Gwinnett residents band together to fight proposed subdivision

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Some Gwinnett County residents have 24 hours to block a controversial rezoning vote for a proposed subdivision.

Those residents told Ch. 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh they’re concerned about hundreds of new homes in a congested area and who is trying to build them.

Developer David Jenkins, of Duluth-based Rocklyn Homes, is closely tied to the prosecution of a former Gwinnett County commissioner.

"We are fighting this rezoning,” said resident Marlin Knapp. He said he has a long list of concerns including “an overflow of traffic, a lot of congestion, and that we already have now."

Rocklyn Homes has proposed subdivision transforming 130 acres along Cruse Road in Lawrenceville into 334 homes.

We don't have infrastructure to take this kind of load," said resident Mike Islam. "We cannot take even 100 more cars on the street."

The group, using the name “Neighborhoods In Peril,” has been unsuccessfully fighting this development for weeks.

The county planning board approved the request to rezone, with some modifications. Tuesday night, Gwinnett County commissioners will have final say.

Rocklyn Homes has a tentative agreement to purchase all 130 acres from a California company if his subdivision is a go.

Adding to the controversy is David Jenkins, who provided grand jury testimony against former Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly in an alleged bribery scheme. Jenkins got immunity in exchange.

As for former commissioner Kenerly, he is accused of taking a million-dollar bribe connected to a land deal with Jenkins. Kenerly has appealed the indictment. The Georgia Court of Appeals could decide the appeal later this year.

"I don't think that we the people in Gwinnett owe Mr. Jenkins any favors," Knapp said.

Knapp said his group collected 100 handwritten signatures and he claims to have an additional 750 online all opposing the development, all hoping their voices are heard.

Channel 2 Action News contacted David Jenkins, Rocklyn Homes and their consultant about the concerns. We did not hear back.

Kavanaugh spoke to the district's commissioner, Jace Brooks. He said he has been studying this for weeks. He stated very clearly “who” is behind a development cannot factor into a rezoning request.

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