At Thursday night’s meeting, the City Council of Peachtree City voted unanimously to annex and zone 28.3 acres along Hwy. 54 and Sumner Road for a mixed-use development.
The annexation from the county clears the way for a development of 27 single-family lots, 3.5 acres of office, 4.2 acres of commercial, and 9.5 acres open space.
In explaining why annexation was necessary for the project, property owner Scott Bradshaw said, “In order to put together a quality project that really lives up to the kind of standards that I think (the area) should have, we need sewer access so that we can meet the market demands,” adding that sewer is currently available just 250 feet away from the property.
Area residents came out to oppose the plan, citing traffic and safety issues as their main concerns. A letter from a 12-year-old was read on the record saying that she already felt unsafe in the area and that this might make problems worse.
“I feel I should be safe walking down to the bus every morning, and instead I feel that any moment when I run across the street that I could be hit by a car flying over the hill,” the letter said.
At their October 25 meeting, the County Board of Commissioners voted not to oppose the annexation. Though the county may not have liked the plan or its added density and safety concerns, their options to fight the annexation are limited by state law. Unless the county can demonstrate the annexation would create a material burden or impact on the county, especially on its infrastructure, they have no basis to win an objection, and the commissioners cited that fact in their unanimous vote not to fight the annexation.
“Annexations are just in favor of the city mostly. The county don’t have much control over it,” said Commissioner Randy Ognio at that county meeting. “We just don’t have a big material burden on this one, so there’s nothing to object to.”
The land, dubbed the Bradshaw Family LLP Tract, had been debated for more than two decades, and Council Member Mike King noted that this plan was far superior to previous ones the city had seen.
“It’s going to get developed eventually,” he said. “I love green space as much as anybody else, but private property owners have rights as well. They’re going to develop it, and this, in my opinion, fits Peachtree City standards a heckuva lot more than it did three years ago, and I just can’t say no.”