Fayette to revive TDK extension?

County may seek to condemn parcel despite easement offered by city

Peachtree City stands to lose its only control over the most controversial road project in city history, which was halted in 2007 over concerns that it would flood Ga. Highway 74 south with traffic from Coweta County.

The Citizen has learned that the Fayette County Commission is considering the extreme tactic of condemning a city-owned tract that directly abuts county-owned land containing the previously identified road path for the extension of TDK Boulevard into Coweta County.

The city and county have been in a protracted negotiation over an easement that would allow the county to build a road on the 1.7-acre city parcel, ostensibly to provide access to the amenities of Lake McIntosh. The parcel is south of the lake dam, and also is necessary to access Line Creek for environmental monitoring, county officials have contended.

The TDK extension would benefit a proposed 3,100-home Coweta County development that includes some 600,000 square feet of office and commercial space. The 1,500-acre project already has been rezoned for such a use by the Coweta County Commission, but the project has remained dormant since the road extension project was abandoned in 2007.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown claims that county officials have met with “representatives from real estate interests” in both Peachtree City and Coweta County but the meetings and information discussed were not disclosed to him.

Brown has presented a counter offer agreement to the city that, he says, would allow the county access to the lake dam and amenity areas while also giving assurances the “unwanted TDK extension project will not be revived through county possession of what is now city property.”

The county initially sought an easement for the city parcel so it could build a road for access to lake amenities and provide access to Line Creek for environmental monitoring, according to documents obtained by The Citizen under the Georgia Open Records Act.

The city has proposed an easement containing language that Fayette County would lose its access should it ever use the parcel to permit access to any location in Coweta County without the city’s permission. The county subsequently declined to enter into an agreement for such an easement.

The city tract borders county-owned property that previously was to have been the site of part of the TDK extension. Thus if the county acquires the city parcel outright in a condemnation proceeding, the county would have full reign over whether the TDK extension ever comes to fruition.

When the project was scuttled by the city in 2007, city officials worried that traffic from an approved mega-development in Coweta County would flood the intersection of Hwy. 74 South and TDK Boulevard/Crosstown Road. The traffic was to be significant enough that state transportation officials tried to force the city to build a new bridge over the CSX railroad that would have enough room to expand to four lanes in the future.

With the road extension, the proposed Coweta mega-development would have direct access to Ga. Highway 74 at the traffic light for TDK Boulevard/Crosstown Road.

And that is why Peachtree City officials have proposed an easement that includes a stipulation that it would be revoked should the county seek to provide any access to the site to any parcel in Coweta County without the city’s permission.

The tiny city-owned parcel in question abuts a county-owned tract that is right along Line Creek and is south of the dam that is being built for the Lake McIntosh reservoir, which is a project being built by the county for its water system.

In October of last year, county officials proposed a land swap with the city that would give the county an easement to access the city parcel, with language and restrictions so the property could never be accessed by property or vehicles coming from Coweta County. The catch is that the county planned to build a public road which would have provided access to two tracts owned by Pathway Communities, which has an interest in seeking the TDK extension happen.

That same public road would be used to access the county’s lakefront amenities on Lake McIntosh, according to an email from Don Comer, the attorney representing Fayette County in the property negotiations.

Since the road extension was shot down four years ago, the 1,500 acres has changed hands and is now owned by the Mormon Church. What hasn’t changed is the zoning for the property.

Brown, in an email exchange with fellow Commissioner Robert Horgan, suggested that the Mormon Church has requested that the TDK extension be built.

In that same email, Brown said the approved zoning for the Coweta project could threaten the retail economy of Peachtree City and drive down sales tax revenues.

If the county commission decides to pursue a condemnation of the city’s property, it will apparently be a bit of a surprise to the city. In an email obtained through the open records act, City Attorney Ted Meeker notes that in the last meeting between the city and the county, there was a decision to modify an easement proposal as an alternative to a land swap that had been proposed by the county.

Since that meeting, the only action on the matter was a phone call from County Attorney Scott Bennett a couple of weeks ago, according to Meeker’s email.

