F’ville OKs 9-acre annexation on Sandy Creek Rd.

There was a time when nearly any annexation request would generate plenty of questions and comments. But compared to the 1,200 acres recently annexed into Fayetteville, the Oct. 3 approval to annex nine acres on Sandy Creek Road across from Piedmont Fayette Hospital came with little fanfare.

Owned by Sandy Creek Village, LLC, the nine-acre parcel is situated across the road from Piedmont Fayette Hospital and is contiguous to the recently annexed Williams property that totals 150 acres. The request sought to have the property receive the equivalent zoning to the Office-Institutional zoning it carried in the unincorporated county.

“The owner states that although they have no current development plans, the reason for seeking annexation is that they would like to have the opportunity to tie in to the city’s sewer system. Due to the city’s recent announcement of a sewer line installation which will locate in relatively close proximity to the applicant’s property, this is now a more realistic scenario for the owner,” Fayetteville Director of Community Development Brian Wismer said in a Sept. 6 letter.

Wismer said the property would be subject to the same conditions placed on the other recently-annexed properties on Fayetteville’s west side.

“Some of these conditions (for the 9-acre parcel) include sewer easements, cost recovery for city investments in sewer and land planning and an agreement that all future development will be done in accordance with the city’s master plan currently being developed for the West Fayetteville area. These conditions are included in the annexation and zoning ordinances,” said Wismer.

In recommending the annexation, Wismer said it would benefit the current master planning efforts in the West Fayetteville area, will ensure that the same zoning conditions and architectural standards will be met and will help to create the consistent development patterns that both the city and county desire.

Fayetteville recently completed the annexation of 1,200 acres north, east and west of the hospital. A significant portion of the acreage is home to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project now under construction.