Twelve Parks development gets approval

Thu, 04/24/2008 - 3:07pm
By: Ben Nelms

It was over before it ever started. A brief discussion by Coweta County commissioners April 17 ended in a 3-1 vote to approve a zoning request from Pathway Communities for the massive Twelve Parks development in east Coweta.

The 450.86-acre site at Ga. Highway 54, McIntosh Trail, Reese Road and North Road Rural had been zoned Conservation (RC). Commissioners’ approved changed the zoning to Single Family Residential Infill District-Medium Density (RI-B), setting the stage for construction of 694 single-family homes expected to range from the mid-$200,000s to nearly $400,000.

The 3-1 vote came with Commissioner Leigh Schlumper casting the opposing vote, saying that Pathway should be required to pay the entire price of a new fire truck rather than only half of it. Referencing the issue, County Manager Theron Gay said Pathway had agreed to provide $500,000 over five years, in $100,000 increments, for public safety use and, by 2010, would provide another $100,000 for the alignment of McIntosh Trail and Reese Road.

Development plans call for 41 percent greenspace and includes parks, amenity areas and walking trails.

The Twelve Parks is designed for 1.85 units per developable acre. A commercial component for future development includes a 15-acre site and a seven-acre site.

The Coweta County Water & Sewerage Authority would provide water and on-site wastewater treatment ownership and management, according to the proposal. The traffic impact to the area is projected to 6,000-7,000 vehicle trips per day.

An April 10 sparsely attended public hearing on the proposal had only three comments from residents. All expressed their support for the project.

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