With growth gone, do you like Fayette now?

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 2:27pm
By: Letters to the ...

Our perfect Fayette County society is in fiscal trouble. Even the People’s Republic of Peachtree City is having budget trouble.

In the 12 years that I have lived here, our governments and people have thumbed their collective noses at growth, development, and business in general.

Well, you have what you asked for (a stagnant economy with empty storefronts, warehouses, and factories). Now that we have shut off the growth faucet, it will not be easy to turn it back on.

Fayette County’s strength is that it is a pleasant place to live with relatively good schools, low crime, low traffic congestion, good access to the airport, a mild four season climate, and a pretty good hospital district. We should be trying to attract high-tech business, businesses that need easy access to air transportation, and retirees.

The retirees would be a particularly attractive option. There are about 70 million baby boomers who are about to retire. They will want to live in a safe, affordable area, with good nearby healthcare that has a mild climate. They would also be attracted to an area with good schools and job prospects so their children and grandchildren could be able to live nearby. Fayette County has what they want.

Several years ago Pulte Home’s Sun City Division was going to locate Sun City Peachtree here with about 3,000 eventual retirement homes near the hospital.

But our county government shot them down. They did not feel that it was a good fit with Fayette County and our sacred land use plan. So Sun City went to Henry County.

I don’t know about how they felt, but they sure didn’t think. Why would anyone not want an addition like this to their county economy?

Retiree communities would be a perfect addition to our county economy. Retirees don’t commit crimes, add kids to the schools, or drive during rush hour to get to work.

Retirees do spend their dependable pensions and Social Security checks in the economy, and they do pay property and sales taxes. They would need doctors, nurses, accountants, lawn service, handymen, etc. to support them. So they would definitely be a supply of local jobs of all types.

As for the land use plan, why do we have a plan? What right does the government have to tell you how big your yard or house must be or where it must be located? This isn’t Russia.

I am a builder, and I am nearly dead in the water. People now want more affordable smaller homes. But we can’t supply them, when we have to build on acre-plus lots that cost over $100,000.

Fayette County can no longer afford to be a bedroom community for highly paid airport workers. For one, these folks have taken massive pay cuts. Second, we need to be diversified to stabilize our economy. We can no longer thumb our noses at growth.

Bill Gilmer

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 8:17pm.

is in the middle of no-where in Spalding County.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 1:04pm.

That's an utter load of crap and one of the more blatant lies you'll ever hear.

Another bit that some politicians also buy into that developers BS about is that senior complexes are some how "good" for the community since they don't have school-age children. Actually, seniors are a DRAIN on the community,especially 911/Emergency/Fire/Police personnel and not something that a community should actively be seeking out to convince to locate here. This bit about them not driving during rush-hour hardly makes up for the fact that next to teenagers they are the biggest hazards on the roads, and whine about everything almost as much as the author of this letter and his sad, sad story of the evil commies in PTC and one acre lot sizes(which most of PTC is not anyway).

I totally supported Dunn and company in rejecting that proposal and it was hardly favored by the general populace around here.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 7:03pm.

After reading this some senior citizens might feel worthless. Not me! I care about the school system, I pay school taxes, I'm a registered voter. I might even be a better driver than you are. Wanna' race? Smiling

Oh, and I don't whine...I fight back.

Tug Smiling

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 7:55pm.

at all. I just don't think you go out and rezone and recruit for senior complexes like what was proposed with Sun City. The original comments were a little flippant, I admit Smiling

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 8:46am.

Pulte's Sun City Peachtree development was not even given a public hearing because Chairman Dunn said "We have no zoning category that accomodates this type of housing". The Pulte guy, knowing a stubborn fool when he sees one, cancelled his contract on the property (which remains undeveloped, but along the path of the new bypass) and went to a horrible parcel of land near Griffin - of all places. Well it was horrible until they have transformed it totally and it is wonderful and successful even while most real estate development lay dormant. And that could have been here years ago - Thanks Chairman Dunn.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Tue, 10/06/2009 - 5:59pm.

"we have to build on acre-plus lots that cost over $100,000."

I think they can help you out....they have 99 acres for sale for 2.5 million, or 25,000 an acre.. If you have to use 2 acres that is 50,000. lots...!

You could advertise walking distance to schools!

Then the commisioners are doing their best to put a taxpayer paid for by pass right next to it!

Between the county commisioners and the BOE, I think they can make your dream of cheap land with major advantages, (walking distance schools and by passes already paid for by the present taxpayers) come true!


The Fayette County Board of Education is offering for Sale 99.06 acres of pristine pasture and wooded areas with a lake located on Georgia Highway 92 south of Fayetteville.

The asking price is Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00).

The property has road frontage on 92 South and Inman Road and is located directly adjacent to the new Inman Elementary School.

Currently the property is zoned AR (Agriculture Reserve with 5 acre lots). The Fayette County Land Use map shows the property in the 2-3 acre allowed zoning area.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Tue, 10/06/2009 - 6:46pm.

that the zoning of "AR" expands to "Agricultural/Residential"--just to keep the terms correct----but what a dumb move by BOE to begin with. Any idea who that land was purchased from? More of the same and we voters gave the offenders another pass last election cycle.

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