The governments of Fayette County, Fairburn, Peachtree City and Tyrone will form the “74 Gateway Coalition” to guide the development of the corridor that leads from the SR 74 and I-85 interchange into the county, Tyrone and Peachtree City.
Several local leaders met back in June to discuss local transportation issues, and in that meeting County Commission Chairman Steve Brown pushed for a coalition of this kind to support development near the interchange. Brown has been pushing for some time with the the Georgia Department of Transportation toward getting the proposed upgrade to the interchange completed in a timely manner.
The interchange is one of the biggest traffic bottlenecks in the area, as many Fayette Countians use the corridor to get to and from Atlanta for work.
The idea of the 74 Gateway Coalition is to guide development along the corridor to make it more appealing. As was discussed at the County Commission meeting last week, most of the portions of SR 74 in Peachtree City are already developed. There are some pockets for future development in Tyrone, with most of the opportunity in Fairburn.
“We’re pretty much trying to help Fairburn,” Brown said at the meeting. “We’re trying to decided what we want the feel to be.” He said the efforts to get millions to fund the interchange improvements there could be “screwed up” if the surrounding area isn’t developed properly.
Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington said “the idea is everyone is working together,” from a planning perspective.
“It’s a mutual understanding… Fairburn and Tyrone have more concerns than we do. The issue is wanting to get control of that corridor as it comes out of Fairburn and making sure that corridor is conducive to the ambience that exists in the southern part of Tyrone and Peachtree City.”
Brown said the Atlanta Regional Commission will act as a “kind of supervisor leading us in developing a set of standards for what we want to see on 74.”
Commissioner Randy Ognio said he was “not real crazy about the administrative thing with the ARC,” but otherwise approved of the agreement.
Brown said the ARC would have “no decision making capacity at all,” but would be helpful in that their planning staff “would do a lot of the work.” He said the local governments would have to sign off on any actual decisions.
The agreement signed Thursday by the commission lists three goals for the 74 Gateway Coalition:
“1) develop and support initiatives of common interest and explore opportunities for collaboration as it relates to the potential development of the SR 74 Corridor as a member of the 74 Gateway Coalition;
2) provide updates and information related to public and/or private funding that may be utilized to support the SR 74 Corridor;
3) further cultivate new and existing relationships with local stakeholders
throughout the SR 74 Corridor Communities.”