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Letter of Support for Homewowners in South Gwinnett

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This is the official letter from my legislative office supporting constituents in South Gwinnett on the efforts to delay a vote on rezoning for the area in which they live. This letter has been delivered to all Gwinnett County board of commissioners

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Letter of Support for Homewowners in South Gwinnett

  1. 1. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COVERDELL LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ROOM 404 ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30334 404-656-0109 404-651-8086 (FAX) DAR’SHUN KENDRICK REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 93 POST OFFICE BOX 630 LITHONIA, GEORGIA 30058 EMAIL: dar’shun.kendrick@house.ga.gov STANDING COMMITTEES INTERSTATE COOPERATION JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL JUVENILE JUSTICE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MINORITY CAUCUS CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP Delivered via email and mail November 4, 2019 Commissioner Gwinnett County Government Dear Commissioner: As you know, I represent portions of South Gwinnett including Centerville in my legislative district. After speaking with citizens, I have become aware of a significant concern of my constituents in the area regarding Gwinnett County Rezoning Action #RZ2019- 00017 in the Centerville area. From what I have been told, there are essentially two major issues which concern this action. First, I understand that the developer is not a Gwinnett County developer and that the land to be re-zoned is part of an estate which is held by an out of state trust company. It is my understanding that the family has been sitting on this property for some time and just wants to get it sold. However, hundreds of my constituents stand to be negatively impacted if this re-zoning as presented were to go though. The most immediate concern that I have is that there appears to be evidence of possible Native American or other burial grounds. The residents of the surrounding properties have retained the archaeologist who found the remains of Fort Daniel here in Gwinnett and an Anthropology professor from Georgia State who have both given sworn affidavits that from the photographs they reviewed, know these “piles” are consistent with others that have been known to contain human remains and that they require further study. There is also a contention that some of the piles have already been damaged by preliminary digging/blasting on the site.1 The residents also contend that the proposed rezoning from would destroy the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan classifies this area as the “Established Neighborhoods Character Area.” I have been made aware that the Planning 1 Unfortunately, the attorney for the trust has told the homeowners that may not enter upon the property to conduct any further study. The attorney for the homeowners, Mr. Chuck Ross, has indicated that he has not been able to gain permission from the attorney for the trust.
  2. 2. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COVERDELL LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ROOM 404 ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30334 404-656-0109 404-651-8086 (FAX) DAR’SHUN KENDRICK REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 93 POST OFFICE BOX 630 LITHONIA, GEORGIA 30058 EMAIL: dar’shun.kendrick@house.ga.gov STANDING COMMITTEES INTERSTATE COOPERATION JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL JUVENILE JUSTICE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MINORITY CAUCUS CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP November 4th, 2019 Page 2 Commissioner Department, in its report, noted that ALL of the surrounding properties, which are all zoned R-100, have 100-foot lot widths and indeed a quick drive through the surrounding neighborhoods clearly reveals established neighborhoods with lots of trees and traditional lots. This is much different than what is being requested.2 While one could absolutely design an OSC development which would work here, what is being proposed does not fit an Established Neighborhood character. Rather, it is the same clear-cut, cookie-cutter development we see all over Metro Atlanta. I support the homeowners request that a vote on the rezoning be tabled until there is an examination by a neutral archaeologist to determine what these “piles” truly are. The homeowners understand that this property eventually will be developed, however, due to the large number of well-established neighborhoods, all with the R-100 classification, they desire that the change to OSC be denied. They believe that requiring a developer to maintain the same lot widths as the surrounding properties is essential to protecting their neighborhoods and is required under the 2040 Comp. Plan. Please accept this letter of support of my homeowners and constituents in South Gwinnett in their require for a TABLING of the vote on rezoning of this matter until further research and study can be conducted in the area. I hope that you will strongly consider this action and please contact my office with any questions. Yours In Service Always, Dar’shun N. Kendrick, State Representative House District 93 2 Although, the overall density of the development may be 1.61 units per acre, it is clear that over half of the 100.25 acres is being left as open space. Thus, these 150 houses will be crammed onto the remaining 46.43 acres. 150 new homes, built much closer together than any of the hundreds of surrounding homes in the established neighborhood, will not support the intent of the 2040 plan.

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