An update on current and future projects.
During a recent Downtown Buzz networking event, Woodstock Community Development Director Brantley Day gave an update on development within the 12-square-mile city of Woodstock. Here’s a recap of his presentation.
Community development production in 2016
• $200 million in commercial and residential projects.
• 4,407 total permits issued.
• 332 single-family permits issued.
• 16 new commercial projects started.
• 272,701 square feet of new commercial space.
• 10,135 inspections performed.
• 309 new businesses licensed.
• 26 public hearing cases processed.
• Carriage Kia, completed.
• Holiday Inn Express on Woodstock Parkway, 81 rooms.
• Fairfield Inn & Suites on Parkway 575 across from the Hampton Inn, 85 rooms.
• Space Shop Self Storage on Highway 92.
Most asked about
1. Ridgewalk Holdings/Costco. The project, which has gone through the plan review, will include 330,000 square feet of retail and 35,000 square feet of office and residential components. Anticipated opening date for Costco is mid-2018 — Costco’s goal is Memorial Day weekend.
2. Krispy Kreme at 9420 Highway 92, next to Ruby Tuesday, should open in late 2017 or early 2018. The driveways will connect, so guests can enter and exit at the light.
2016 business licenses
332 new businesses out of the 2,300-2,600 licenses granted; 60 percent of those are home-based businesses.
Single-family home permits
Over the past six years, the highest was 386 permits in 2015, followed by 332 in 2016. So far this year, 148 permits have been given.
Since the first quarter of 2011, 1,794 single-family residential units have been built. Currently, 991 single-family residential lots are zoned, ready and available. In addition, 18 subdivisions were started, with more on the way.
2017 residential projects to date
• South on Main, 575 units. The Noonday Creek trail will connect to Main Street through this neighborhood.
• Inwood, 74 units.
• Woodstock City Homes, 19.
• Highland Park, 23 units.
• 28 & Mill, 28 units. Developments that began in 2017
• Haddonstone, a Lennar development across from the Ford dealership on Woodstock Parkway, 150 units.
• Meritage Homes community on Gunnin/Neese roads, 128 units.
• Towne West on Putnam Ford Road at Eagle Drive.
• Rusk Street Homes, seven units.
• Windsong at Linton, 12 units.
2018 comprehensive plan
The project manager is Katie O’Connor, Woodstock’s senior city planner. To develop this plan, a series of community meetings will be held at the Chambers at City Center on the following dates:
• 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19
• 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15, 2018
• 6-8 p.m. April 12, 2018
Greenprints Trail update
The city has put in a request for funding to connect the Greenprints Trail to Cobb County, and will find out later this year if it’s been approved. The first leg will connect to Noonday Creek on Shallowford Road, and Cobb County will pick up the portion that connects to the Bells Ferry Trailhead. Day believes it’s possible eventually to connect to the Silver Comet Trail from Cherokee County.
If you’re a local business owner, you may want to check out the Buzz — the networking arm of Main Street Woodstock, which meets at 8 a.m. on the last Friday of each month at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. Memberships are available; for more information, visit