PTC takes another look at Hwy. 74 S. annexation

A decision on a proposed 77-acre annexation for south Peachtree City may come from the City Council Thursday night.

Southern Pines Plantation wants to create a 90-home subdivision with two office buildings fronting on Ga. Highway 74 just south of the Meade Field sports complex.

The matter was up for discussion at the Oct. 4 council meeting but a decision was postponed due to a myriad of questions that council wanted to be resolved: from the long-term cost of providing services to the subdivision to the impacts on schools and recreational programs.

Another question on the table is whether the annexation would have a negative impact on homes for sale in the same price range, around $350,000. Although the city’s planning commission narrowly recommended approval of the annexation on a 3-2 vote, the two dissenting members were concerned about the effect on the sale of existing homes.

The answers, which were being researched by city staff and expected in a memo to council Monday, were unavailable as of press time Tuesday afternoon.

The subdivision, called The Gates, would be served by an existing traffic light at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Redwine Road near the Starr’s Mill school campus.

The site, which is in unincorporated Fayette County, is currently zoned for a mix of commercial and office use at a size similar to The Avenue at Peachtree City shopping center, city officials have said.

The property is surrounded by the Meade Field recreation complex to the north and an office development across Ga. Highway 74 which are inside the city limits and also a day care center and a subdivision which are both part of the unincorporated county.

The development would be served by an extension of the city’s sewer lines and developer Southern Pines Plantation has committed to paying to attach the Meade Field restrooms to the sewer line and also build a cart path from the development through Meade Field.

SPP also has promised to keeping any sewer mains 201 feet away from its property line to give the city control over any potential future extension of the sewer system beyond the property. This is to counter a state regulation that requires a utility to provide sewer service if a new development is located within 200 feet of a sewer main.

SPP is also planning to “provide reasonable funding” for construction and maintenance of a gateway sign for the city.

SPP attorney David Kirk told council Oct. 4 that the anticipated traffic per day for the site was 1,100 trips compared to the predicted 12,700 trips per day that are anticipated if the property remains in the county as zoned for a 177,000 sq. ft. retail and office complex that is roughly the same size as The Avenue shopping center. However, the county-zoned site has remained undeveloped for more than a decade, indicating there may be little market interest in an unsewered location.

The office component of the plan is located closest to Ga. Highway 74 with two buildings of up to 10,000 sq. ft. each on either side of the access road leading back to the subdivision. The goal is for the office component to have some kind of medical use.

SPP is also committing to maintaining a 60-foot greenbelt and landscaped area along Hwy. 74 with a 50-foot greenbelt along the remainder of the property line.

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Peachtree City needs this

Peachtree City needs this neighborhood! Anyone wanting to build in PTC would have to be qualified for over $500,000. This will allow those in a lower price range the ability to build a quality home as well. I love PTC and plan to stay here and raise my family. That said, it'd be nice to have the option to build versus having to settle for an older home and remodeling it. PTC needs to offer home buyers in the range of $350,000-$400,000 the opportunity to build their dream home too. I grew up here. The older homes in that price range were "nice" then and for the most part still are, but now, as an adult, I would like to be able to have a nice new home. PTC needs to accommodate the changing needs and desires of those who grew up here. Ultimately, I'd love for my children to feel the same. Unless the city develops and grows with its people, those people may just go elsewhere to find something better. I hope planning and zoning welcomes The Gates with open arms. It's people surely will :)

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All the news that's fit to print - or not, from Thursday PM.

Scooped by the AJC, of all things. Citizen and FDN readers had to open up the Sat. AJC to see that city council voted to approve this thing. No details, but it appears they did pass the annexation 3-2 (what else).

Just guessing here, but it might be that the ladies and Erica are going to be the 3 yes votes and Josh Bloom and others are going to beat them upside the head about their campaign comments (comments, not promises, I must point out).

2 office buildings, 90 residential lots, sewer to Meade Field, 201 foot sewer buffer, a gateway sign, more sewer customers - what's not to like? Better than another Racetrack or an Industrial user. Good job council and planning commission - meaning the 3 of you on each who voted correctly - and of course the staff who structured the deal so we won't have any unpleasant surprises.

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Morgan Clown--- it's in the

Morgan Clown--- it's in the Citizen. Get off your butt and walk up the driveway. A little exercise would do you good. It's your buddies, Morgan, whose started this calvalcade of bureacracy.

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I'm a Clown because they deliver the Fri. paper on Sat at 11?

I have exercised plenty this AM and back from my 3rd trip out found the paper there at 11.Thank you very much.
Sure enough, there it is on page 1. Looks like all good news to me and a decision made in the best interests of PTC. Could care less why the mayor voted no, but I'm a little wary of George veering off onto non-issues like the school capacity and recession worries. Really, you just vote for or against based upon the merits of the plan and leave the social engineering to those of us not in elected office - and the marketing and banking decisions to the professionals in the private sector.

As stated before, the only good thing about this recession and the bank failures is that it is practically impossible for anyone to make bad decisions and overbuild like they did before. The banks are so uptight they will only make construction loans for new houses if they are presold and sometimes not even then. The $350k price range is very difficult right now because that price range is full of $500,000 houses (like mine) that have been moved into the $350k price range - hopefully temporarily. Nobody is going to buy a $350k house down there when they can buy a used one in some of the much nicer areas of Peachtree City. But, in a few years they can build them 2 or 3 at a time and all will be fine.

That being said, I'm really glad they annexed it and got what they wanted and removed the uncertainty about that end of town. That's what makes PTC great - knowing what is going to be built years ahead of time instead of getting blindsided by something. Good job council.

Back to the newspaper, it seems to me if they created an article for the print version that it would be a simple process to post that same article on the website. Maybe they just holding back so we have to read the print version for the benefit of their advertisers.

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Morgan must have an agenda

Morgan must certainly have an agenda. At the outset of this discussion, Morgan did not understand the difference between zoning and annexation. He was corrected.

Now he gleefully celebrates the annexation (undoubtedly by his "In Crowd" friends) and says as follows:

"That's what makes PTC great - knowing what is going to be built years ahead of time."

Wow, is that ignorant. You might as well annex the entire southside of Atlanta. Why stop here? Then give all of them sewer. Then watch the expenses go up. Then you can double the rates. Then we get more Lenox section 8 housing that we don't need.

Morgan, you need to sharpen the pencil a little bit more there.

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Forget $350k, $250 is the new normal - if we are lucky

Our average home sale price has been in the mid-$200's for a couple of years and maybe 20 or 25 sales per month. Unfortunately I just looked at September which showed 16 sales at and average of $191,000. I hope that is just a bump in the road instead of the beginning of a trend.

Even so, you are right about the $350,000 price range. We looked at a house in Southern Shore that was a Home Expo House with all the bells and whistles, close to the lake and it priced out at $369,000. Owners don't have to sell, so they won't, but what are buyers going to do - new house by the recycling center or used house near the lake for the same price. I hadn't been in Southern Shore for years and had forgotten how many nice homes were built there.

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The true "online" version of the paper

is available on the main page under the first ad on the right - it's called the digital edition

Usually it's available around 4:00am on the day it's distributed (Wednesday and Saturday).

It's got all of the ads, stories and classifieds the printed edition has.