Commission approves variances to Twelve Parks development

Thu, 06/19/2008 - 3:22pm
By: Ben Nelms

Pathway Communities said it wanted to make an adjustment to street frontage and lot width at the recently approved 694-home Twelve Parks development near Sharpsburg. Coweta commissioners agreed to the variances, voting unanimously June 17 to approve a minimum 60-foot street frontage and an average minimum of lot width of 70 feet.

The development is located on 455.04 acres in the vicinity of McIntosh Trail, Ga. Highway 54, North Road and Reese Road.

The variance requests included a reduction in the minimum street frontage from 70 feet to 60 feet and an average minimum lot width of 70 feet rather than the required lot width minimum of 70 feet.

Both variance requests were in line with the Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), said Director of Planning Robert Tolleson. A facet of the development plans includes the installation of rear alleys for garbage pick-up, along with narrower lots, which are features of neo-traditional neighborhoods that are characterized by greenspace, compact development and interconnectivity of homes.

Homes in the development are expected to range from the mid-$200,000s to nearly $400,000. Development plans call for 41 percent greenspace and includes parks, amenity areas and walking trails. Twelve Parks is designed for 1.85 units per developable acre.

A commercial component for future development includes a nearby 15-acre site and a seven-acre site.

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

A zoning request by Pathway Communities to have the property zoned RI-B (Single-family Residential Infill District-Medium Density) from RC (Rural Conservation) was approved by commissioners April 17.

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