UPDATE: Snellville Planning Commission member Tod Warner reported that the vote has been delayed until a Special Called Meeting on Dec. 1 pending outcome of a traffic study.
The city of Snellville Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on Kroger’s controversial rezoning and annexation application at the Planning Commission meeting in Snellville Thursday night and a group of people plan on turning up to ask them to hold off, at least for now.
“Residents, business owners and landowners will request the Planning Commission delay its vote until all required studies are completed and outstanding issues are resolved,” Cory Stewart, representing some of the real estate businesses in the area, said in a press release. “In addition, they will request more information about unknown impacts to independent business owners, traffic on congested U.S. 78, quality of life and safety concerns for neighbors (increased traffic, noise, lights, etc.), and environmental issues.”
Kroger’s plans to build a new Kroger Marketplace store and fuel center on Athens Highway, just across the road from where a current Kroger is located in the Loganville area of Unincorporated Gwinnett, were revealed in a press release from the City of Snellville last month. Snellville Public Information Officer Brian Arrington reported that the city had received applications for a 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace store and fuel center to be located at 1000 Athens Highway at Rosebud Road. They also planned to ask to have the property annexed into the city of Snellville. Arrington said the case would be considered by the Planning Commission at the Oct. 27 regular meeting and then scheduled for first and second Mayor and Council readings on Nov. 9 and Dec. 12 respectively. The planning commission meeting, however, was rescheduled and it will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 29, 2015, at Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia 30078
According to Stewart, the reasons for requesting a delay include:
- City discovered several problems with Kroger’s traffic analysis, such as underreporting traffic impacts, questionable calculations, mitigation issues and more.
- City found Kroger’s elevation drawings failed to meet architectural design criteria and must be improved.
- Kroger failed to provide adequate buffers between new commercial district and adjacent residents.
- Company has not submitted preliminary drawings for sign variance application.
- Variance or mitigation plans have not been submitted for impacts to onsite stream buffer (due to Kroger’s 900-foot long retaining wall). In addition, other environmental impact reports (stormwater runoff, wetlands, archaeological, etc.) remain missing from application.
- Kroger has not submitted detailed landscape plans for the site.