Senoia approves new subdivision on Hwy. 16

A development agreement approved last week between Senoia and Senoia 268 LLC paves the way for the future development of the 241-home Fieldstone Estates conservation subdivision which will be located on Ga. Highway 16 West.

The unanimous approval by the city council provides for future development of the 206-acre property that is expected to be the eventual site of 241 homes on lots of up to one-half acre.
Fieldstone Estates will be located on the north side of Hwy. 16 and west of the Cumberland subdivision.

The development agreement calls for the construction of a pavilion and “tot lot” for use by subdivision residents. The agreement also calls for the construction of an eight-foot multi-use path from an internal subdivision street to the property line.

City Administrator Richard Ferry after the Dec. 2 meeting said engineering for the water and sewer portion of the development is currently in process. The potential exists for the development of the first homesites in 2015, he said.

The anticipated price range of the homes when approved in March was $140,000-160,000.

An additional 63 acres previously included in the site was recently removed from the plan and will become the new county-operated Leroy Johnson Park.

The original 268-acre tract was annexed into the city in 2008 as the Fieldstone Estates subdivision. Annexed under the R-40 Conservation Subdivision category, the zoning required 40 percent open space and a 50-foot buffer around the perimeter of the property.

More recently in 2011, the city purchased 62.8 acres from the Fieldstone Estates developer for use as a county-operated active recreation park with the understanding that the developer would be able to maintain the 241 lots approved in the annexation and count the 62.8 acres purchased by the city as part of the open space requirement, Ferry said.

Much of the remaining open space included wetlands, creek buffer, stormwater retention and space for amenities, Ferry said.

By agreement, the nearly 63 acres purchased by the city for an active recreation park was deeded to the county and will become a county-operated facility.

The joint venture between and the city and county in the spring will lead to the creation of the new Leroy Johnson Park. The agreement calls for initial construction to begin within three years.

“To meet the goals of active recreation in the city and surrounding unincorporated areas of the county the master plan recommends the development of a ‘future community park’ to meet active recreation needs,” the agreement said.

The agreement noted the existing Leroy Johnson Park on Howard Road which was established in 1978 as a baseball and softball facility is in need of improvements and that both the cost of expansion and the limitations of expanding the existing facility would far outweigh the benefits of those improvements at the new site.

Earlier this year the city approved the preliminary plat for the subdivision. The city recently asked the Coweta County Commission to remove the 50-foot vegetative buffer in the area of the property near the railroad tracks so the subdivision work could move forward.

Commissioners agreed, voting unanimously last month to remove the buffer requirement.