Friday, April 27, 2001
Cedar Grove project drawing fire
A sprawling development slated for South Fulton Parkway is starting to cause concern among some of the residents.
The Cedar Grove Lakes project is a 2,305-unit development proposed at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and South Fulton Parkway on 560 acres. If it is approved by the Fulton County Commission, the development will feature single family and multifamily homes, along with office and commercial development.
During Monday night's Fairburn City Council meeting, Larry Hyde asked the council to voice its concerns to the Fulton County Commission.
"I'm concerned about the sewer capacity at the Camp Creek Plant," Hyde said.
Additionally, Hyde worries about quality of the region's drinking water and the traffic impact.
"It's not zoned for this type of development. It's 2,400 units. This is clearly sprawl," he said.
When developments are classified as developments of regional impact and can affect adjacent cities, the Atlanta Regional Commission asks the cities for their opinions.
In a recent letter to the ARC, Fairburn City Administrator Tony Cox said the development would affect his city in three areas.
The first area is traffic impact. Cox explained the development is near Rivertown Road, which is a small two-lane road in Fairburn.
"Rivertown Road will be significantly impacted," Cox wrote.
The administrator believes some of the traffic generated by the project will be filtered onto Rivertown Road, which connects to Short Road and Cedar Grove Road in the project.
The second major impact would be on Pea Creek, he said.
"Fairburn is studying a regional water supply reservoir which will draw from Pea Creek. Runoff generated by this project could adversely impact that water supply," he said.
The final impact would be on the Camp Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.
Because of the large-scale developments proposed for the area, many municipalities are worried about the plant capacity at Camp Creek. Cox warns that ARC needs to study this issue closely.
"ARC should closely scrutinize present capacity and preparations to expand capacity so that we may not face the moratoriums now in place in north Fulton," he said.