Restaurant projects put on hold by Peachtree City Planning Commission

Rendering of proposed restaurant. Graphic/PTC Planning Commission.
Rendering of proposed restaurant. Graphic/PTC Planning Commission.

The conceptual site plan for two commercial buildings proposed to be located on Ga. Highway 74 North in Peachtree City fronting the Hilton Garden Inn was tabled Aug. 13 by the Peachtree City Planning Commission to give the applicant time to return with a conceptual landscape plan.

Above, rendering of proposed restaurant. Graphic/PTC Planning Commission.

The developers want to build a McAlister’s Deli Restaurant as well as a second nearby building that also is slated for an unnamed restaurant and retail space.

The issue went through two motions, both unsuccessful due to no second, before the third motion to table succeeded on a 3-0 vote. Commissioners J.T. Rabun, Paul Gresham and Jack Bernard voted to table. Alternate Commissioner Michael Link was present, though alternates do not vote. Chairman Frank Destadio and Commissioner Lisa Curtis were absent.

The primary issue that led to the item being tabled dealt with concerns over the proposed 40-foot landscape buffer fronting Hwy. 74 and whether sufficient trees would be included in the landscape plan. Under the current proposal which requests a 40-foot buffer, project representatives said some of the pines currently located in the buffer would have to be removed.

The ordinance calls for a 60-foot buffer, though a 40-foot buffer can be approved. Rabun during the discussion said he was concerned about the number of trees in the buffer area that would remain, also noting that the Georgia Power easement in the buffer could preclude the presence of some trees.

Senior Planner Robin Cailloux noted at the meeting that the property is one of the last undeveloped commercial sites in the city.

The successful motion had the agenda item tabled, with the applicant agreeing to return at a subsequent meeting with the conceptual landscape plan that will meet buffer requirements.

The first motion, that died from lack of a second, would have approved the conceptual site plan with the condition that the conceptual landscaping plan accompany the final site plan.

The second motion, which also died from lack of a second, would have the proposal go back to planning staff to have the buffer concerns addressed before returning to the commission.