Several hundred people attended a city of Johns Creek Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night in opposition to a plan to turn woods into a neighborhood.
The commission chambers was standing room only as residents packed into the room. The commission quickly tabled the issue until next month. Chambers emptied as residents then packed into another meeting, this one with the land owner and developers.
Michael Rogers owns the land being sold. He told the room of about 100 people he planned to sell more than 100 acres to developer Ashton Woods. Rogers and representatives from Ashton Woods showed the group newly drawn plans. They also asked residents for feedback, putting their concerns on paper so they could try and come up with a more comprehensive plan.
The Rogers family wants the city to rezone 104 acres the family owns near Rogers Bridge Road, north of Bell Road. Plans submitted to the city say the rezoning would then pave the way for a developer to build 275 homes 33 acres of that.
"I think its going to add a lot of traffic to the area and the already congested streets," said Kevin Crenshaw, one of hundreds of people who planned on attending.
Besides traffic, others, like Marie Gorham, worry about the loss of the woods and pastures.
"That's probably one of the last areas that's not been touched," Gorham said.
There are also concerns the much smaller homes being proposed could potentially hurt the area.
"What was submitted was very small lot sizes, 60 feet or less, and very small home sizes, which are not characteristic of this area at all," said Cathy Eads, who also planned to attend.
The Rogers family has owned the land, along with a farm house, for nearly 200 years. They did not want to give CBS46 News a comment. However, in a letter to the city of Johns Creek, the family wrote, in part:
"Over that period of time, we have not asked or attempted to sell or develop any part of that acreage. We come to you at this time with a request to rezone a portion of the property as a means to acquire more property contiguous to our historic home."
"We recognize it is their property, and they have every right to develop it, and we want to work together, so we can all agree on preserving the quality of life here for the people who live here," said Eads.
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