Last night, the Gwinnett County Planning Commission held a public hearing to address a proposed subdivision development on Hope Hollow Road. Residents turned out prepared to oppose the measure, armed with talking points, charts, and a spirit of community concern.
In the end, there was nothing to oppose.
When Jerry Oberholtzer Jr. came to the podium to present the proposal to the commission, he announced that the developer had withdrawn their application. By rule, the proposal was automatically denied without prejudice.
According to the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting, the department recommendation was to deny the proposal. By withdrawing the application, the developer could come back in the future with a new plan for the property.
Of the residents who came to protest, most were relieved to hear of its withdrawal. Several agreed that the proposed size of the homes (1400 square feet) were out of step with the surrounding area and the biggest drawback to the proposal. Other concerns included the increased stress on already crowded schools and roads.
For now, the undeveloped acreage on Hope Hollow will remain untouched.