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Major mixed-use development proposed on Pilgrim Mill Road
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State groups are currently looking at a proposed development on 150 acres on Pilgrim Mill Road.

A large mixed-use development is proposed in the city of Cumming.

According to information from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, a proposed mixed-use development called The Villages at Brooks Farm has been proposed on Pilgrim Mill Road in the city limits.

“It’ll be a mixed use,” said Scott Morgan, director of planning and zoning for the city of Cumming. “It’ll be a combination of residential, retail and commercial.”

The development is proposed for 713 residential units – 398 multi-family units and 315 single-family detached units – and 60,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on 152 acres.

The property is being developed by Lennar Georgia, Inc. and the owner is listed as Pilgrim Mill family Limited Partnership.

Morgan said the site is currently going through the developments of regional impact, or DRI, process at the state level before coming to city officials.

“Some of those thresholds are the number of units in the development, development density, traffic that is going to be created,” Morgan said.

That process involves methodology meetings with groups such as the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

“They may actually make comments on the preliminary plans that have been submitted,” Morgan said. “They may make comments and say we want you to show this or show that or add this or that. They can actually make, I understand, some development review kind of comments.”

Morgan said the DRI process should take about 60 days but said it could take a bit longer to reach the city council due to the planned unit development district zoning, which is required for a mixed-use development in the city, developers are planning to apply for.

“It allows maximum flexibility to the developer in what they’re proposing, but it is also allowing maximum flexibility from the council standpoint to ask for changes or additions or whatever,” Morgan said. “I think the negotiation process on that will be a little bit longer than it would be for a standard zoning.”

Morgan said at the end of the process the city would rather have a plan everyone agreed on than a “zoning with a whole laundry list of conditions.”

The project is slated for completion in 2025, according to DCA.