August 21, 2012
Settlement Road Committee
Preliminary Research Report
On Thursday, August 9, 2012 the Vinings Village Homeowners Association sent an email to the residents of Vinings asking for participation in a survey regarding the pending rezoning application for Settlement Road. The survey represented the rezoning as an application to increase the density of the Settlement Road property from 25 homes to 45 homes. The property is currently zoned R-30 (25 homes), with application to be rezoned to R-20 OSC (45 homes).The estimate of current allowable density (25 homes) was based upon calculations conducted by the Settlement Road Committee which used R-30 density limits for the entire 24.43 buildable acres.
Of the 1034 E-Mails sent to Vinings Homeowners, Five hundred and one (501) were opened and Two hundred ninety-three (293) Vinings residents responded to the survey invitation.
Respondents live on a total of (67) different streets in Vinings, spanning almost all of the Vinings area. The largest representation of respondents (25) live on Polo Lane, followed by Orchard Knob (16), and North Elizabeth Lane (15).
The majority of respondents (64%) were between 50 and 70 years old.
Over half of the respondents (56%) have lived in Vinings for more than 15 years.
Respondents to the survey were overwhelmingly opposed to the current application to rezone the overall tract to R-20 OSC (45 homes).
- Seventy-two percent (72%) of respondents "strongly oppose" the rezoning.
- Eleven percent (11%) of respondents "somewhat oppose" the rezoning.
Several characteristics of the property and development were tested for acceptance by survey respondents;
- the location of the property relative to adjoining developed property,
- the location of the entrance/exit,
- the presence of areas of historical significance from the Civil War era,
- the gating of the community, and
- the lack of known plans for the undeveloped property adjacent to the area in question.
The characteristic which resulted in the greatest opposition was the location of the property relative to adjoining developed property (Rebel Valley View), which is also currently zoned R-30. The second most opposed characteristic was the lack of known plans for the undeveloped property adjacent to the area in question.
The characteristic which was least opposed was the gating of the community. The second least opposed characteristic was the presence of areas of historical significance from the Civil War era.