The Woodstock City Council on Monday approved annexing and rezoning about 59 acres of land to make way for another mixed use community in its downtown area.
The council unanimously approved a request from Smyrna-based Breezy Hill Land, LLC to annex about 59 of 87.25 acres and rezone the entire property to the downtown residential/office and medium density residential category.
It also approved a conditional use permit to allow multi-family rental homes as part of a proposed mixed-use community.
The approval was based upon city staff bringing back a development agreement in the next 90 days for the council to consider approving. The agreement will stipulate how the city and developer would acquire right-of-way and construct the thoroughfares needed to avoid traffic gridlock on Main Street.
The proposed community would include both single-family attached and detached residences, apartment units and retail components.
The property was originally rezoned in 2007, and would have included about 186 single-family detached homes, 230 single-family attached homes, about 112 condominium units, up to 180 apartment units and a minimum of 100,000 square feet of office and retail space.
The new conditions call for about 239 single-family detached homes, 108 attached homes, 22 condo units, 204 apartment units and 41,800 square feet of retail and office space. It also increased the green space from 20 percent to 22 percent.
Overall, the project reduces the number of residential units from 609 to 573.
At least one resident was not too thrilled about the increase in apartments units. Fred Willman, who lives in the Serenade community, said adding another 2,000 cars to downtown Woodstock will exasperate the gridlock on Main Street.
He also said the apartments will "create a nuisance" and decrease his property values.