Annexation request looks like a winner

Tue, 09/16/2008 - 4:09pm
By: Ben Nelms

It should be smooth sailing for an annexation and rezoning request by Piedmont Fayette Hospital to include 17.85 acres north of the hospital for future use as a day care center, parking spaces and for stormwater detention.

Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners had few questions at the Sept. 9 work session and are expected to vote on the measure Sept. 23.

The undeveloped property in question is situated behind the hospital and abuts Sandy Creek Road on the east.

Responding to questions from commissioners, Piedmont Fayette’s Tracy Cofer said the hospital’s only plans for the undeveloped acreage was for future use as a day care center on the west side of the annexed area and for future expansion of the number of parking spaces directly behind the hospital. Stormwater detention would be located on the east side of the annexed property near Sandy Creek Road.

Commissioner Bill Talley said annexing all three parcels included in the 17.85-acre request was a good idea rather than waiting until the area is surrounded by residential.

Commissioner Allen Feldman agreed, saying he saw the logic in the request, but noted that the city usually requires a specific use attached to proposals for annexations and rezonings.

Cofer responded, saying the hospital’s future plans only include the day care center and parking.

“We’ve been before you many times and we haven’t stretched the truth yet,” Cofer said.

The request will be up for a vote Sept. 23.

An area of more than 2,000 acres to the north and west of the hospital is the subject of the Highway 54 Task Force whose members include the city and county, property owners, the hospital and school board. The large area is expected to be a future site for residential development with the additional expectation that the area west of the hospital will be annexed into the city.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 9:31am.

We don't have the water for the current residents let alone more. That is unless this water shortage is nothing but a hoax.
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Submitted by Okie on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 9:52am.

They ran water down Sandy Creek to the new elementary school, so, all that property across the street will have access to city water too. I'm just hoping my well doesn't get contaminated with all the septic waste from the school. They've got to have a big septic system. I was told, don't know if it's accurate or not, that Sun City was going to buy the land across the street from the school, but they got turned down for sewer service. Don't they do 55 and up communities? If they just have to put houses on it, I would rather the lots be big...BIG! Not just one acre...BIG! More like 2 to 5 acres.

Submitted by Okie on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 9:05am.

So, 2000 acres for residential. So much for the West Fayette Bypass needed to alleviate traffic. Sounds like the plan is to make even more traffic! Is there more to the story?? I can tell you, I don't think anyone at the meeting regarding the Bypass had a kind word to say. I'm sure all their ears were burning! One man was really giving them an ear full!! Is there something wrong with driving down the road and looking at a field or trees. I know they are getting hard to find. They do exist....too bad they are also included in their future development area. Does the city or county ever think about making a recreation area, instead of houses. Maybe a place with walking trails, so people can get out and look at nature with no asphalt or concrete! Right now people come to our road to jog, because it's not paved yet. Dogs lay in the middle of the road, people walk with their kids and dogs. Very laid back. Hardly any traffic. Come next fall, that will all be over with. Someone created the traffic problem in Fayetteville, now they are pushing it off on the people who live outside the city. So much for ranting, it's already a done deal. All they did was show us what their plans are.

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