Planners to take second look at Hwy. 74S annexing

A proposal to annex a 77-acre lot to build a 90-home subdivision and two office buildings will be up for discussion at a special called meeting of the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night (Sept. 24).

The parcel, currently a part of unincorporated Fayette County is located on Ga. Highway 74 south at the intersection with Redwine Road, directly adjacent to the Meade sports fields.

The commission is charged with making a recommendation on the proposal, as the final say on the annexation rests with the City Council.

The commission tabled its vote earlier this month, citing a need for more information from the developer, Southern Pines Plantation.

The property is currently zoned by Fayette County for a mix of of office and commercial uses totaling over 175,000 sq. ft.

SPP wants the annexation in part to allow access to the city’s sewer system. SPP has proposed developing a 200-foot buffer around the entire property line to prevent the sewer from being accessed by existing and future developments to the south via a state law that requires sewer systems to link to new developments built within that distance of a given sewer line.

SPP wants to build a road to link with the current traffic light at Redwine Road, featuring two medical-type office buildings on either side in addition to up to 90 homes.

The site is bordered on one side by the Meade recreation complex and on the other by Starr’s Mill Academy day care center and the Brechin Park subdivision, both of which are located in unincorporated Fayette County.

SPP is proposing for the homes to be priced in the $350,000 range with no mass grading in an effort to preserve vegetation on individual lots.

SPP is working on building a cart path connection to a new tunnel underneath the highway that is near the RiteAid store. Commissioners also expressed concern about the handling of an at-grade cart crossing across Rockaway Road.

On the site plan for the property, SPP included several “pocket parks” that were subsequently removed from the plan after a planning commissioner noted their location was poor. A representative for SPP said the pocket parks would be added back to the plan.

Several commissioners at the Sept. 10 meeting were adamant about locking SPP in to a certain funding amount for linking to a nearby path tunnel underneath Ga. Highway 74, for a city “gateway” sign along the highway and perhaps the construction of restrooms at the adjacent Meade Field park.

Robert W. Morgan
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They approved this 4 days ago. 3-2 vote at planning comm.

Although you wouldn't know it from this website. It is in the printed paper, however.

And more insight into how public officials minds work - a quote from the Munford article "The two planning commissioners who voted against the annexation, David Conner and Frank Destadio, said they were concerned about the potential negative effect the subdivision would have on sales of existing homes in the city that are the same price range"

Newsflash guys, free market and supply and demand are the overriding concepts we live by around here. We don't need government for economic engineering anymore than we need it for social engineering. Stick to your role as planning commission and confine your comments to the good and bad points of the plan. You will recall that it was our esteemed mayor running his mouth with similar comments that invited yet another lawsuit that was forcibly settled with Norsouth Partners getting some section 8 for seniors project approved in Kedron Village.

That being said, approving it was the right move. City council has final say and they of course will do the opposite of whatever Haddix wants. If it does get approved, watch carefully how they handle the sewer. I'm afraid it will be amateur hour, but let's hope something reasonable emerges from them.

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