A Bartow County developer, Dennis Graham of Graham Commercial Contractors, is seeking to build 519 single-family homes as Phase 2 of The Stiles community, which is nestled between Cartersville and Euharlee.
The project is the focus of a Development of Regional Impact review by planners at the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.
Richard Osborne, director of the Bartow County planning office, said the DRI review is expected to be complete in time for planning commission action on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. A recommendation will go to Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor at his 10 a.m. meeting Dec. 9.
Graham is seeking a higher density residential zoning designation for the 188 acre site on the northwest quadrant at the intersection of Harrison and Euharlee Roads.
The Stiles was envisioned back in 2016 as a 366 home community, which did not meet the threshold for consideration as a DRI that could affect nearby counties. Approximately two dozen homes have already been constructed off Harrison Road, northeast of Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in Euharlee.
The second phase of the project is slated to spread across seven land lots. In addition to the 519 homes, the new plan includes 60 senior housing units, 200,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 23 acres of greenspace and amenities.
The commercial space is expected to include an anchor-like grocery store along with other retailers and restaurants. The largest concentration of the commercial space is right at the intersection of Harrison and Euharlee roads.
Julianne Meadows, director of regional planning for the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, said one of the high impact aspects of the proposal will be its effect on traffic in the area.
Georgia DRI law was changed a few years ago and the regional commission no longer makes recommendations regarding projects. It still serves as a fact-finding agency that looks at the potential impacts of a development and makes its findings known to local officials.