|Council to discuss
West Village annexation Thurs.
proposed annexation of the West Village area will
be discussed at Thursday night's Peachtree City
council is expected to decide whether to overturn
a Planning Commission decision to deny a concept
plan that was submitted for the proposed Wal-Mart
West Village discussion will likely crop up
during council's consideration of a rezoning
application from John Wieland Homes that involves
land which could become a part of the West
Village area. Mayor Bob Lenox said council is not
prepared to make a decision to annex or not, but
the topic was added to the agenda to insure
council could discuss the annexation proposal as
it relates to the rezoning request.
has requested that the 101-acre tract, known as
the Katz property, be rezoned from General
Industrial to General Residential 4.
company wants to build 350 single-family homes on
the property. The land is bordered on the south
by the area that will become the Cedarcroft
subdivision, which will have approximately 200
homes on 63 acres.
has been scheduled to vote on the rezoning
several times, but each time the matter has been
postponed. Most recently, Wieland offered to
postpone the decision to await a decision from
the West Village Task Force, which voted 10-5
last week to begin negotiations with developers
to determine whether the property could be
developed like the task force wants.
Wal-Mart matter is largely based on the expected
traffic that the superstore would generate. The
Planning Commission denied the concept plan for
the proposed superstore at its July 24 meeting
upon a recommendation by city staff that the
store could not meet the city's traffic
ordinance. The ordinance requires developers to
fund traffic improvements for projects that might
hurt traffic in the area, but the city's traffic
consultants say no improvements could be made by
the developer that would help.
store would meet the traffic ordinance after Ga.
Highway 54 is widened, but there is no definite
time line for the start of the process.
Wal-Mart would be situated behind the planned
Home Depot on Hwy. 54 across from the entrance to
Planterra Ridge subdivision.
developer of the project, RAM Development,
contends that the project is not governed by the
traffic ordinance, because plans for the store
were submitted before the ordinance was passed by
McMurrain of RAM Development said the company's
position is that the store would meet the traffic
ordinance anyway. But that's using the numbers
from RAM's traffic consultants.
traffic numbers from the city's study are a
little higher, McMurrain said.