Big rezoning on MacDuff: Wieland wants 238 homes on PTC’s westside

Site plan for 85-acre proposed rezoning submitted by John Wieland Homes. Graphic from the Peachtree City Planning Commission.

The largest residential rezoning request in quite some time will be presented in a workshop format to the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods wants an 87.6-acre tract rezoned from general industrial to GR-4 (general residential) to allow 204 homes. The parcel is located north of the Centennial subdivision off MacDuff Parkway and contains the infamous Peach Pit construction landfill along with abutting the CSX railroad tracks.

Several years ago Wieland had the Peach Pit site tested for contaminants and none were found. Also on the tract is a Georgia Power substation.

According to the company’s pitch, the homes will be designed for “today’s active adult lifestyles” with main-floor living, first floor owner suites, gourmet kitchens and elegant courtyard spaces.
The neighborhood would be age-targeted, but not age restricted, according to Wieland’s proposal.

Wieland estimates that once the subdivision is complete, it will generate about $1 million in property taxes a year. The company anticipates using the revenue to help complete the extension of MacDuff Parkway to Ga. Highway 74 north as must be done by Wieland in a joint venture with Brent West Village, LLC to allow development of 1,125 homes on 782 acres between both companies.

Also on Monday, Wieland will propose a rezoning for the 17.2 acre former site the company had initially set aside for a future new elementary school when the Centennial subdivision was conceived. Because it has been more than seven years since then and the school has not moved forward, the site reverts back to Wieland’s ownership.

There was a condition on the reversion that required the property to be used as open space, but Wieland is asking the city to remove that to allow development of 34 homes on the site.

Wieland contends that since more open space has been added to the 87.6-acre site which is to the north, it should be allowed to have the open space requirement set aside for the former school site, which fronts on MacDuff Parkway.

Also, the larger tract will have a single park area big enough to include a few multi-purpose fields that would be owned and operated by the homeowners association, Wieland stated in its pitch to the city.

Below, graphic of the site plan for the 34-acre rezoning request by John Wieland Homes for lots off MacDuff Parkway.

dar thompson
dar thompson's picture
Joined: 08/23/2006
Ice Rink

Tell them they have to build an "Ice Rink". I mean look at the's not the south anymore.

WLVROCKS's picture
Joined: 02/13/2012
Is PTC in decline?

Give me Fayetteville along the Redwine corridor ( Woodcreek, Newhaven, Whitewater and Highgrove) rather than PTC in any competition. Spacious homes on larger lots that are generally newer and better maintained than the bulk of PTC, lower taxes, the top schools in the district and a more simple shot up to the airport.

moelarrycurly's picture
Joined: 10/17/2010
Wieland Homes

First things first.

What is the master plan that made this an industrial area in the first place? I want to know why that was planned that way. Get Joel Cowan to come to 'spain it.

Next, get a Georgia Power rep. into city hall to 'splain about that power substation. Can you say leukemia risk? How old is that plant and what condition is it in? Put the power company on the record as to what the effects are to nearby development. Notice the "today's active adult lifestyles". That has more to do with no cancer kids than with boomer retirees, my guess.

Peach Pit? The landfill where the local yahoos used to drive out after dark and drink moonshine and party and wear white hoods over their heads? I'd say this might warrant one more check for toxic waste. Google earth this site. Just to the south east of this power station is a dead zone for vegetation. What caused that? Is that the peach pit?

"Elegant courtyard spaces" equals a high wall/fence and a cement slab so you can sit out on your 10 square foot patio without your next door neighbor seeing you. Hear you, just not see you. No yard to mow, boomer retirement warehouse city, here you have it.

Traffic coming thru to 54? Well, the back up on MacDuff will bring it then thru Wynnmeade off from Gatehouse Drive. Thus, the second line of traffic waiting to get onto 54, a mirror image of the Planterra issue before council right now. Just on the north side of 54, not south side. The difference will be that the majority of these homeowners will not be working and will not add to the rush hour.

I say, get that connection going from 74 to Minix Rd. to get folks another route to get onto/off I-85 and some relief for the 54/74 intersection.

Railroad tracks, power substation, EMF's, known traffic backups, who knows what in that old dump. There's a reason this is the just about the last being built in this city. A good reason.

AndrewKrause's picture
Joined: 10/21/2010
Traffic Impact

The 54/74 corridor is the worst bottleneck I've seen in years. Any additional commercial or residential expansion in this area should be accompanied by a traffic improvement plan.

In this case, simply extending MacDuff parkway to meet with 74 will worsen the problem as traffic diverts to MacDuff to avoid the 54/74 intersection, creating headaches and safety problems for existing residents of the West Village. It does not appear that the joint venture proposal for Weiland/Brent West Village is going to effectively address the issue unless there is also talk of expanding MacDuff to support additional capacity.

embflyer's picture
Joined: 06/02/2010
Can you here the whistle blowin?

parcel is located north of the Centennial subdivision off MacDuff Parkway and contains the infamous Peach Pit construction landfill along with abutting the CSX railroad tracks.

It will be affordable as the mighty CSX express roars by blowing that awesome whistle. I live in PTC with a few subdivisions as a buffer and can hear that train a comin....maybe previewing models will occur only at certain times. Perhaps there is a budget line item for some bushes and a fence for green space to hide I mean enhance the area.
On a side note, I am curious as to why the need for 36 blasts of the ole train whistle. I get the safety part, it just seems outdated. Maybe if the crossing rails fail I suppose or maybe there is a teenager at the controls with his buddies thinking how fun to blast the local populace?

Husband and Fat...
Husband and Father of 2's picture
Joined: 07/23/2012
238+ more cars? For how long?

I really don't care what they build over there since I live on the other side of PTC and only travel that way to go to HD or a resaurant.

However, I don't like the fact that they want to place postage sized lots and higher density to finance the second exit/entry route onto 74. That's 238+ more cars until the bank approves financing for the second development. I don't think anyone living in that corridor would be happy.

Maybe the vision people can convince the developer to build a high density area that is inexpensive enough for a young professional to afford. Put in some shops, restaurants and a bar and the 30 or so young folks that want to live here out of college can do so.

Robert W. Morgan
Robert W. Morgan's picture
Joined: 10/26/2005
Multiply that by 11, Husband

The rule of thumb is 11 car trips per day to and from the average household. And yes,there will be a point in the future where the city won't issue building permits until there is a second way in and out of the area. That will happen long before the developers donate enough for the road extension and bridge - $7million last I heard. In other words, forget the idea that McDuff will ever reach 74. Impossible dream. Even if it did, it would have to be 4-laned to handle the traffic. Double impossible dream.