Large housing development proposed off North Davis Road
Published 9:49 am Friday, November 17, 2023
Over 200 homes are proposed for a large development off of the 200 block of North Davis Road in LaGrange. The project would coincide with plans to widen Davis Road, but the city would have to approve a rezoning request to allow for the development first.
On Tuesday, the LaGrange City Council discussed a rezoning request to rezone 95.4 acres of property on North Davis Road from Suburban Single-Family Residential (SU-R) and Traditional Neighborhood Mixed-Use (TN-MX) to Traditional Neighborhood Residential (TN-R).
The property is located between Faith Baptist Church and the Troup County Board of Education Administration Building.
The developer, Houston Homes, has previously built 11 homes along the corridor and has requested the property be rezoned to allow them to construct 215 to 220 single-family homes.
The proposed homes are expected to range from 1,700 square feet to 3,600 square feet, costing $300,000 to $500,000.
Of note, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) plans to widen the roadway along that area of the North and South Davis Road corridor.
City Planner Mark Kostial said the road widening project will be completed in phases where the proposed development would be located. The right-of-way acquisition phase for the road widening project is not anticipated until 2026 with construction potentially in 2027, he said.
Houston Home would like to begin land disturbance for the housing development by the spring of 2024.
Kostial noted that the character area map for the area would also have to be amended if the development is allowed, as it is currently has the parks designation, which only allows passive parks and cemeteries.
The Board of Planning and Zoning appeals previously unanimously voted to recommend approval of the rezoning request and amending the character area map for the area to Developing Neighborhood.
The council later voted unanimously to call for a public hearing on Dec. 12 to hear comments on the potential rezoning.