2 residential developments up for review by Fayetteville Council

Map shows proposed rental cottage proposal in downtown Fayetteville. Graphic/City of Fayetteville.
Map shows proposed rental cottage proposal in downtown Fayetteville. Graphic/City of Fayetteville.

The Fayetteville City Council on Dec. 5 will conduct public hearings on a rezoning proposal for a 48-lot single-family development on the city’s south side and on another that would establish an age-restricted cottage development adjacent to HearthSide Club Lafayette along Ga. Highway 54.

A rezoning proposal for a 48-lot, single-family detached development on Whitney Street, located immediately north of the Summit Point retail center, was recommended for approval Nov. 19 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The request was to have the single-family-zoned property on 13.6 acres rezoned to accommodate 48 lots on 180 and 190 Whitney Street, situated between Ga. Highway 85 South and Bradley Drive, and immediately north of the Summit Point retail area. Property to the west is zoned commercial, while property to the north is OI (office-institutional), and with commercial to the south and residential to the east.

Modeled after the Apple Orchard subdivision, the plan calls traditional-style homes at 3.5 units per acre and would include features such as gardens, a gazebo, street side planter boxes and rear garages with alley access. Sidewalks would be located on both sides of internal streets, which would lead to a central park space.

The 4-0 vote by planning commissioners to recommend the development for approval came with the condition that, if approved in December by the City Council, the property be designated to accommodate the higher density included in the rezoning request.

The second public hearing deals with a proposal by the developer of HearthSide Club Lafayette to establish 63 age-restricted (55 and older) rental cottage units along Ga. Highway 54 West at Lafayette Avenue.

The request by OneStreet Residential would have a 63-unit age-restricted (55 years and up), cottage development established on the 8.13-acre site situated immediately west of HearthSide Club Lafayette, an age-restricted, senior development with 125 apartments, which is also a OneStreet development.

The property was previously zoned in 2014 for a 30-unit memory care building, a 60-unit assisted living building and 24 single-family independent living homes, totaling 114 units in all.

OneStreet said the intent was to modify the current development agreement to provide a less intense, active adult community. The current development plan carries a density of 14 units per acre, while the detached and semi-detached cottage proposal carries a density of 7.75 units per acre.

The proposed cottages, of which many contain more than one unit, would target discretionary renters, those who can afford to buy but choose to rent, OneStreet Development Director Deke Rochester said. The cottages would average approximately 1,600 sq. ft. with an average rent of $2,410, he said.

The proposal was unanimously recommended for denial by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission in October.