PTC must guard Line Creek Nature Area

Tue, 06/03/2008 - 4:12pm
By: Letters to the ...

Firstly, a big thank you to Mr. Haddix and Mr. Sturbaum for doing your homework and clarifying for us all in last week’s Citizen why we should say NO to a big box permit for the Line Creek Shopping Center.
There are so many reasons NOT to allow this to happen, too many to list again in this letter. Hopefully, you all are aware of the negative issues Mr. Haddix raised.
Let me add my two cents worth. I understand the developer is requesting to purchase more of the Line Creek Nature area to accommodate his big box development.
As a resident of Peachtree City for 20 years, my family, friends and I have enjoyed hiking in that area for a very long time. In our fast-paced world, it has always been a treat to venture over there for a walk on the wild side, enjoy nature and slow down.
“Progress” has prevailed and the trees are coming down all along our much-walked trail, making way for the flow of water that will spill into the future lake that will provide water for our growing population. I am not sure exactly what the future holds for the area, [although] someone said there will be golf cart paths through there one day. I sure hope not.
Now I am not one to delve into politics or policies, but I took a quick peek at the Peachtree City Code of Ordinances. Article V11 Sec. 702, “Protecting the Natural Environment” caught my interest.
If you read it, you will ask yourself, is this development compatible with the existing environment? No.
Should we conserve and protect a very important natural resource, an area with native flora, fauna, trees, wildlife habitats, creek and pond? Yes.
And what about Sec. 109, “Wetland Protection”? Is the pond and creek an indispensable and fragile natural resource?
Yes, the pond and area is already negatively impacted by this development.
We are losing our wild spaces at an alarming rate in this country and around the globe. Let’s set an example right here in Peachtree City and preserve what little we have.
If it was up to me, I would vote a resounding NO to the big box developments. It is, however, up to you mayor and council members. Please say NO and set a precedent for current and future developers in Peachtree City.
Jacque Solsvig
Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Arf on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 11:54am.

Not many have mentioned the wonderful Line Creek nature area that is being depleted by this development. I have lived in Peachtree City for 22 years and my family and I have frequently enjoyed this hidden and relatively unknown oasis of our town. In the past it has been relaxing and invigorating to visit and sit on the rocks in the creek or wander through the trails. Line Creek offered a peaceful respite for a Sunday afternoon picnic, quiet, undisturbed and away from it all. Sadly, Peachtree City has shown no regard for its natural amenities over the past few years. I remember when retail and restaurants didn’t want to come here because there was apparently nothing here. Most of the homes and businesses were tucked away behind the trees. Today, most of the trees along highway 74 are gone, replaced by an ugly, ugly concrete barrier. Highway 54 is nothing but stores, shops and office buildings almost all the way up and down. Huddleston Pond, once a fine recreational area has been torn apart and ruined, and much of the other natural environment that we have enjoyed has been torn down, covered over and built upon. Unfortunately, Line Creek has not been spared either.

I guess that we no longer live in a Democratic, majority-rules society because no matter how large, no matter how loud and no matter how voluminous the voice(s) of the citizens of Peachtree City have been, its all fallen on very deaf ears. The Line Creek shopping center is only one of the atrocities that has been foisted upon us. There is no reasonable argument why this development will benefit this community, and the nature area is just another one of the arguments of why it doesn’t. We don’t need the shops, we don’t need the traffic, and we don’t need the attractions to bring the world more and more to our doorstep. And we certainly don’t need another traffic light in that section of highway 54. But…all of these comments are for naught because it will just continue to go on and on and on. There have been those who comment that we quiet citizens just sit back and continue to let it all happen. What more can we do than voice our objections?

I happen to live in this area. In the past I’ve enjoyed the deer and other wildlife that often come up to the area of my backyard. Lately, they’ve moved tentatively to the front yard and I saw a deer the other day walking up the cart path. They are trying to get away from all of the insane development around this ½ mile stretch, but more and more, they have nowhere else to go. Just “pave paradise and put up a parking lot.” Some lessons we never learn.

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