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ANNOUNCEMENT: VOTING TOMORROW on Proposed Drive-thru only Coffee Shop at Killian Hill and FFT Rd


Coffee Shop Proposal Case CIC2023-00028
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There is a case being presented to the Gwinnett Planning Commission TONIGHT for a proposal to build a Drive-Thru only Coffee Shop in front of the Publix at the intersection of Killian Hill Rd and Five Forks Trickum Rd. The above file is the case report that is being presented.

The Planning Commission is recommending DENIAL due to the comments found in the report (printed page # 4 or 41) that are listed below.


If you are concerned what this will do to the immediate area being it is a Drive-Thru only establishment, the Planning Commission NEEDS our Support! If you can find time, please visit the meeting TOMORROW NIGHT:


Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 7:00pm 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046 A. Whether a proposed change in conditions will permit a use that is suitable in view of the use and development of adjacent and nearby property. The proposed change in conditions to remove the limit of three out-parcels could permit a use that is suitable in view of the use and development of adjacent and nearby property, provided that appropriate controls aligning with the 2040 Unified Plan are also applied. A facility which encourages pedestrians and allows customers to enter and stay inside would be more suitable.


B. Whether a proposed change in conditions will adversely affect the existing use or usability of adjacent or nearby property. The proposed change in conditions would adversely impact the existing use or usability of adjacent or nearby property, as currently proposed. This commercial node serves many nearby residents that would be better served by a non-automobile related use intended for those passing thru the area. The drive-thru only business would only add additional traffic to the area, without a local benefit.


C. Whether the property to be affected by a proposed change in conditions has a reasonable economic use as currently zoned. The property has a reasonable economic use as currently zoned.


D. Whether the proposed change in conditions will result in a use which will or could cause an excessive or burdensome use of existing streets, transportation facilities, utilities, or schools. An increase in impacts on public facilities would be anticipated in the form of traffic, utility demand, and stormwater runoff; however, these impacts would be mitigated with appropriate conditions, site development requirements, and planning. Agency review comments related to any potential improvements concerning this rezoning request are attached (Exhibit G).


E. Whether the proposed change in conditions is in conformity with the policy and intent of the Unified Plan and Future Development Map; and The 2040 Unified Plan Future Development Map indicates that the subject property lies within the Neighborhood Node Character Area. The Neighborhood Node Character Area is intended for smaller commercial/retail nodes at various intersections located throughout the County. Mainly serving the residents of the surrounding residential neighborhoods, these nodes will most likely draw customers from the nearby area. Future development and redevelopment should maintain the community-oriented feel of these areas, with a focus on creating small areas with a mixture of uses combining retail, low-intensity office and medium- density residential in a pedestrian friendly environment and allowing nearby residents to safely walk to and within them. Development of the subject 1.05-acre site for a small, drive-thru only coffee shop to serve drivers in their vehicles is not in conformity with the Neighborhood Node Character Area. A restaurant or retail use that accommodates pedestrians and the daily needs of nearby residents would be more appropriate.


F. Whether there are other existing or changing conditions affecting the use and development of the property which give supporting grounds for either approval or disapproval of the proposed change in conditions. A retail or restaurant use would be appropriate at this location if customers were served inside. Providing a space where local residents can walk to and enjoy would be more beneficial to the area and more aligned with the intent of the Neighborhood Node Character Area and better supplement the existing uses in the area


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