Discussion on $80 million PTC project delayed

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Calistoa Lake McIntosh project that developers call “Serenbe meets Pinewood Forest.” The 37-acre tract would feature more than 360 multi-family units, along with 50-60 single family homes, along with 8,000 sq.ft. of retail space.

The Peachtree City Planning Commission on Monday night deferred discussion on a proposed mixed-use project adjacent to Lake McIntosh.

The 37-acre tract is next to Planterra Golf Course and backs up to Lake McIntosh. The planned development is named Calistoa Hill, and it’s currently zoned General Industrial, but developer Jason Pace believes the site offers an extraordinary opportunity for the city to redevelop and lure the coveted millennial group to the the area.

The development would feature more than 360 multi-family units, along with 50-60 single family homes.

“This development would be luxury by choice,” Pace said.

The development would also feature 8,000 sq. ft of retail space and offer a multi-generational appeal.

In order to develop the site, Peachtree City would have to lift the moratorium on multi-family use.

The item was slated for a workshop discussion Monday night, and Pace learned it would not be discussed when he arrived at the meeting.

Pace later said he didn’t understand why the Planning Commission refused to hear his pitch, but heard a proposal two weeks ago about the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Village Shopping Center that also features apartments.

“We are no different, and that development is much higher density then we are,” Pace said.

City Planner Robin Cailloux explained the rationale for the move.

“The chairman allowed the Aberdeen Village presentation because it was a part of the overall conceptual redevelopment plan, whereas Calistoa is not part of a larger plan. This is an important distinction. The redevelopment vision is City Council’s direct response to public input received during the 2017 Comprehensive Plan process,” she said.

Cailloux added that one of the key ideas staff tried to convey in the presentation is that the redevelopment plan will be implemented incrementally by private land owners.
She said if the City Council lifts the moratorium March 21, the developer could attend the March 25 Planning Commission meeting and make his presentation.

Pace, who has lived and worked in Peachtree City for 30 years, maintains Calistoa could not be at a better location for a work, live, play development since it borders so many corporations.

Planning Commission Chairman Frank DeStadio said the issue was simply procedural.

“The developer had the concept complete, and I do not believe they wanted any suggestions from the Commissions as much as they seemed to want to present their plan initially before us without having first brought it before the City Council which is the correct procedure. The Commissioners would certainly agree to hear them in a workshop after the City Council rules on their approach.”

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