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Future Development Could Be On The Horizon for Highway 166 Bypass

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UPDATE: 7/27: According to Carroll County Clerk Lynda Bingham, when the de-annexation request went before the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, the motion for the county to object to the proposed annexation of the property by the City of Carrollton was not recognized or considered by the Commissioners due to lack of a second, and no action was taken on this agenda item. The Carroll County Code of Ordinances section on Parliamentary Procedure relating to this item states, “ [A] proposed main motion will not be recognized by the chair until another commissioner agrees to second the motion.” Since the motion to deny was not seconded by the commissioners, the applicant’s request was processed and granted through the City of Carrollton.  The item will not be placed on the BOC agenda again, nor will the applicant have to go through the approval process again. Ultimately, the de-annexation request passed.

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The Carrollton City Council approved a rezoning and annexation request from developers interested in bringing future commercial development to the city, in addition to a new apartment complex. The applicant, Culpepper Development, Inc., now has the City of Carrollton on board with the annexation and rezoning of 54.23 acres located on the Highway 166 Bypass from Carroll County R-1 jurisdiction to Mixed Use Planned Development. This allows the developers the correct zoning for their proposed 330-unit apartment complex and approximately 19.43 acres of commercial outparcels with the conditions that the sidewalk requirement along the Highway 166 Bypass shall be waived, but internal sidewalks should be installed within the development to promote connectivity. Also, the proposed commercial buildings must provide front facades facing the Highway 166 Bypass. These conditions were recommended by the Carrollton Planning and Zoning Commission. This property is located on the east side of the bypass near the intersection with Cedar Street and is comprised of a portion of two separate parcels. Although both parcels have addresses on Folds Road in Carroll County, the subject tract is not adjacent to Folds Road. According to Community Development Director Erica Studdard, the request is binding since it is categorized as planned development. Now that the city has approved the request, the developers must go to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to request approval for the deannexation of this property. 

According to the developers, there are no tenants identified currently because they are still working out the zoning, but there has been “great interest.” While there is not a confirmed commercial development, the space available could allow for restaurant, retail, or even grocery store. The apartment complex will consist of 10 buildings made up of one- to three-bedroom units. There will be a centrally located amenities area including a clubhouse, pool, a courtyard with a fire pit, and other gathering space. There are some unique community features such as an indoor pet spa with washing and drying stations, outdoor pavilion with grilling stations, outdoor televisions and seating areas, TruGolf simulator, game room with ping pong, shuffleboard, and vintage arcade, and indoor bike storage with repair stations. There are more features to this apartment complex, such as all units having a balcony. It was acknowledged at the council meeting that the complex will comply with fair housing laws and that five percent of units will be ADA units. Culpepper Development is in partnership with Imperium Development for this project. With Carroll County’s decision on deannexation pending, if it is approved, the developers expect to begin construction in Quarter 1 of 2024. 

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