Calistoa in rezoning request stakes claim as mini-village

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Rendering shows proposed Village Green in Calistoa. Graphic/Peachtree City Council.
Rendering shows proposed Village Green in Calistoa. Graphic/Peachtree City Council.

Developer wants lakeside parcel of 28 acres for 350 apartments, 27 townhomes, 43 homes, small retail area; opponents in industrial park cite bad traffic getting worse with the new development — 

The Peachtree City Council Thursday night will say yes or no to a mini-village proposed for a 28-acre parcel that’s part of 37 scenic acres on the east banks of Lake McIntosh.

“The applicant proposes to develop a 37-acre parcel located on the westernmost portion of the Industrial Park in Peachtree City,” according to the city planning staff report prepared for City Council. “The property is located adjacent to Lake McIntosh, to the north of Falcon Field Airport and is surrounded by the southern half of the Planterra Ridge Golf Course.

“The applicant proposes to build a master planned community consisting of a mix of residential uses, two office buildings, a village green space containing small shops, restaurants and community open space as well as other community amenities such as a chapel, a pool and a gym,” according to the staff information packet.

“The proposed development will add approximately five multifamily buildings consisting of 350 units combined, six townhome buildings consisting of 27 units combined, 43 single family home parcels, three buildings of retail/restaurant space consisting of 7,000 square feet combined and a single building social center consisting of 2,500 square feet.

“The maximum number of dwelling units would be 420 units. To facilitate the proposed development, the applicant requests that 28.04 acres of the property be rezoned from General Industrial (GI) to Limited Use Commercial (LUC) to allow for the mix of residential, restaurant and community amenity uses. The office portion of the development is proposed to remain zoned GI,” the city staff packet says.

“Phase I will include the apartments and a portion of the townhomes. Phase II will include the single-family homes, retail/restaurants/social center, and remaining balance of the townhomes,” the information packet says.

The plan will have to overcome objections related to the proximity of a busy regional airport that over a three-day period recently recorded “20 to 50 aircraft landings/takeoffs per day.” Noise and safety issues are almost sure to be raised.

Dating back more than a decade, several unsuccessful attempts by earlier owners have been made to convince the council to change the industrial rezoning next to the airport to a mix of some other uses. The last version in 2012 was called Callula Hills, which sought rezoning to allow 80 homes and an event center. The then-councils always said no.

The current owners contend the site is not marketable for most industrial uses, and would be better suited to a mixed-use approach, an argument that may find more favor with the current council than with those of the past.

Despite city planning staff and the Planning Commission both arguing against the rezoning, the developer says, “The Calistoa Lake McIntosh development all but ensures success landing the next major corporate HQ to Peachtree City.”

The property owner is GVI-Peachtree City, LLC, organized by local businessman Jim Pace. Its registered agent is attorney and former state representative Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City. This past week, Fayette resident and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy gave a video pitch supporting Calistoa at a gathering of several dozen people held at Line Creek Brewery in Peachtree City.

Melissa Coleman, senior director business development for Aventure Aviation, wrote this to City Council members this week:

“I am an employee that works in Southpark Industrial and I oppose this rezoning.

“Have you been at the four-way stop at Dividend Drive and TDK Boulevard at 5 p.m. any day of the week? We as a company in SouthPark would like to invite you to come and see the congestion for yourself.

“I realize Dan Cathy owns the property and Jason Pace and Bill Lynch are the developers, but they don’t even live in our community. They don’t care about the quality of life of our employees and residents. A typical afternoon commute can take 30-40 minutes just to get out of the city. Drive on Huddleston, Dividend Drive, TDK Blvd and 74/54 between 5-6 p.m.

“There will only be one exit out of Southpark and we need to accommodate another 3,000 cars without any plans on on the road infrastructure. This alone should stop the rezoning.

“Also, have you considered the fact that their are tractor trailers constantly entering Southpark daily? How safe is that for future residents/pedestrians and golf carts.

“The past city mayor and council denied this years ago. Please don’t pass this just because there are some big names involved and many real estate agents looking to cash in. If it doesn’t affect them on a daily basis, their vote should [sic] count.

“We will lose our employees if their commute continues to grow.

“Maybe Dan Cathy can donate the land for green space.”

The City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Peachtree City. The Citizen will be live-streaming the meeting on The Citizen Facebook page.

Photo below: Developers said this represents the rental housing concept at Calistoa. Second photo below is a detailed map of the project. Graphics/Peachtree City Council.
Photo below: Developers said this represents the rental housing concept at Calistoa. Second photo below is a detailed map of the project. Graphics/Peachtree City Council.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Some simple facts that reveal Ms. Coleman’s points to be false and inaccurate.
    1. Looking at the plan provided in this article you can see that there will in fact be more than one entrance and exit into the project from TDK Blvd. 2. Dan Cathy has zero ownership of the land. 3. Her point that the developer (owner) of the property does not care about the quality of life for the employees or residents shows her lack of knowledge of the developers. Pace Lynch is a local company with an owner who was born and raised in PTC and they themselves employ PTC residents. Also, what happened to getting to know someone before you just start throwing out claims of what they care or don’t care about as a business owner? 4. Southpark was designed with the infrastructure to accommodate much more development than will ever be done there, thanks to the golf course being done. The roads, sewer, etc. should be more than able to accommodate this growth. 5. Thankfully semi trucks don’t hop on the cart paths. That would be scary.
    I understand that the writer of this article was simply quoting this letter that came in to council but come on…the lack of factual weight to the points that were posed and the one sidedness of just posing her points and not others is quite sad.
    This is such a great opportunity for our city to embrace some positive and fun growth that would keep our city head and shoulders above the rest.

  2. Dan Cathy, Jason Pace, and Bill Lynch may not live in Peachtree City. But then again, neither does Melissa Coleman. The irony of an out-of-towner who is angry at her commute telling us to not allow Calistoa because other out-of-towners might benefit is simply rich.

    From what I can see, Calistoa is entirely compatible with the founding vision of Peachtree City. Yes, we do need to improve the transportation infrastructure in this town. But that’s a separate issue and not a sufficient basis on which to oppose it.

    • Compatible – yes. Good plan – for sure. Vote no – yes they will.

      Hopefully they will explain their no vote which should be based upon being within the danger and sound area of Falcon Field. Maybe even spot zoning in an industrial area. But please, please, please do not vote no because of this non-resident commuting worker, letter-writer has a jealousy problem with Pace, Cathy and real estate people. What an idiotic letter filled with immature and irrelevant points.

      Please don’t take stuff like this woman’s letter seriously. That would only encourage more of the same which frankly is embarrassing.

      She actually said this:
      “We will lose our employees if their commute continues to grow.

      “Maybe Dan Cathy can donate the land for green space.”

      She then signed her name. Hope your boss at work is tolerant of silly liberal success-envy.