Annexation request for Carriage Lane denied

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 5:21pm
By: John Munford

A proposal to annex 48 acres near Carriage Lane and Old Stagecoach Road was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Hyde Investment Group wanted to build a 21-home subdivision with minimum lot sizes of two acres. But several neighbors in the area spoke against the proposal, saying they didn’t want more traffic on Carriage Lane.

Carriage Lane was extended several years ago from its cul-de-sac ending to allow access to the Hyde Park subdivision built by Hyde Investments. The annexation proposal called for taking a golf cart path on that development and changing it into a 50-foot road to allow access to the new subdivision.

“Imagine if you have a cart path next to your house and it turns into a road,” said Carriage Lane resident Ronnie Raines. “So we’re strongly against it.”

Larry Manwaring, who lives on 10 acres at the end of Stagecoach Road, said he felt the annexation request was inconsistent with the zoning of surrounding properties. Hyde representative Mike Lorber later pointed out that there are two acre lots to the south of the site off Spear Road.

Community Development Director David Rast noted that there is a significant amount of undeveloped land in the county adjacent to the site, and approval of the annexation might open the doors for those tracts to be considered for future annexation.

Rast suggested the city meet with county officials to determine what land makes sense to be in the city and what does not.

The vote against the annexation request was unanimous as council members pointed out concerns about access and other issues brought up by residents. The annexation previously was recommended for denial by the city planning commission for similar reasons.

Rast also noted that the city has plenty of lots to be developed that are 1 acre or larger in the $800,000 price range Hyde proposed for homes in the new subdivision.

Rast suggested the city meet with the county to determine the best way to proceed with development in the area.

The property Hyde sought to annex is split by Camp Creek. The developer planned to build six houses on the western (Peachtree City) side of the creek and 15 on the eastern side.

Lorber said even without the annexation the property could be developed as part of the county with two acre lots.

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Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 8:26pm.

I particularly appreciated Councilwoman Learnard's comment to the effect of "...if you are unwilling to take the professional advice of your doctor, why bother to go to the doctor..." in relation to the role and recommendations of the PTC Planning Commission.

I couldn't agree more.

While I do not believe it is the role of the City Council to simply "rubber stamp" the recommendations of the Planning Commission, it seemed the last Council had little respect for the efforts of David Rast and his team.

Finally, a question for the realtors on this forum: Hyde has indicated his intent to sell these homes in the $800,000 range. If he builds the same homes in the same location but they have a county ZIP Code instead of a PTC ZIP Code, how much less would they sell for? Just curious.

Submitted by normal on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 7:12pm.

Hyde lives on law suits so here we go again. Dont shop at the pit stops. That just gives him money to sue us tax payers. Its like a broken record with him

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