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Catoosa County commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of two parcels at their May 18 meeting that will allow for two new multifamily developments.

The first was a rezoning of about 20.5 acres of a 50-acre parcel on Boynton Drive from R-1 single-family residential to C-R commercial-residential.

The rezoning for the planned multifamily development for seniors, called Meadow Creek, was previously approved by the planning commission with conditions, including deed-restricting to tenants age 55 and older and restricting the development to no more than 150 units. That panel's rezoning approval also included the stipulation that the rest of the property remain single-family residential.

The county commission upheld the planning commission's recommendations.

County commissioners also unanimously approved the rezoning of an approximately 70-acre parcel along Pine Grove and Glory roads from SZ (a combination of C-1 commercial and R-1 single-family residential) to R-3 multifamily residential. Rezoning of the property had also previously been approved by the planning commission.

Preliminary plans for the development, called Heritage Pointe, include 142 lots and about 30 acres of green space and ponds.

All lots in the development will be 10,000 square feet, or almost a quarter-acre, engineer Wayne McCoy said, and the cost of homes is expected to be in the $400,000-$700,000 range.

County Commissioner Charlie Stephens said after visiting the site that he was concerned about the property's entrances and exits on Pine Grove and Glory roads.

"There's a lot of winding roads," he said. "Sight distance is going to be a problem there."

Jeremy Bryson, director of the Catoosa Department of Transportation, said the main sight distance concerns are on the north side of Pine Grove Road, on which 10,000-11,000 cars travel per day. He's discussed this with the project's engineer and the applicant is aware he must meet the sight distance requirements, Bryson said.

Another condition for approval was that future homeowners be made aware that Heritage High and Heritage Middle schools, which are the zoned schools for only a portion of the development, are operating at capacity and will not accept out-of-zone requests from residents of the other portion of the development zoned for Lakeview Middle and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High schools. All homes in Heritage Pointe will be zoned for Battlefield Primary and Elementary schools.

No one present at the May 18 spoke against the rezoning of either property, and County Zoning Administrator James Davis said both proposed developments are connected to sewer and compatible with the county's comprehensive plan.

Contact Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6508.

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