F’ville Council to adopt new sewer hookup rates

The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday is expected to approve sewer proportionate share rates for the new sewer lines being installed on the city’s west side to serve Pinewood Atlanta Studios and future projects included in the recent 1,200-acre annexation.

“This is Phase I of the sewer master plan to provide sewer capacity to the west Fayetteville area,” Fayetteville Public Services Director Chris Hindman said recently.

A sewer proportionate fee is the amount paid by a developer or property owner to offset the cost of establishing or upgrading sewer infrastructure. In this unique case, the fees will be used pay back the city for extending the service to those properties, Hindman said.

Hindman said factors, demand use and formulas have all been updated to reflect the city’s new sewer proportionate share fees, adding that the fees will only affect the areas listed in the demand use schedule for this portion of the west side area.

This share will cover only the cost of Phase 1 sewer extension. Future expansions within the 1,200 acres will be paid by the developer or property owner.

The new schedule totals $1.7 million. The City Council on Sept. 5 unanimously approved a $1.6 million sewer extension bid.

Fayetteville recently annexed approximately 1,200 acres on the city’s west side, with nearly all the acreage existing north of Ga. Highway 54 West from Tyrone Road on the west to east of Sandy Creek Road to the east and to the Veterans Parkway/Sandy Creek Road area to the north.

Construction at Pinewood Atlanta Studios is underway with a planned opening in January. Tied to the development is the installation by Fayetteville of the section of sewer lines to serve Pinewood and other related projects, such as the former Rivers Elementary School, expected in the area of Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road.

Phase I consists of construction a new pump station, installing approximately 4,400 linear feet for 12 gravity sewer lines, 19 manholes and approximately 3,000 linear feet of force main, Hindman said.

Though extending sewer lines to the entire 1,200-acre area was discussed at the City Council retreat in the spring, council members decided to opt for installing sewer service to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios area, the first of the numerous developments that are expected to populate the annexed area in the coming years.