to beyond Lawrenceville Highway. Similar buildings in the area employ 150-250 people (depending on use).
According to the Zoning Ordinance 405-1 Purpose and intent. The purpose of the IA district is twofold: to provide suitable areas for service-oriented business, and industrial operations and processes integrated with office and/or showroom uses, and related ancillary retail and service activities, with a minimum of interference from traffic and conflicting uses; and to provide and protect areas for processing, fabricating, manufacturing, warehousing, and research industrial uses which do not create noise, odor, smoke, vibration, dust or other emissions and which do not possess other objectionable characteristics that might be detrimental to surrounding neighborhoods or other uses permitted in the district.
The preliminary grading plan actually achieves this purpose by lowering the site significantly along the northern and northeastern property lines. Much of the property will be left undisturbed due to stream buffers as well. Limited number of curb cuts also helps achieve the purpose and intent of the zoning district.
Based upon the above considerations, the Planning Commission recommended APPROVAL of the request for rezoning from CB to IA with the following conditions:
Building construction as proposed shall be allowed in general accordance with the applicant’s rendering. Final architectural approval by the Planning Director required.
Buffer grading encroachment shall be allowed in general accordance with the applicant’s replanting plans. Final approval by the Planning Director required.
No more than 2 curb cuts on Indian Trail Road shall be allowed.
Applicant/Developer shall install a minimum 5-foot sidewalk along the right-of-way of Indian Trail Lilburn Road.
Applicant/Developer shall install street trees along the Indian Trail Lilburn Road frontage planted a minimum of 40-feet on center. Street trees shall be a minimum of 3-inch caliper (dbh) at the time of planting.