In a letter to Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, Commissioner Brown apologized “for the lack of genuine negotiation since the city last sent an amended draft of an intergovernmental agreement last year.”

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TDK extension

If TDK extension was a 4 lane directly to Hiway 16 (which one day will be a four lane from I85 to I75), The road would actually
decrease traffic through PTC. Trucks leaving the industrial park and cars would have an alternative route to get to the interstates
other then 74 and 54. The current plan is a nightmare for both Senoia and Sharpsburg because neither can handle traffic coming
From PTC if the road was built.

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Traffic

Did anyone stop to think it might take some of the traffic off of Hwy 54. Driving thru PTC in the afternoon has become a nightmare.

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PTC50, Well Yeah

I'm sure Pathways thought of all that traffic! That is why they want the Fayette County Board of Commissars to ram the road right into the heart of our fine and pristine city! It was defeated once and can be again! Super Steve and his new-found sidekick Suddenly Silent Don are on the job it seems! Munford will keep us appraised!

I fear for the Falcons' prospects in the playoffs!

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Clean The Shelves in 2012

Vote out Fayette Commissioners Frady, Horgan, and Hearn!

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Just stall, it will all go away

Very confusing article, but after 3 readings it appears the real story is Pathways is pushing for a larger road than is needed for the maintenance easement and is doing so through commissioners other than Brown. Therefore Brown is inserting himself into the situation by contacting Haddix - who is also outside the loop and that is how John Munford got the info to write the story.

So wait it out. 4 things that will be gone a year from now are Pathways, Horgan and the other 2 commissioners.

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Mudcat

Your analysis is spot on I dare say! Confusion article that you made sense of you did! Now, if you can splain this part about the Mormon Church, you will get another gold ninja star from yours truly!

Falcons crashed and burned, but still in the playoffs! Hopefully the Falcons beat the Bucs and the Packers beat the Lions next week. Otherwise, its back to NO and another smack down by Brees and Co.!

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Mormons own the property

I guess the guy that assembled that land years ago may have given it to the Mormon Church in his will or maybe the Church bought it from him or his estate or the bank. I don't see the Mormon Church developing a subdivision - zoning or no zoning. Maybe a retreat of some kind or a school/church campus.

I guess our city council is going to have to step up and get something done. Have a queasy feeling about Brown reaching out to Haddix, but we shall see. Of course they may both want to slap down Pathways and I think that is probably worthwhile. They are more of a threat than the Mormons.

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traffic

If this means that it might add additional traffic to Crosstown Road & Robinson Road, I'm against it. Each of these roads has an elementary school just up from Peachtree parkway and adding additional traffic is only going to make things worse for parents, commuters, and of course the rugrats. I need someone to pay for my social security so I'ma against anything that might bring harm to the little boogers.
People always joke about terrible drivers being from California are but it's clear they haven't driven here. With the golf carts and supposed laid back lifestyle, you would think your speed limits would be lower instead they are just the opposite.

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bigfoot and driving speeds.....

it can best be described as "on" and "off". ☺

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Not Again!

Seems to me that either Commissioner Brown is finally going to get what he originally desired as mayor, the TDK Extension, an accomplishment thought to be beyond his political acumen by this writer. On the other hand, it could prove once and for all just how ineffective and inept he actually is when dealing with the Commission Members as a whole.

This one will likely get delayed in litigation, and hopefully dropped by the Commission should Frady, Horgan, and Hearn not be reelected.

Anyone looking to be elected to the County Commission could carry a super majority of Peachtree City voters by simply running on a platform to defeat TDK once again.

Could this be our way of getting rid of Don Haddix?

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Mayor Haddix

You gonna let those county folk condemn city land to ramrod the TDK extension into our fair city? Time to rise up Mr. Mayor! Be a Falcon!

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Mayor Don,

Looks like it is time to get tough, using the law of course, but watch out for those emails, I say, I say, be careful of those emails! It appears to the carbonunit that the Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment (HR1306) would work in the city's behalf if anyone's.

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