SM Prof Ctr annex recommend

Thu, 10/26/2006 - 3:21pm
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Planning Commission has voted to recommend annexation of a 13-acre office project along Ga. Highway 74 between the southern city limits and Redwine Road.

Group VI is seeking the annexation for the Starr’s Mill Professional Center, which will consist of four buildings: two on either side of a wetland area. One of the buildings is already under construction; it will be 14,275 square feet.

The City Council is slated to consider the request at its Nov. 2 meeting.

City Planner David Rast has indicated the property will conform to the city’s development guidelines and regulations instead of the county’s.

Planning Commission member Patrick Staples said he wanted to make sure approving this annexation wouldn’t lock the city in to annexing other adjoining parcels.

City Planner David Rast responded that would not be the case since the city is not required by law to annex any parcels.

One of the buildings on the site overlooks Peeples Lake and the cart path for the property will run parallel to the highway.

Mike Amos of Group VI said the company looked at re-routing part of the cart path to the lake amenity but there wasn’t enough room to pull it off. Also, the company didn’t want to have traffic going on the lake’s earthen dam although it has been inspected and no problems were found.

Group VI initially wanted a limited use commercial zoning for the project but the Fayette County Commission indicated it would oppose any commercial use for the site. Ultimately Group VI decided to withdraw the commercial element making the entire project office in nature, with a specific focus on medical office space.

Rast indicated that there is no information yet on how much the project will “cost” the city although it is expected the main cost will be through production of fire, EMS and police services.

Assistant City Manager Colin Halterman noted that the sewer pipe that will be connected to the project is sized only for the Starr’s Mill Professional Complex and not for any future development that could occur.

Rast noted that part of the city’s office-institutional zoning allows for the creation of special conditions to be part of the zoning much like the limited use commercial zoning category, and those conditions would be in play for this request.

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