2 requests to annex 130 acres on Peachtree City’s eastside

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The Peachtree City Council. Pictured, from left, are City Manager Jon Rorie, Councilman Mike King, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and councilmen Terry Ernst, Kevin Madden and Phil Prebor. Photo/Ben Nelms.
The Peachtree City Council in a May meeting. Pictured, from left, are City Manager Jon Rorie, Councilman Mike King, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and councilmen Terry Ernst, Kevin Madden and Phil Prebor. Photo/Ben Nelms.

If approved in step 2, sites from Steinmart and Publix supermarket north along Hwy. 54 to Autera Chiropractic would come into Peachtree City

The Peachtree City Council on June 21 will hear two step-one annexation requests for properties along both sides of Ga. Highway 54 East. If eventually approved, the annexations would add more than 130 acres to the city and include the Peachtree East Shopping Center.

The largest annexation request, by Ravin Homes, pertains to 105.5 acres (30 parcels) immediately north of the city limits beginning at the Peachtree Shopping Center and continuing to north of the Governor’s Square area to Autera Properties. The commercial areas are currently zoned Community Commercial or Highway Commercial by Fayette County. The 50-acre Ravin Homes property is zoned for one-acre lots.

City staff noted that the owners of 66 percent of the land area have signed the annexation petition, and the Fayette County Board of Elections has verified that there are no registered voters within the areas proposed for annexation.

The requirement for annexation states that 60 percent of the owners of the land area and 60 percent of registered voters must sign the annexation petition.

Another annexation request comes from Bradshaw Family LLP and pertains to 28.3 acres situated between Hwy. 54 and Sumner Road. The property is currently zoned A-R (agricultural residential). The annexation request calls for a mix of commercial, office and residential uses.

A breakdown of the proposal shows 10.5 acres for single-family residential (28 lots), 3.3 acres for office use (1-3 sites), 4.2 acres for commercial (2 sites), 1.4 acres for streets and 8.9 acres of open space. Homes are projected to be in the $450,000 range.

The annexation review process is a two-step process to evaluate annexation requests into Peachtree City. Step one is a review of how the existing and/or proposed development may or may not be compatible with the established goals within the Peachtree City Comprehensive Plan. Council evaluates the application and determines if the city would consider the annexation. If a favorable recommendation is received, the applicant may begin step two of the process. Step two requires the submittal of detailed information as identified in the established rezoning process and state annexation law. The recommendation that the annexation request continue to step two in no way implies that the City Council will ultimately approve the rezoning and/or the annexation application, according to city documents accompanying the requests.