Fayetteville in expansion mode

Fayetteville in expansion mode

P&Z recommends approval of annexations on Burch Road, Sandy Creek Road

The Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission by unanimous vote on Dec. 19 gave a favorable recommendation on an annexation and rezoning proposal for the construction of a two-story commercial office building on the southwest corner of Burch Road and Ga. Highway 54 West.

Above, it was 15 years ago that Derryll Anderson joined the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. Anderson’s last meeting with the commission came on Dec. 19, with Mayor Ed Johnson and commissioners thanking her for her years of service to the city. “I’ve been really blessed to have had the opportunity to work for my community,” a tearful Anderson said, then turning her comments to her fellow commissioners and to the city’s planning staff. “This is my family.” Pictured, from left, are commissioners John Reeves, Debi Renfroe, Toby Spencer and Derryll Anderson, Mayor Ed Johnson and commissioners Sarah Murphy and Ken Collins. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Commissioners heard the proposal to have 2.8 acres on the southwest corner of Hwy. 54 West and Burch Road annexed into the city for the construction of a two-story commercial office building totaling 25,000 sq. ft.

Currently zoned residential, plans called for an Office-Institutional zoning to accommodate the commercial building.

City planning staff said the building is expected to be populated by medical, dental and other professional offices.

Project representatives said the idea for the building is to have two wings, one along Hwy. 54 and the other along Burch Road. The two wings would be joined near the intersection by a rotunda which will be designed to create a focal point for the building.

Staff said Fayette County had no objections to the annexation.

In the second annexation request, a proposal by Betty Blake to have 24 acres along Sandy Creek Road annexed into the city received a favorable recommendation at the same meeting.

The property is located at 563 Sandy Creek Road and is bordered by and adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios property on the south.

The approval that came with a unanimous recommendation by commissioners to have the 24.5-acre property annexed as residential followed a Nov. 28 non-voting proposal by Pinewood Atlanta Studios to to annex the property with a PCD (planned community development) zoning for a second media center.

Planning staff said Blake has no current development plans, though she does want access to city sewer.

Staff said they received no objections to the annexation request from Fayette County.

The request will go before the City Council on Jan. 18 and again in February.