The Oconee County planning staff has recommended against approval of the requested rezone by Presbyterian Homes of Georgia for 96 acres on Rocky Branch Road and against the special use request to construct a continuing care retirement community on the site.
The staff report states that the request to rezone the Autumn Glen subdivision across from Old Waverly for the PHG facility “appears to conflict with the development goals and strategies” the county has established for the area.
The residential density of the proposed PHG facility is much higher than bordering single-family residential neighborhoods, the staff report states.
“Approval of this development at the requested location could establish a precedent of placing higher residential densities in areas not intended or suitable for multi-family project development,” Planner Brad Callender wrote in the report.
The PHG request comes before the Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Monday night. That meeting will take place in the courthouse in Watkinsville.
For details on the staff report and the rezone request, go to Oconee County Observations.