Planning Commission denies commercial rezoning

Mon, 03/26/2007 - 10:49pm
By: John Thompson
(See video included) More than 200 jubilant residents paraded out of the Kedron Field House in Peachtree City Monday night after the Planning Commission unanimously denied a rezoning request that would have created one of the biggest shopping centers in Peachtree City. The development, slated for the intersection of Rockaway Road and Ga. Highway 74, would have featured a Lowe's, along with numerous other commercial sites that would have set nearly 300,000 sq.ft of commercial space at the doorstep of the Wilshire Estates subdivision. Attorney Rick Lindsey, who represented the developers, said the site was perfect for a commercial center and would feature several amenities to make it a perfect match for Peachtree City. But resident after resident walked to the podium and beseeched the Planning Commission to leave the zoning at General industrial. The Planning Commission agreed, but now the matter goes to the Peachtree City Council in April for a final vote. See the full story in Wednesday's Citizen. login to post comments

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Submitted by nomercy on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:07pm.

Here is how our county treats animals that they are suppose to be protecting........Animal Control placed wired traps in a local residence's out buildings to catch trespassing cats in this person(s) "space". This was done a week ago. Just in the last hour the animal control person inadvertantly showed up at the residence as they were passing by because they had not heard from the people that had demanded these traps be set. Well, they found a poor cat in one of these small wire cages screaming and going beserk. Seems the people in residence hadn't bothered to call animal control to let them know a cat was trapped. Animal control was heard in the neighborhood yelling at the resident(s) due to the fact that they weren't checking the traps to see if there was any poor animal caught in it. It was just being left there to starve and dehydrate until someone got around to doing their job. This is unacceptable and cruel. When one of the local residents called the animal control office to complain about it they were told that there were much worse things in this world to be worried about. How ridiculous! These people are supposed to be working in this area because they care about the animals! This is considered torture and someone should have to answer for this type treatment. No telling how many others are having to go through this or worse because of the idiots that don't care. They just don't want to be bothered by anyone or anything. I know this because these same people have tortured animals in the past all the while owning obnoxious dogs that do nothing but yap all the time. They get away with it though so as not to create trouble in the area, but they are always making up for that by causing problems any way they can. I know of a prize winning rooster that was shot full of buckshot because they didn't like him. Didn't matter that he kept all kinds of unwanted creatures out of the area. He survived it, but not without the pain and expense of veteranarian work. They also set out antifreeze to take care of any cats or others who would come over and partake. Wouldn't you love to live by people like this?! Miserable people try to ruin others lives', but killing defenseless animals is unacceptable. How dare the animal control be so careless as to place traps and not show up for a full week to see if anything is in them or not. And the person working in the office of animal control is so uncaring as to make stupid comments about whether there is anything wrong with this practice or not. Glad my home is for sale in this sad little county. I guess animal control is not aware of the surrounding areas that have gotten into great trouble for treating animals just like this. People watch your loved ones. They aren't safe here!!!

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:38pm.

I wouldn't do that. Not even set the traps.
However, I must say that you have NO right to release your cat to pester the neighborhood!
I don't quite know why cat owners think that at night there is no problem with straying cats.
If you do release them, then you must pay for scratched auto hoods, scratched out flowers, to clean up manure, and aggravating penned up dogs.
Also if they are killed then you must accept it.

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Submitted by nomercy on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 4:29pm.

The problem where cats are concerned is that by most rules they are outdoor animals. Some people don't wish to have them in the house 24/7 and the cats don't care to be in there all the time either. They just aren't made that way. I understand about the cars, etc., but to deliberately set traps and then just ignore them is outrageous. In people terms it is entrapment as they use table food to lure them into these dungeons then just leave them. You can't even do a wilderness animal like that. I have seen people's beloved animals caught in such as this just because of that fact. The animal wasn't bothering anyone, just being nosey as cats do. It just isn't right, but Fayette County has a very antiquated department in this area and it doesn't ever seem to update to modern age. I guess it goes without saying that they just can't get "good" help. No one who cares about a living thing would treat one like I described in the story.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 6:58pm.

Do you know how to create a paragraph? Your post was a bear to try to read.

It's amazing how you get bent out of shape about some stupid cat that needs to be euthanized. Why don't you raise the same holy heck when it comes to abused and molested children?

Save it lady. Your cat bothers me I'll take it out with a high powered pellet gun. Obey The Leash Laws. Problem solved.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 5:02pm.

Fayette County has a leash law for cats, too.
My cat has never had her feet on the ground. She is healthy, happy, and she doesn't bother my neighbors. Smiling

Submitted by johenry on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 11:47am.

