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Senior living development alters amenities for site
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Plans for a future senior living community near a busy south Forsyth intersection will now include a clubhouse.

The change was one of two condition amendments approved for the project by Forsyth County commissioners at their meeting on Thursday, passing by a 4-1 vote, with Chairman Pete Amos, of District 1, opposed.

The age-restricted development will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Peachtree Parkway (Hwy. 141) and Old Alpharetta Road and will include 40 lots, private roads and a gated entrance. The clubhouse will be 1,400 square feet and will have 10 parking spaces.

The addition of the clubhouse required an amendment to an original condition, which stated the developer would build a pavilion and cabana, unless there was an amenity area.

Another condition amendment reduced the required open space from 22 percent to 18 percent.

“The original plan was to have no amenity in this neighborhood, but with the public participation process and the planning commission, we were asked to put an amenity in,” said Josh Scoggins, a zoning attorney representing Old Alpharetta Investments LLC.

Amos, who voted against the changes, appeared to take issue with developers waiting three years after the initial approval to come back for the changes.

Scoggins said the amenity wasn’t added until five months into the initial zoning process, and the applicant had to decide whether to come back for a variance or restart the process. He said the timing had to do with them figuring out the amount of space that would be required.

He said the changes were not to skirt around procedures, but to pay for the required roads and amenities and that using some of the space designated for green space would help.

“To pay for everything, to develop the site, pay for private roads forever and pay and maintain the amenity without taking out residential units when really there is not an impact to anyone else outside this neighborhood,” Scoggins said.

Commissioner Brian Tam, who represents the area in District 2, said he had talked with members of the nearby Creekstone homeowners association, which was unopposed to the development.