Vote delayed on controversial farm-centered community in Gwinnett

UPDATE: The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners tabled Tuesday the “farmmunity” proposal from Grayson-area landowner Justin Brady.

The matter is now scheduled to be taken up during the board’s Sept. 26 meeting.

ORIGINAL STORY, published Aug. 21, 2017: A much-debated, farm-centered housing development near Grayson is scheduled to be taken up Tuesday by Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners. 

Justin Brady wants to build a 32-home community on the 50-plus acres he owns off Lakeview Road, but the project would be unique— his plans call for creating a “farmmunity,” complete with a community garden and greenhouse, a recreational pond, a barn for small animals like chickens and goats, a cafe and the future possibility of a hosting a brand new farmers market.

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In order for Brady’s dream to become reality, the Board of Commissioners will have to approve his request to rezone about half of his property to a “traditional neighborhood district.” The rezoning is on the commission’s Tuesday night agenda — but not all of Brady’s neighbors support his vision.

A group calling itself the Lakeview Road Coalition issued a press release earlier this summer, saying it was “gravely concerned” that the cafe and farm aspects of Brady’s proposal would “open the door for additional commercial development” in the mostly residential area. 

About 150 people “like” or “follow” the coalition’s Facebook page.

The Gwinnett County Planning Commission has recommended that Brady’s requested rezoning be approved with conditions. Those conditions include prohibiting potential commercial uses like hair salons, dry cleaners, pharmacies, and daycare facilities.

The Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

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