Hwy.54 task force may be a reality

Tue, 08/15/2006 - 4:28pm
By: Ben Nelms

The stretch of road along Ga. Highway 54 west of Fayetteville is rapidly becoming a medical mecca.

The current and planned medical office facilities, other developments that might be proposed in the future and how that growth will be addressed will be a topic at Thursday’s meeting of Fayetteville City Council.

At the meeting, Fayetteville council members will consider a city-county task force to consider the future of the area.

“The SR 54 corridor, particularly in the vicinity of the hospital, continues to experience significant development pressure,” Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton said Aug. 9.

“The continued growth of medical facilities and related uses in that area, a possible site for higher education and other institutional uses, the necessity of sewer for such uses and the current marketing of large tracts of land has brought this area to the planning forefront,” Morton said.

Morton and Mayor Ken Steele met recently with Fayette Commission Chairman Greg Dunn and County Administrator Chris Venice to discuss the idea of joint planning for the area.

The outcome of that meeting was the suggestion that a task force be formed to address the multiple issues facing the area.

Council members will hear the suggestion that the task force be staffed by the mayor and commission chairman, the city manager and county administrator, the planning staff of both jurisdictions and the property owners or their representatives of the major tracts of land in the vicinity of the hospital.

Morton suggested task force members meet several times during the coming months to generate an overall development plan that would include recommendations for a transportation network, incorporated versus unincorporated areas, land use, and considerations relating to zoning and density.

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