County says no to annexation request for mysterious development for now

The county isn’t quite ready to say yes to Fayetteville’s request to annex 21.6 acres and rezone it to Business Park as part of a larger, mysterious development. At Thursday night’s meeting, commissioners expressed hesitance to approve it without more details on the project or at least concessions from Fayetteville on a number of conditions.

If annexed, it would but up to roughly 246 acres of undeveloped land already zoned Business Park by the City of Fayetteville. Fayetteville combined four parcels together and rezoned them from Single Family Residential to Business Park at its Sept. 7 council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Director Pete Frisina laid out why staff didn’t think it was a good idea to approve the annexation request as is.

“What we have is an application that contains no specifics as to the type of non-residential development it would be,” said Frisina. “There’s no indication of the layout of any of the buildings or entrances. There’s no indication of the size, the height, the type of architectural style of any of the proposed buildings.

“Given that we don’t have good information and there could be an impact on the county, a potential impact in terms of traffic and in terms of impact on our rural character, and we really don’t know what it looks like, staff recommends we object to the annexation,” he said.

Frisina said that staff would recommend approval if Fayetteville agrees to a list of conditions. The County and Fayetteville will have to come to an agreement on buffers, setbacks, landscaping, public works approval for access of Tyrone Road, and dedication of right-of-way.

County Administrator Steve Rapson noted that in talks with Fayetteville’s City Manager Ray Gibson, the indication was they would be agreeable to the conditions.

Talk of the larger project brought more questions and concerns from the commissioners.

“I don’t necessarily mind the business use because I think that area is the only area we have left to do some of these corporate business opportunities, and some of them are fairly lucrative if they actually come to fruition,” said Commissioner Steve Brown. “One thing that really does concern me is that it is going to stress these roads (Tyrone and Sandy Creek).”
He urged looking at inter-parcel connectivity or a road network within the parcels to alleviate some of the traffic that would empty out onto the two-lane roads.

Chairman Eric Maxwell expressed frustration over being asked to make a decision without knowing more about the project.
“We would like to know,” he said. “Tell us what the project is.”

The commissioners voted unanimously to object to the annexation request unless the City of Fayetteville meets the conditions. Fayetteville is expected to vote on that at their next meeting.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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