UPDATE: By a 4-to-0 vote, the Peachtree City Council Thursday night said yes to a mixed-use plan that provides 94 dwelling units on just under 50 acres off Hwy. 54 East —
Two years after Peachtree City annexed 30 properties totaling 105 acres bordering the city’s east side, the City Council will consider Thursday night the proposed next step in that project.
The owners and developers want to rezone 77.6 acres to a limited use commercial (LUC) area that will allow a mix of residential and office-retail use. If approved, the city’s original Glenloch Village will grow with an eastern addition.
Towson Village will be 94 single family dwellings on 49.2 acres, or about 1.9 dwelling units per acre. The plan calls for two lot sizes: 41 lots at 70 feet by 120 feet, and 53 lots at 60 feet by 120 feet. The village is a development of Brent Holdings LLC and Ravin Homes.
The commercial section is 36.9 acres mixed uses: retail, office and residential, handled by DeGolian Commercial Realty.
The plan got a unanimous thumbs-down vote from the Planning Commission Aug. 10, but the City Council gets the final say on the request Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The city’s planning staff — unlike the volunteer Planning Commission — support the rezoning, with conditions: Maximum building height of three stories, excluding basements; a single park of at least 1.5 acres within the development and centrally located, as shown on the master plan; no more than 12 dwelling units to the acre in the residential-only section; 12 units to the acre in “attached, residential-only building”; “attached, with ground-level commercial or office, 20 units,” ”detached, 10 units.”
“The proposed land use of the mixed-use development steps down in intensity from Highway 54 down to the rear of the property along Camp Creek,” the council’s information packet says. “Beginning along Highway 54, land use starts with commercial along Highway 54, stepping down to mixed- use with upper-story residential lofts surrounding the central park, then to multi-family residential, and finally down to single-family residential neighborhood in the rear. All structures are proposed to be 3 stories maximum (not including basements).”
The staff report says the final development would add 52 high school students, 31 middle school students and 62 elementary school students to McIntosh, Booth and Huddleston schools.
City planning staff recommend approval of the plan in glowing terms:
“Located in between the Kedron and Glenloch ‘villages,’ the requested rezoning offers a unique opportunity for the city to hear and respond to the concerns of its citizens. Most of the existing commercial square footage on the subject properties was built in the 1980s which ages the properties almost 40 years. Rezoning the property would give the applicants the ability to redevelop the aging commercial spaces while also adding additional residential uses to address the concern of a lack of housing types. The two proposed uses effectively work together to propel redevelopment.
“Given the mutually beneficial aspects of developing residential and commercial properties together, the proposed rezoning encourages a tiered approach to integrate residential uses into the commercial uses. … The desired outcome of this rezoning would be a ‘micro-village’ where people could live, work, and shop adding to Peachtree City’s resume of desirable communities,” city planning staff conclude in its report to City Council.