Planning Commission Approves Rezoning For Waterside; Neighbors Upset About Flooding

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon approved rezoning one section of the Waterside mixed-use development near Hamilton Place Mall.

The commission approved C-4 zoning for a section of the development that runs along I-75.

The final decision will be by the City Council on Feb. 12.

Waterside includes an HH Gregg, a Mellow Mushroom and an Embassy Suites that is under construction.

Developer Ken Defoor said he would like to have an exit from the development at the end of Napier Drive.

He said it would be one way - with no one allowed to come in at that location.

The entrance to Waterside is on Shallowford Road across from the Country Place Restaurant.

Mr. Defoor said he still intends residential and offices along Gunbarrel Road, but they would not be opened until the nearby section of Gunbarrel is approved.

The developor maintained that his project has not worsened flooding in that vicinity despite complaints from residents of Preston Circle, who said they are frequently flooded.

Tom Lawson said he had some water in his yard prior to Waterside. Now he said he regularly has water causing flooding problems at his home coming from Gunbarrel Road.

Mr. Defoor said he sympathizes with anyone with flooding problems, but he said, "We can prove we have not contributed to the water problems."

Mike Price, an engineer for the development said most of the water on the site flows either toward the interstate or toward Shallowford Road. He said less than 10 percent is toward a creek at Gunbarrel Road.


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