Planning commission recommends denial of apartments on North Broad Extension

Friday, Jan. 6., 2023–6:14 p.m.

Adam Carey, Rome News-Tribune

A developer’s request to build more than 400 apartments on a 32-acre tract next to the North Pointe subdivision got a recommendation for denial Thursday from the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission.
The tract off North Broad Extension was rezoned to Suburban Residential last year with plans for 159 houses. KC Homes is now seeking rezoning for Multi-Family Residential in order to build apartments on the property.

Rome-Floyd Planning Commission photo showing the outline of the 32-acre tract for the proposed apartments

The developer was apologetic about the change Thursday and spoke at length about the need for housing in Floyd County — noting that economic factors were driving the change.

Most opponents to the project were concerned about the amount of traffic that 400-plus units would bring to the already stressed North Broad Extension, a two-lane road off North Broad Street.

The planning commission rejected the proposal without prejudice, meaning the developer can bring back their proposal at any time, perhaps opening the way for negotiations with the city and residents.

Also Thursday:

The planning commission recommended approval of plans to build 24 townhomes on the vacant 1.67-acre North Broad Youth Center site,  a 4,000-square-foot brick office building at 303 E. First St., special use permits to build duplexes at 115 and 117 E. Main St., and a proposed Dollar General store on the southeast corner of Black’s Bluff and Fosters Mill roads.

Greenland Development Ventures’ request for High-Density Traditional Residential zoning to put 81 houses on 32 acres off Eden Valley Road just east of the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing also received backing as did Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center’s request for a special use permit to add a paintball facility and some additional recreational vehicle spots.

The citizen board makes recommendations on proposed land use changes that will go before the Rome and Floyd County commissions for final action.

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