Fayetteville adopts revised land use map with newly annexed area

Fayetteville’s annual land use map adoption Aug. 15 included only one change from last year. But the change was huge. The new map includes nearly 1,200 recently-annexed acres on the city‘s west side.

A portion of the property is home to the large Pinewood Atlanta Studios project now under development.

Community Development Director Brian Wismer in a July 18 letter said the land use map had been amended to include the Aug. 1 annexation of 1,186 acres to the east, west and north of Piedmont Fayette Hospital located on Ga. Highway 54.

Wismer in the letter said the assigned uses in the land use map were based on the Business Park and low-density residential zoning classifications. Nearly half of the annexed property was zoned Planned Community District (PCD) and will include the Pinewood Atlanta Studios and affiliated properties along Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road north of the hospital. The remaining half of the annexed property, located largely east and west of the hospital, were zoned large-lot residential (R-70).

“Later this year, upon completion of the West Fayetteville Area land use/regulating plan currently in development, staff will present a revised map that will then align the two documents together,” Wismer said.

Though still in development by city staff and Peachtree City-based Historical Concepts, the conceptual vision lays out the designated development areas and a proposed street network in the each, and includes only a general conception of the types of development that might be situated on the properties.

T2 Rural areas would include sparsely settled land in open or cultivated states. These include woodland, agricultural land and grassland. Typical buildings would include 1- or 2-story farmhouses, agricultural buildings, cabins and villas.

T3 Sub-Urban areas would consist of low-density residential areas adjacent to higher zones that have some mixed use. Home occupations and outbuildings would allowed. Setbacks would be relatively deep while blocks might be large and roads irregular to accommodate natural conditions. Parks and greenways would be included in the T3 areas and building heights would include 1- or 2-story structures with some 3-story buildings.

T4 General Urban areas would consist of a mixed use of residential and office development with building heights of 1-4 stories. T4 could utilize a range of building types such as single-family homes, row houses and offices. Civic space in these areas would include squares and greenspaces.

T5 Urban Center areas, located adjacent to and immediately west of the hospital, would consist of higher density mixed-use buildings to accommodate retail, offices, row houses and apartments of 2-5 stories in height. This area would have a tight network of street and wide sidewalks. Civic spaces would include parks, plazas and squares.

The conceptual regulating plan announced in July showed much of the R-70-zoned acreage in the Hwy. 54 area designated as Lester Park, Crystal Lake Park, West Fayetteville and Rivers Park. Plans for those potential developments show a mix of “T2 Rural” space along with “T3 Sub-Urban,” “T4 General Urban” and “T5 Urban Center.”

Councilman Larry Dell at the meeting noted that the land use map is “conceptual and can be changed by the City Council.”

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