Clayton leaders have approved the first of several large subdivisions planned for the north side of town.
A week after residents packed The Clayton Center to voice concerns about a 2,200-home proposal from Wakefield Development Co., the Clayton Town Council on Monday backed developer Reid Smith’s smaller, 330-unit ParkView subdivision.
Smith plans to build ParkView on City Road, less than a half-mile from Steeplechase, the proposed Wakefield development that is awaiting approval. The subdivision will also be next to the 140-acre Creech tract, which is also poised for residential growth. Dalton Engineering has submitted a preliminary master plan for the Creech tract that outlines about 600 homes and a commercial node.
The subdivisions’ potential boost to Clayton’s current population of about 17,000 worries some neighbors, especially those who will live next to Steeplechase.
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As for ParkView, the Clayton Civitan Club, which operates one of three parks next to the subdivision, raised flags about the neighborhood when the developer unveiled his plans last year. The Civitans didn’t want future ParkView residents complaining about light or noise from their park.
Smith, whose subdivision will be part of his father’s collection of Fred Smith communities, met with the Civitans and attended ball games at the park. That led to a notice he’ll give to potential homeowners through the neighborhood’s covenants and purchase contracts.
“We do not see any issues with the concerns, but we would like to address them,” Smith said.
ParkView will be on 83 acres, about half of which will be open space or conservation areas. The rest will host of a mix of housing types that will mostly back up to trees and vegetation that exceed the town’s required 20-foot buffers.
“When they go out on their porch, they will have a private view,” Smith said.
Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod praised Smith for working with the Civitans and changing other minor details in the plan, including altering access points into the neighborhood and realigning streets.
“I think the developer has gone above and beyond with the issue of letting people know there are parks around there and noise and lighting,” McLeod said. “For me, personally, my hat’s off to you for telling folks that’s what you’re going to be up against.”
One Clayton resident who will live next to the neighborhood was not satisfied with what she heard. Janet Daniel said she moved to Clayton more than 20 years ago because of the rural atmosphere, and she wants it to stay that way.
Daniel signed a formal petition in opposition to the neighborhood. That move required a super majority, or four out of five council members, to approve the project.
“This is your town – you are making it what you want it to be,” Daniel said. “I’ll be dead and gone, but in 15 years, I wonder what it will look like”
In addition to 330 homes, ParkView will include a gazebo next to a pond area and a neighborhood gardening plot. A future section of Sam’s Branch Greenway will run along the northern end of the subdivision.
Because ParkView will be a Fred Smith community, residents can pay for memberships giving them access to golf courses, pools and gyms in Riverwood Athletic Club, LionsGate and several other subdivisions.
Donnie Adams, an engineer working with Smith on ParkView, owns about half of the 83 acres. A church, Hocutt Baptist, owns the other half.