Article by Sarah Mueller, originally published by Gainesville Times on Aug 05, 2013.
Photo Credit: Kolter

Gainesville City Council members are expected to consider a request by OK Lake Lanier LLP, also known as the Kolter Group, to annex about 76 acres so more houses can be added to the Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision.

Kolter plans to expand Cresswind to 950 lots from 799, an increase of about two homes per acre. The property is currently undeveloped and would be part of Phase III construction and zoned planned unit development.

The houses would look similar to other developed areas of the neighborhood. Cresswind is an active adult community that targets baby boomers.

According to planning documents, the extra 151 homes could generate nearly 1,500 more car trips a day. Phase III of the subdivision would include about 478 homes total with gated access from Montgomery Drive, which could potentially increase trips to 4,574 a day. However, the original traffic impact study for this development said that typically age-restricted communities generate about 55 percent less trips than subdivisions that don’t restrict age.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board approved the request July 9 with several conditions, including an updated traffic impact study and providing access to the property on the south side of Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road by using a bridge or tunnel to connect the north side of the highway, or an intersection.