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Hearing set on changes to development

CONYERS -- Residents of Carillon subdivision off Honey Creek Road are expected to be at a public hearing Tuesday to oppose zoning condition changes sought by the owner of undeveloped phases in the neighborhood.Summit Creek Properties LLC is asking Rockdale County Planning and Development to modify conditions on single-family homes in the undeveloped phases so those conditions are compatible with Fountain Crest subdivision. Fountain Crest is adjacent to Carillon and the two developments have connecting streets. The new phases will be developed as Summit Creek."The new developers that have bought it want to be able to develop it the same as they have been able to develop Fountain Crest," said Marshall Walker, director of Planning and Development for Rockdale County.

Walker said the conditions sought by Summit Creek would allow developers to build homes with one side brick, stone or stucco. Vinyl siding would be excluded.

"Some folks in existing Carillon want more stringent conditions," he said.

Zoning conditions in Carillon call for three sides brick, stone or stucco, with the remaining side to be either brick, stone, stucco or Hardiplank siding. Walker said most of the 20 existing homes in Carillon are three sides brick. There are 33 remaining lots in the undeveloped phases.

Walker pointed out that the conditions in Carillon do not specify which three sides of the home must be brick, stone or stucco.

Another change in zoning conditions sought by Summit Creek Properties would allow the developer to install sidewalks on just one side of the street rather than the two sides currently required. Again, the change is requested to make the new development compatible with Fountain Crest, where there are sidewalks on one side of the street.

Tuesday's public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. at the Rockdale County Assembly Hall, 901 N. Main St., Conyers. The issue will not come up for a vote until Feb. 12.