County wary of PTC sewer extension

Tue, 09/09/2008 - 2:55pm
By: John Thompson

While not exactly thrilled with the prospects of Peachtree City’s sewer system adding another hookup in the county, the County Commission Wednesday said it would not fight the issue.

However, the commissioners made clear the integrity and density of the property be maintained. The property is located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Redwine Road.

The Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority is asking for an easement going through the shopping center in the county to eventually provide sewer service to the Starr’s Mill Professional Center, along with Meade Field and the county animal shelter.

Plantation Center at Starr’s Mill was rezoned in 2000 by the County Commission for commercial use.

According to a city memo, an official for the shopping center said it would not use the sewer access to achieve a greater density than what the county approved in its rezoning. Even without the sewer, the shopping center would be developed, but it would instead use a spray field sewage disposal system.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the commissioners wanted to make sure the density of the property was not compromised, and all buffers remained the same. But the county officials knew this was a very difficult issue.

“It’s a Catch-22 situation for us, because the city could easily annex the property,” said Chairman Jack Smith.

Commissioner Herb Frady said he didn’t have a problem with it.

“We’ve already allowed sewer in the county 10-15 times. I can’t oppose sewer very much. It’s zoning that creates a precedent,” he said.

Commissioner Eric Maxwell was not sure that it wasn’t Peachtree City’s first step towards putting more commercial on the site.

“That is a massive commercial area down there,” he said.

The County Commission agreed to forward their concerns to the Peachtree City Council for consideration.

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