PTC to vote on unplanned annexation for West Village

Wed, 11/05/2008 - 11:25am
By: John Munford

Peachtree City officials Thursday night will consider adding a 35-acre parcel to its northern city limits off Ga. Highway 74 near Old Senoia Road.

The parcel is surrounded by two other large parcels that were annexed into the city last year.

The annexation request is the first in at least a quarter-century in Peachtree City in which no development plans were attached to the property. If approved, the parcel would be zoned under a holding category that would most likely be changed in a future rezoning.

A separate request from John Wieland Homes to rezone an 89-acre tract from industrial to residential use off Ga. Highway 74 and south Kedron Drive is expected to be tabled because a recommendation from the planning commission is still pending.

The annexation proposal from Scarbrough and Rolader Development, which does not own the property, is to have the land zoned agriculture-reserve under the city’s zoning. Currently the land is zoned agricultural residential by the county, which calls for minimum lot sizes of five acres.

By contrast, the city’s agriculture-reserve zoning allows minimum lot sizes of one acre.

City Planner David Rast has said the land should remain zoned under the city’s Agriculture Reserve designation until there is a plan for the property. He added that the property would be designated for low density residential use under the city’s land use plan.

The city’s planning commission previously voted 3-0 to recommend the annexation despite the lack of a detailed future development plan. Several residents spoke out against the rezoning, saying it didn’t make sense to annex property without there being a specific plan for it.

But one planner theorized that under the city’s AR designation a rezoning would be required under which the city could control the specific development of the property.

One condition of the approval requires the landowners, developers or prospective purchasers to meet with city staff and the planning commission before any development plans are submitted “to determine if the proposed use is compatible with the surrounding development or future plans for Wilksmoor Village.”

City staff recommended approval of the annexation, in part because it would remove the unincorporated island that was created by last year’s annexations.

The site is actually four different parcels grouped together, the most noteworthy being the home of the Wilks Grove Baptist Church, which includes a cemetery. Some 26 of the 35 acres is currently undeveloped.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 7:08am.

Or Steve Brown or Bob Lenox or anybody that respects our PLANNED Community.

You don't annex land for someone that doesn't even own it no matter how cozy you are with applicant. The city has a long history of good planning which was mostly the developer's doing, but in the middle of Fred Brown's term in the 1980's the city gradually took over the function and demonstrated an adherence to the land use plan that made this city the envy of other governments who did not have even a fraction of the control PTC did.

Now you annex without a plan? Are you completely nuts? Get back to reality and send these people back to craft a plan that you can live with.

Have you ever thought about what happens when you annex the land for the real landowner and then Rolader backs out - as he does frequently? What you have done is given an anonymous landowner (and possibly his heirs) a free ride into the city without restrictions. You people at city hall have completely lost it. Get some common sense and follow the rules and precedents of our planning process.

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