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Roswell Schedules Another UDC Design Guidelines Workshop

The public meeting and open house will take place on Feb. 5.

Late this afternoon the City of Roswell sent out word about another public design guidelines workshop connected to the proposed Unified Development Code

That meeting will take place on Feb. 5. Earlier this week, we posted a story about another special UDC work session slated for next Wednesday.

The additional meetings have been called as the Roswell Mayor & Council tentatively approved the UDC on a First Reading and with formal approval scheduled for Feb. 10. 

Here's the rest of the city's release about the second UDC design guideline workshop:

The focus of the project is to establish clear, concise development regulations that will provide appropriate design guidance for innovative approaches to development while maintaining the desired character of Roswell. The guidelines will address development throughout the City, including the historic district.

The proposed Unified Development Code (UDC) is a single ("unified") tool that addresses contemporary development and zoning practices in a format that is consistent and easily understood by administrators, developers, and community members.

This workshop and open house, which will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 220 at Roswell City Hall (38 Hill Street), will include a joint work session with the Roswell Design Review Board (DRB) and Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). It will provide opportunities for questions and public feedback.

For more information, contact Courtney Lankford at clankford@roswellgov.com or Kevin Turner atkturner@roswellgov.com. For more information about the UDC, visit www.roswellgov.com/UDC.

Ga Loco Lee January 25, 2014 at 01:10 PM
This whole "conditional approval" mantra is a smokescreen. And guess who is most likely to see more apartments with a greater impact on schools, traffic, crime, etc. - you guessed it - the east side. Citizens please realize that it only takes one 3-3 vote (allowing Comrade Wood to make the deciding vote in favor of more development) to toss out any conditions and approve any project of the likes of the Charlie Brown property and it will be entirely within newly approved UDC regulations to build nine (9) story buildings throughout Roswell with no density restrictions. Currently there is another property at the corner of Old Scott and HBR that is almost 4 acres with 3 houses on them now. They are changing zoning from FCA to OR - which allows for apartments ("conditionally" of course). The likelihood exists to literally squeeze in 150-200 apartments there. And our east Roswell Council person Becky Wynn (who will likely be run out of office the next go-around) and Comrade Jere Wood called this a move in the right direction - and do you believe somehow they will not go along with a developer who will be "investing millions into our community". The map, which will be discussed as its first reading on Monday night, includes 6 stories on the corners of Hwy 9/HBR. Candidly the vote on the UDC and the map are premature and can easily be delayed to March 10th. And If there's more that can be accomplished by delaying further, I'm all for that as well. The end result of allowing so much density is that the existing empty strip malls are less likely to be redeveloped. Why go to the trouble when there is so much more profit to be made more easily. Five years from now all of the existing empty strip centers will still be sitting there - even though we'll have tons of new development in process. It is a well-known fact that developers are lining up to get started once the UDC passes. We will be overrun with development and in the end we'll be stuck with the additional costs (water and sewer lines, intersection improvements, services, TRAFFIC). In answer to what we can do to mitigate the impact on the forthcoming Charlie Brown like properties, I suggest the following addition to Roswell's UDC which comes from Raleigh UDO section called “Infrastructure Sufficiency” that could be utilized to mitigate uncontrolled development that will inevitably be coming to east Roswell. http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/extra/Books/PlanDev/UnifiedDevelopmentOrdinance/files/assets/basic-html/page226.html
Ga Loco Lee January 26, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Key points for consideration before the final vote that will result in the passage of this sweeping code change: - City videos and presentations made clear Roswell is primarily suburban residential with 2-3 story buildings. This should be honored and we do not want 4-6 or more story buildings along our major corridors, nor do we want more apartments. - Roswell neighborhoods have consistently supported density limits. The UDC removes specific density limits. - Roswell residents do not want substantially higher densities than are allowed today. We also want minimum sizes of individual dwellings, not whatever a developer can squeeze onto a property. - While a few 9,000 sf lot developments may exist today, they were not wanted in the first place. Roswell does not need even more and definitely does not need 6,000 sf and 4,000 sf lots. - Walkability and Mixed-Use are nice general concepts that everyone can support but these high-level ideals should not be misinterpreted to mean we want much higher densities and much taller buildings. Roswell residents have not supported those increases. - Walkability is not realistic across entire corridors nor throughout Roswell's suburban area. Keep these efforts to small, specific areas. - Focus redevelopment on needed areas - empty strip shopping centers. Do not open up entire corridors to higher densities and taller buildings. - If 4-6 story buildings along with smaller lot size subdivisions are allowed, how can Roswell handle more traffic? - Roswell residents do not want our own City government deliberately adding to already over-capacity roads. - We do not support hidden density increases of new Accessory Apartments and Carriage Houses which will likely attract undesirables. Stable neighborhoods require ownership. - Roswell is a green city and we want to keep it that way. Require substantial greenspace in any new development. - Election promises were made that existing zoning would be kept as close as possible in new UDC categories and heights would remain the same they are today. Now that the elections are over, keep those promises. Please contact your council members and express your concerns before its toooooooooooo late. Lee Fleck

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