Friday, December 14, 2001

Annexation, rezoning deferred

Developer wants 164 homes on 56 acres on Plantation Road


A proposed rezoning for 164 homes in Fairburn was deferred Monday after one City Council member complained about a lack of preparation time.

During Monday's work session, City Administrator Tony Cox outlined a proposal by the Hobgood estate to be annexed into the city and developed as a planned development. The 56-acre site is on Plantation Road.

Cox said the city approached the property owners about annexing into the city because the city needs a portion of the site for a sewer line easement.

Developer Bill Creel, who represents the family, agreed to the annexation and said the site could be developed with 164 homes.

But Councilman Harvey Melear said he could not vote on the issue.

"This is not right for the council. We basically have 20 minutes to decide on this," he said.

City Attorney Brad Sears said Melear could discuss it as long as he wanted to during the public hearing portion of the program, but Melear was not phased.

He asked the council to defer the matter until Dec. 19 and the rest of the council agreed.

During the hearing on the matter, Melear also asked why all the homes being built in Fairburn seem to be small, inexpensive "starter" homes.

The Hobgood property would feature 1,400-sq. ft. homes priced in the $120's and Melear said the town needs to do better.

"After folks are ready to move up to their next home, we basically tell them to move to Fayette or Coweta counties. I have a problem with that," he said.


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