Pathway’s new development clears first hurdle

Tue, 02/26/2008 - 4:45pm
By: Ben Nelms

The first of several hurdles involved in establishing Pathway Communities Twelve Parks mixed-use master planned community in east Coweta County was jumped Feb. 19 as county commissioners approved a request by Coweta Water and Sewer Authority to provide those services to the proposed development near Sharpsburg.

The site is within five miles of Peachtree City’s western border at Line Creek and Ga. Highway 54.

Commissioner’s approval to allow the Water and Sewer Authority to agree to provide service to the development is a condition that precedes any request or subsequent action for rezoning under the Residential In-fill District zoning category, a stipulation for which Commissioner Paul Poole and Commissioner Leigh Schlumper asked and received clarification.

The rezoning and development approval process will come before the commission as the project unfolds, said county attorney Jerry Ann Conner.

The community is projected to have approximately 694 single-family homes, according to Pathway Vice President for Marketing Phil Corley. Homes will range in style from turn-of-the-century to traditional and are anticipated to be priced from the mid-$200,000 to nearly $400,000.

Approximately 268 acres is proposed for residential development with remaining 123 acres for use as greenspace. Future plans include a 15-acre commercial center and a seven-acre commercial tract.

Named for the 12 community parks within the proposed development, Pathway’s Twelve Parks mixed-use master planned community sits on 491 acres along McIntosh Trail, Reese Road and Hwy. 54 and will be within walking distance to Old Town Sharpsburg, Corley said .

Specific to the water and sewer infrastructure issue, Pathway is proposing to establish a water re-use program through an on-site wastewater treatment plant that will treat 100 percent of the community’s wastewater to a treatment level classified by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) as Urban Re-use near-drinking quality, suitable for irrigation.

Corley said the environmental benefits of this proposed system are twofold. First, during summer months, the re-use quality water will be distributed throughout the community through a “Purple Pipe” system to irrigate all common areas as well as residential yards and landscaping.

This allows Twelve Parks to substitute re-use water for potable water in all irrigation areas, reducing demands on natural resources and county infrastructure as well as providing Twelve Parks residents the ability to irrigate at a significantly reduced cost, he said.

The second benefit occurs during winter months when the re-use quality water will be used to re-charge groundwater and streams to help mitigate the effects of the current drought, said Corley.

Pathway’s initial efforts to have the project site rezoned will be the subject of an April 10 public hearing.

Pathway — formerly known as Peachtree City Development Corp. — was the major developer of Peachtree City beginning in the late 1970s.

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