New RaceTrac gas station argues with commission about roof shape

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 3:53pm
By: John Munford

A question about roof architecture will be discussed by the Fayette County Commission at its workshop meeting this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

The proposed roof in question is for a RaceTrac gas station that is planned for the southwest corner of Ga. Highway 85 South and Ramah Road just outside the Fayetteville city limits. The gas station would be located across Ramah Road from the Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The 2.27 acre site is zoned for commercial (highway) use.

RaceTrac wants to have a mansard style roof as its canopy over the gasoline pumps, while the county’s overlay district in the area requires a pitched peak roof. Representatives for RaceTrac have argued to the county’s planning commission that the pitched peak roof would “dominate” the intersection from an architectural standpoint by reaching a height of 31 or 32 feet as opposed to the height of a mansard roof being 18 to 19 feet.

The planning commission May 18 voted unanimously to deny RaceTrac’s variance request for the roof.

According to minutes of the meeting, RaceTrac attorney Rick Lindsey of Peachtree City has said the gas station would have a brick and stucco facade with architectural features such as shutters.

At today’s meeting, county staff will ask the commission whether it should review the county’s ordinances and regulations relating to the size and pitch of roofs on gasoline canopies and non-residential structures.

If so, staff is suggesting the ordinances be reviewed with input from the public and also the planning commission, with any potential amendments brought back to the county commission before any public hearing.

The process could take at least several months, staff indicated in a memo to the commission.

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Submitted by johannabartley on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 10:12am.

I should have the right to build my roof as I please. Still, the aspect of a street must be consistent so this isn't possible. Anyway, I called Mickleton Roofers to get an estimate on a huge, ugly construction and after laughing a lot they said I would never get the construction approved.

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Submitted by redrooster on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 2:50pm.

Who gives a crap!

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 3:05pm.

RR, you're on target--they're certainly focused on all the important things in the right priority.

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