Senoia hears plan for 88-acre residential and retail annexation on Hwy. 16

A proposal for the annexation of 88 acres along Ga. Highway 16 adjacent to Senoia’s west side has been sent to the Senoia Planning Commission for further study. The proposal calls for office/commercial and residential development on the north and south sides of the highway.

The annexation and conceptual land use proposal for the mixed-use Village West development was submitted by developer David Lindsey.

Parcel A, located on the north side of Hwy. 16, includes nearly 44.47 acres situated adjacent to the city limits. The rectangular-shaped property, with an north-south orientation, is surrounded by properties within Senoia, according to City Administrator Richard Ferry. The subject property is currently zoned RC (Rural Conservation) by Coweta County, Ferry said.

Proposed for Parcel A are 40 residential lots and, along the highway, one commercial lot and two office lots, Ferry said. The residential portion of Parcel A consists of more than 23 acres and 15 acres of open space. Ferry said the city’s Rural Conservation Subdivision ordinance allows 35 lots.

Parcel B, located on the south side of Hwy. 16, includes 44.14 acres. The property, essentially rectangular in shape with an east-west orientation and positioned perpendicular to Parcel A, has more than 3,100 feet of highway frontage.

The primary proposed use for Parcel B is commercial space, with a small amount of office space along with a nine residential lots on the west side of the property.

Ferry said the conceptual plan calls for three curb cuts for Parcel B and one curb cut for Parcel A. Any curb cuts would require approved from the Georgia Dept. of Transportation.

Prior to the council’s unanimous vote to send the proposal to the city’s Planning Commission, Ferry noted several provisions in the city’s 2006 annexation policy that will likely come into play with the annexation proposal.

Several provisions in the annexation policy support the Village West proposal. Those include policy provisions such as the property being located within a planned developed area on the Future Development Map, the ability of the city to provide city services, the ability of the development to have a positive financial impact and the ability of the annexation to round out existing peninsulas created by previous annexation.

Some provisions of the annexation policy do not support the proposal, said Ferry. Those include the provisions that annexations should contribute to services that are needed for development and that annexations should provide connectivity to other areas of the city. Neither of these policy provisions have been fully met, Ferry said.