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Zoning for massive mixed-used community reverts

The much-discussed Folia Crossroads multi-use community is no longer in the immediate plans for Fayetteville after the City Council voted Thursday night to revert the zoning back to Single Family Residential. 

On August 2, 2018, Council approved the request from BCM Construction, who was working with the property owners, to rezone the land to Planned Community Development so they could build Folia Crossroads, a 144.91-acre mixed-use development on Hwy. 54 West with up to 265 single-family homes, a boutique hotel, and retail, office, and restaurant space. 

The preliminary plat for the first phase of the development was submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission on Aug. 29, 2018 and set for the Sept. 25 P&Z agenda. On Sept. 6, staff was contacted by BCM asking that the plat be pulled from the agenda. There was no more activity until March 21, 2019, when BCM notified city staff they were in litigation with the owners of the property, the Williams family, and requested Council rescind the development agreement in Aug. 2019. 

Fayetteville’s zoning ordinance allows Council to revert to previous zoning in the event that substantial work on the project has not begun within 12 months. 

A representative from BCM Construction noted that because they owned the rights to the name Folia Crossroads and BCM was on the rezoning application, they no longer wanted their name attached to the property. 

Randy Williams, speaking on behalf of the Williams family, asked Council to keep the PCD zoning, noting that it is in keeping with the city’s Land Use Plan.

“The Williams have been prevented from moving forward due to conditions beyond their control, and there simply is not a good reason to remove the zoning,” he said.

Council voted unanimously to revert the zoning from PCD back to R-70.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory 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.