F’ville proposes annexing new Panera Bread site
Fayetteville is on track to welcome yet another restaurant near the Fayette Pavilion.
Panera Bread is planning to come to the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and Ellis Road. A representative of the company is requesting an annexation into Fayetteville of an adjacent lot located to the rear of the site.
The half-acre lot, currently in unincorporated Fayette County, is already zoned for commercial use. The city is asking for the annexation to correct an error, as the city’s zoning and future land use map both show the property as having been in the city limits “for many years,” according to city officials.
The annexation will be considered by the Fayette County Commission at its Thursday meeting at 3 p.m. The commission can choose to formally object to the annexation but has only a few specific grounds on which to do so.
The parcel in question is located at 104 Ellis Road and would be developed primarily for parking and storm water detention to serve the restaurant.
The parcel is owned currently by Mountain Holdings, LLC of Knoxville, Tenn.
In other business Wednesday, the commission is expected to consider filling a vacant position on the county’s three-person ethics board. The vacancy was created last month when board member Dan Langford resigned, in part at the request of several county commissioners.
Langford was criticized by some who claimed his current position as Brooks mayor might lead to some partiality in his decisions on the ethics board because of the contractual relationships Brooks has with county government.
It is possible the commission will choose to fill the vacant ethics board seat with one of the two ethics board alternates: Pota Coston, a retired IRS director and Larris Marks, the former director of human resources for the U.S. Army Forces Command.
The commission Wednesday also will hear details of the county’s audit for the 2012 fiscal year. The audit was performed by the firm of Nichols, Cauley and Associates, LLC.