Tyrone Planning endorses Hwy. 74 N Overlay District

Fri, 02/13/2009 - 4:21pm
By: Ben Nelms

Tyrone Planning Commission Thursday voted unanimously to recommend a plan proposed by Fayette County that would create two new business districts along Ga. Highway 74 North from Sandy Creek Road to the Fulton County line. The study that includes property situated both in the town and county will go to the town council next week.

The proposed overlay district would provide for a Business Technology Park (BTP) zoning district on the west side of the highway and a Special Development District (SDD) on the east side. Fayette County Planning & Zoning Director Pete Frisina addressing the commission in August noted that the property along Hwy. 74 North is a mix of parcels situated, sometimes alternately, in either Tyrone or unincorporated Fayette County.

The BTP zoning district situated on tracts north of Kirkley Road would encourage development consisting of high-tech scientific research and development, manufacturing, and professional offices with a limited amount of commercial space. A proposed inter-parcel road beginning at Kirkley Road and linking with Hwy. 74 near Fairburn city limits could be extended to intersect with Landrum Road a short distance away inside Fairburn.

Office development in the SDD on the immediate east side of Hwy. 74 includes narrow parcels approximately 800 feet deep that extend along approximately three-fourths of the frontage between Sandy Creek Road and Fairburn city limits. Incentives would be provided to assemble properties of a minimum of 10 acres with 600 feet of highway frontage. An extension of Fairburn’s service drive to the north could be installed to provide a connection to Milam Road.

During his August presentation in Frisina said that along with accommodating new business development, the proposal would limit curbs cuts on both sides of Hwy. 74, thus providing for vehicular traffic within the developments and helping manage the traffic flow along the busy corridor.

New commission member Judy Jefferson during the discussion said she wanted to make sure the town had sufficient involvement in the development of the overlay district. Town Manager Chris Venice essentially agreed, adding that both entities could either act independently or they could act in concert in developing the area.

“The county could do what they wanted on county land, but we have a good working relationship and they’ve gone to great lengths to get our input,” Venice said. “We’ve had this (proposal) for months and, frankly, we haven’t gone back to them.”

Weighing in on the issue, Chairman Gordon Shenkle in describing the future of the area as property that was destined for something other than residential use said the land is not going to remain residential or undeveloped.

“This is an effort to control what happens to this land,” he said.

During public comments resident Bobby Wiggins said he was saddened to see the proposed development of the property.

“I moved out here to the country 9 years ago and I hate that we can’t have the country anymore,” he said.

Also speaking during public comments was Environmental Institute of Georgia (EIOG) Chairman Connie Thomas Biemiller who said she heard about the proposal and was stunned, requesting that the town look at the larger picture that could include greenspace in the immediate area. EIOG two weeks ago was made trustee of a 310-acre nature preserve in the city of Fairburn that is situated immediately northwest of the business park property on the north side of Bohannon Road at Kirkley Road. Commissioners invited Biemiller to the next regular session so they could become more familiar with the various aspects of EIOG’s involvement in Fulton and Fayette counties.

Venice after the meeting said both the town and county would ultimately amend their comprehensive plans to include the land use and zoning changes.

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Submitted by mysteryman on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 11:04pm.

Tyrone is broke so how do they plan to finance this endeavour.. Plus last time tyrone tried to redevelope commercial real estate it failed, and the tract off Collinsworth is still vacant, and the corner of Tyrone rd. and 74 is only half occupied. Not a very good track record for new developement. Especially when the town hall wants to dictate to new bussiness how big their signs are and what they can and cannot do with their establishments, sounds like big brother to me. Anyhow im sure the town councils mouths are watering again over the potential tax revenue such a project would create, im sure the county side of the project will do well, however for the towns side, the cats out of the bag folks, everyone knows not to do bussiness in the town of Tyrone, only a fool would consider this.....PEACE....

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 7:29pm.

15 to 20 mins on a bad day to go from Parrots funeral home to Interstate 85.

Worse is that when you get to I 85...Oakley road is feeding in all kinds of traffic and you sit and sit and sit some more. I85 and I285 move much faster than 74. Are we going to make 74 into Ga 85 which is a hopeless mess?

Wasn't it Chris Venice that wanted cheap housing in Tyrone to get Fed grants? What an Einstein!

Somebody stop development before we are entombed by the developers.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 8:17pm.

Drive up there at rush hour like I did today. What a mess. The funeral home to my house in 20 minutes was a true pleasure.

Yes indeed Chris wants a grant. She doesn't care about "affordable" housing nor its impact. She only wants to say that she produced more revenue than her salary - good bureaucratic trick. One that Barry and Valerie could never get right.

Submitted by TyroneConfidential on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 6:24pm.

Regarding the proposed joint plans between Tyrone & Fayette County for a Business Technology Park along Hwy 74: The County will be successful and Tyrone will make a mess out of their part. When it involves Tyrone, there’s little difference between Barry Amos and Chris Venice. Both are Town Managers interested in State and Federal Grants with no concern about the effects on property owners and businesses.

Both governments talk about assembling tracts of land as though they owned the property. Now they could condemn the property for public use and pay the owners. The County might do this but Tyrone has a history of condemning property without paying the property owners. Tyrone will pass restrictive zoning on land use, setbacks and signs that will run off businesses. The County won’t be able to work with Tyrone because they have far more business intelligence than Tyrone’s officials. Money will be wasted on a joint road. You’ll have half of a business park in the County and a road to no where in Tyrone. Anyone who develops in the Tyrone part will have to charge higher rent than in the County part because the restrictive zoning will cost more to develop. The County part will fill up; the Tyrone part will drag because of lawsuits and have numerous undeveloped parcels. Besides, Tyrone has enough vacant and unfinished business parks to last a decade.

The attitudes of the two governments can be exemplified in a Feb. 4, 2009 letter written to me by Michael Pollard of the Fayette Dept of Fire & Emergency Services. It reads: “We would like to thank you for your expedient response in working with us”. When did Tyrone officials ever give a damn about working jointly with its citizens and property owners? They ignore all letters, requests and complaints. It would be so much better if Tyrone was governed by the County. Thank you Michael Pollard for taking time to be courteous.

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 10:12am.

of how good it really is. Having Family in Forsyth County near Hwy 9 and Post Road off McFarland/400, now they have traffic.

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