Planning Commission: Small lots no good in northwest Peachtree City

Project representative Jerry Petersen. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Peachtree City Planning Commission on Dec. 11 agreed with city staff and recommended denial of a proposed residential rezoning on Senoia Road.

Above, project representative Jerry Petersen makes presentation. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Situated on 6.5 acres, the request by developer Chadwick Homes and project representative Jerry Petersen proposed 16 lots that are 60 feet in width and 100 feet in length, though commissioners noted that one of the lots appeared to be 4,800 sq. ft. in the size rather than 6,000 sq. ft.

City planning staff recommended denial of the project because the proposal did not meet the current single-family low density AR (agricultural reserve) zoning. The proposal asked that the property be rezoned to LUR (limited-use residential). Commissioners agreed with city staff, voting 4-0 to recommend denial.

Petersen in his comments noted that AR zoning is a holding designation for the city.

“There is no reasonable use for AR on this property,” Petersen said. “(The proposal) should complete this little corner of the city.”

Petersen said homes would range from 2,200-3,000 sq. ft.

The property is bordered by Tyrone on the north, the Saranac subdivision to the south, the Ardenlee subdivision on the east and Senoia Road and Tyrone on the west.

Petersen said the development’s 60-foot by 100-foot lots would be the same as those in the Saranac subdivision, adding that Chadwick also built homes in Saranac.

The use of the 1.2-acre pond on the site as a stormwater detention area could be problematic, said commission Chairman Frank Destadio. Staff said the pond would also be used as a focal point and a walking trail amenity.

The proposal will go before the City Council on Jan. 16.