Variance will allow covered porch that encroaches rear setback

A Peachtree City couple will be able to add a covered porch on top of their existing deck thanks to a variance approved by the city council last week.

The variance for Michael and Donna Regan will allow the porch to be built on top of an existing deck, which will result in a 7.6 foot encroachment into the required 30-foot rear building setback.

The home is in the Fishers Bank subdivision, and one of the swaying factors was that Mrs. Regan would not be able to enjoy the outdoors without the screened porch due to her allergy to bee and wasp stings. Read More»

PTC Planners to consider 54W RaceTrac Monday

Company removes red stripe from canopy at commission’s request

In its bid to win approval for a new convenience store/gas station on Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City, RaceTrac has removed a red stripe that was initially proposed for the canopy over the gas pumps. The change was one of several recommended by the city’s planning commission and subsequently adopted by RaceTrac. Read More»

Crane wins Seabaugh’s Senate seat in Coweta

District 28 Senator-elect Mike Crane.

The votes are in and Mike Crane has been elected to fill the Dist. 28 state Senate seat vacated by Mitch Seabaugh. Crane received 60.4 percent of the vote in defeating Duke Blackburn in the Dec. 6 runoff election.

Voters from Coweta, Carroll, Heard and Troup counties had their say, giving Crane 5,381 votes compared to 3,521 from Blackburn. That translates into a 60.4 percent approval for Crane and 39.6 percent for Blackburn. Read More»

Senoia reviews $2.3M budget

The Senoia City Council on Dec. 5 heard the first reading of the 2012 General Fund budget proposed to total $2.3 million. The proposed budget represents an increase of nearly $200,000 over 2011 but is also nearly $60,000 less than the projected costs through the completion of the fiscal year that ends Dec. 31. The budget is expected to be adopted on Dec. 19. Read More»

Westmoreland endorses Gingrich for GOP nomination

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. File photo.

Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a former Fayette County resident, has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president.

“Newt is a true conservative and a proven leader who has focused his campaign on the issues, presenting real solutions to the problems facing our country today,” Congressman Westmoreland said. “He is uniting conservatives across the country and I believe he is the best man to defeat President Obama. I’m proud to put my support behind Newt and look forward to helping him win back the White House.” Read More»

F’ville senior apartments on indefinite hold

Prospects have dimmed for the Lafayette Senior Village development on Lafayette Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 West in Fayetteville that was approved by the Fayetteville City Council in June.

The development has been put on hold after the project was not selected in the current round of funding. The senior residential living project was a federal tax credit-funded arrangement routed through the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) Read More»

Downtown gazebo named for Lane Brown

It was a way to honor a man with long-time contributions to Fayetteville. The City Council on Dec. 1 voted unanimously to name the gazebo adjacent to the county offices in downtown Fayetteville for the late Ernest Lane Brown, who passed away last month from complications from cancer.

Fayetteville Main Street Director Brian Wismer said having Brown’s name permanently affiliated with the gazebo provided a way to recognize his legacy. The request was made by Fayetteville Main Street and the Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority. Read More»

Economic Development Academy graduates

Economic Development Academy graduates

Fayette County graduates from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development took time for a quick photo after the completion of the recent 2011 Region Three Multi-Day Training Program.

Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, municipal and county staff, business leaders, educators and social service providers from nine counties in metro Atlanta. Read More»

DOT says OK to wider turn lanes at Grady/Hwy. 85S.

Outgoing councilmen say goodbye. Three members of the Fayetteville City Council conducted their last official meeting last Thursday. Al Hovey-King (center) did not run for reelection this year. Mayor Ken Steele (L) and Councilman Wilson Price were defeated in their reelection bids. Three new members will come on board in January. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It may have been a formality, but an agreement signed by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) means that construction on new turn lanes on the west side of Grady Avenue at Ga. Highway 85 South in Fayetteville could begin in January. And to make matters even better, DOT is increasing the amount it will fund for the project.

The new turn lanes were proposed by the city to accommodate the flow of traffic that has been enhanced with the completion earlier this year of the roundabout a couple of blocks to the west at Beauregard Boulevard. Read More»

PTC OKs relaxing tree permits

Will be OK to cut down larger trees

Starting Jan. 1, it will get a little bit easier for Peachtree City residents to remove a tree from their property.

The city will allow bigger trees to be cut down, up to six inches in diameter, so long as they are not in a protected stream, wetland buffer, watershed buffer or conservation easement. Residents will be able to discern such trees easily by getting a copy of their plat from city hall or their personal records.

The plat will be required as part of the submittal package for the tree removal permit. Read More»

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