Residents concerned about proposed subdivision

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Some Gwinnett County residents fear a proposed subdivision will clog an already congested area. The proposal on the table would create hundreds of new homes on 130 acres off Cruse Road north of Pleasant Hill Road.

There is also concern about who is behind the plan - a developer tied to a county bribery scandal.

"Our quality of life is in peril by having homes here, more homes than we really need," homeowner Marlin Knapp told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

Knapp says residents here say they had hoped for years the county would turn the land into a park. He says a 400-home subdivision is more than current infrastructure can support. Many neighbors agree.

"Sometimes I have to wait here 5 minutes before I can even get out into the streets," said homeowner Tom Frix.

"(It) would make it even more difficult having people trying to get in and out of neighborhoods," said resident Justin Bucicchia.

The 130 acre tract was once a technology test site. It's now owned by a private California company.

Duluth -based Rocklyn Homes has a tentative agreement to buy it, if the Gwinnett County Commision approves a request to rezone the land for the homes.

Rocklyn Homes is operated by controversial developer David Jenkins.

Jenkins provided grand jury testimony against former Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly in an alleged bribery scheme.

Jenkins got immunity in exchange.

The Rocklyn Homes proposal submitted to the county says there will be no adverse impact on the area. Some residents say it could create a positive shot in the arm.

"If it's going to better our community, keep the kids out of trouble, I'm down for it," said Latya Goodwin.

Still others say there are too many red flags.

"In my opinion, shady," Knapp said.

Kavanaugh reached out to Rocklyn Homes. No one had returned the call at the time this was published.

County officials told Channel 2 Action News they can only consider the merits of the proposal.

The planning commission will conduct a public hearing on the rezoning request Tuesday night.

Depending on the outcome it could move on to the county commissioners.

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.


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