Fayette Commission, F’ville Council to hold joint annexation workshop Tuesday
It’s being called a workshop, but the joint meeting at 5:30 this Tuesday afternoon is all about lights, cameras and interlocking governmental action to be taken by the Fayetteville City Council and the Fayette County Commission.
With the massive annexation of hundreds of acres of mostly undeveloped rural land in the middle of the county as close to a done deal as such requests can get, the two governing boards are meeting to get their respective ducks in a public row and to put a cooperative face on the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project.
While projected to bring potentially thousands of jobs connected with the nuts and bolts of producing movies and television shows into Fayette County, the studio has some large coattails not directly associated with movies or TV. (Earlier stories are here, here and here.)
In addition to the 289 acres associated with the studio complex itself on Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway, owners of another 170 acres are asking for Planned Community Development (PCD) zoning.
The others properties requesting PCD zoning include the the 97-acre parcel directly to the south owned by Shirley Adams Horton, the 28-acre parcel that includes the former Rivers Elementary School soon to be purchased by Rivers Rock/Pinewood for use as an educational component by the studio and the adjacent 44-acre property owned by Rivers Rock/Pinewood. Those properties total 459 acres.
But an even larger component of the annexation is at least initially slated for residential (R-70) city zoning, an aspect that has begun to create some uncertainty among neighbors about future plans for the large parcels not owned by the developers or Pinewood Studios.
The remaining properties with multiple owners and totaling 727 acres are situated to the east, southeast and southwest of the Pinewood area and are currently mapped for R-70 zoning with no immediate plans for development.
Those properties include parcels along Ga. Highway 54 extending from east of Sandy Creek Road to Tyrone Road and along both sides of Veterans Parkway from Hwy. 54 to Sandy Creek Road.
The joint meeting agenda below indicates that the public may get a more detailed view of what will happen not just to the movie studio project but also to the hundreds of acres of adjacent parcels that will be coming into the city.
Here’s that agenda:
City of Fayetteville/Fayette County Called Work Session
Fayette County Commission Chambers
West Fayetteville/Pinewood Atlanta Annexations
July 9, 2013
1. Call to Order — Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown
2. Opening Comments — Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown and Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton
3. History and Overview of West Fayetteville Area — Matt Forshee, President and CEO, Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA)
4. West Fayetteville Master Plan Update — Aaron Daily, Historical Concepts
5. Annexation Process Update and Overview of Intergovernmental Agreement Between City of Fayetteville and Fayette County — Brian Wismer, Fayetteville Director of Community Development and Pete Frisina, Fayette County Director of Planning and Zoning
6. Public Comments
7. Closing Comments — Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown and Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton