The Planning Commission here voted to approve a proposed 212-lot single-family home subdivision on New Bethel Church Road, near South Garner High School.
That neighborhood would likely serve Bryan Road Elementary, Bryan Road Middle and South Garner High School when each are built.
The subdivision will be on 97 acres of land. The land’s current surroundings are farmland and some residential. It is currently outside of Garner town limits, but is expected to be annexed.
The developer of the project is Douglas Ball.
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The Planning Commission also voted to have the site rezoned from R-30 to R-9. The need to rezone was so the developers could build more homes on the property. The R-30 zoning of the 97 acres could only allow about 110 homes.
With the new zoning, it could fit nearly 300 homes in the 97 acres.
There will be more than 25 acres of open space in the neighborhood. It will be called Oak Park. There will be road improvments to New Bethel Church Road, and sidewalks.
The entrance to the subdivision is directly across from Clifford Road.
“As we designed this project coming in from Clifford, it quickly became apparent that the entrance drive was headed right toward a very significant stand of existing trees, Tony Tate, a designer for the project, said.
Tate said it was important for them to preserve the trees. The entrance to the subdivsion will be highlighted by the oak trees that are currently on the property.
“These are massive, massive gorgeous trees,” Tate said. “In designing this, it’s our plan to save those trees.”
The average lot size will be 12,000 square feet, he said. But some of the bigger homes will be on lots twice that size.
This area has been targeted by the town for future growth. It is in close proximity to White Oak and the three new schools being built. There is also lots of undeveloped land that will have potential to bring higher end homes to the town, something Garner has lacked in the past. It would be a good boost to the tax base.
Many of the existing homes in the area are in the county. But the town is trying to get out ahead before developers come to the site and apply for county permits.
One such developer did get away last year. The developer applied for a permit before the town found out. The homes were priced at about $310,000 and the council tried to entice the developer to annex in the town to use the City of Raleigh’s water.
However, after weeks of discussion and negotiation, R.H. Stockett, the developers, decided to go in a different direction and remain in the county.
A final vote on the subdivision plan will move forward to the town council at an April meeting.