Listen to bad-ptc! Harold Logsdon wants this passed in the worst way. Stay vocal and write the city council!

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 9:23pm.

Look for the Lawyer to win at the money round before the Council. And then it will be drinks around the horn at the Y-Knot. Life is good !

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 9:33pm.

The bad people always win, because the good people give up.

The good people always move instead of fight.

Anyone who works downtown would be better off moving to Cherokee County for the schools if they have kids. Since Fayette came in behind Cherokee it only makes sense. The commute time would be the same for someone working downtown.

Submitted by johenry on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 11:41am.

Listen to bad-ptc! Harold Logsdon wants this passed in the worst way. Stay vocal and write the city council!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 7:42am.

The speakers against the development came from all over PTC. There were folks from all four of the PTC villages requesting that the proposed rezoning be denied.

Although it effected the Wilshire folks directly, it was good to see that the "citizens of PTC" stood united against this type of development abuse.

Credit has to be given to "city staff" and the Planning Commission members, as they saw no benefit to PTC from this rezoning.

Of the five or six polls that were floating around 98% of the respondents expressed no desire for additional BIG BOX stores in PTC.

Now all that remains is to convince the PTC City Council that 98% of the taxpayers in PTC don't want this kind of thing.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 6:58pm.

I have been told that the Mayor and Council person Boone are voting yes on the Lowe's rezoning - mostly because it is Lowe's.
Obviously the ladies are voting no, so the swing vote is Stuart"Difficult last name" K.

I doubt he would support this, but that is where you should focus your anti-growth venom. He is the key vote. You are never going to change the Mayor's vote or his rubber stamp Boone.

Concentrate on the vote. Don't try to debate the merits or demerits of the issue. These people know more about it than you ever will. At this point merits do not matter - political pressure does. The 200 last night understand that on some level.

Focus on Stuart.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 7:32pm.

Your both dead.

Actually I thought Boone was an inflatable doll that got brought in just for the City Council meetings. The Mayor has some kind of foot peddle he presses when Boone needs to vote. The man doesn't even have a heartbeat.

From what I've been told the Mayor and Boone are "good ol drinking buddy's".

I will have to agree with you that Stuart "Difficult last name" K is most likely the swing vote here but I wouldn't bet a dime on any of them looking out for the city.

I must say that the developer chose well when they hired "land shark Lindsey" to represent them. If there's anyone that has dirt on anybody it would be him. I feel sure some of his money made it's way to the Mayors campaign.

The problem I have is that what's his name, Judi-ann Rutherford, is up for re-election. I can only guess how much money has been sent his way to date and by whom.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 8:53pm.

She was the only one in the whole bunch of the ...let's screw- over- the- tax -payer- tennis center- deal... that stood up to group of dumb and dumber,....and said that they wouldn't get paid this time unless we could prove the roof was fixed....which means it will have to rain before these wortheless tards get paid this time around....

Good job least one councilperson was thinking at this last miniute "emergency meeting".

This happened at the tennis center illegal... loan-that-the bank-should-have -been-made -to -eat-deal...meeting....the one that happened with short notice. She was the only one to stand up for what is right.....for that I thank her.

I was at that meeting, and it was the only positive thing that came out of that meeting.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 8:47am.

These developers who built these leaky and moldy buildings for us aren't about to fix them free!
If they do that, then they are admitting they are responsible and in a town with 200 suing for damage lawyers, you know what would happen to them. They didn't get rich being dumb, just selfish.

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Submitted by ptcgv on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:24am.

Nice to know that the entire city was interested - not just Wilshire residents.

Maybe we can all join arms in front of the bulldozers and stop the TDK extension next?

Just a thought.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 8:04am.

We need to keep the heat on our councilFOOLS. They could still take this matter into their crooked hands and make this happen.

We still all need to go to every council meeting so they can't slip this one by us. I wouldn't be surpised if they called an "emergency meeting" at 3pm on a weekday to pull this off.

We still need to e-mail them and let them know how we feel.

Good Job to everyone who showed up last night.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 8:34am.

will probably schedule this during Spring Break when most folks already have plans to be somewhere else.

Sykspy is correct that it will probably be a specially called meeting when nobodies around to object.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:01pm.

These meetings usually occur on fair normal schedules. I would think this will not pass muster of the Council. Now if Brown was voting, I have no idea how it would go. I've seen Brown cast the only vote to make more drastic changes to our Land Use plan than this proposal.

I will say though, that a certain former Mayor may be a wild card here. Aren't the owners of said site either the former Mayor from a few terms back or his family?

City Council meets on the first and third Thursday of the month.

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