Peachtree City turns away eastside annexation request

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Developer Michael Hyde’s request to annex 52 acres next to the new Booth Middle School property didn’t make it past three negative votes Oct. 1 at the Peachtree City Council meeting.

Hyde wanted to build homes “like Smokerise”— a high-end subdivision in northeast Peachtree City — on the property at the end of unpaved Stagecoach Road and off of Spear Road.

Annexation is a 2-step process: first the developer has to get council permission to even consider the request. That stopped with negative votes from Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, and councilmen Mike King and Terry Ernst. Fleisch said there were too many unknows, given the uncertainties of road improvements needed for the school under construction. “It’s not in the best interest of Peachtree City,” Fleisch said.

Councilmen Kevin Madden and Phil Prebor voted against the motion to deny the request.

There’s no appeal from an annexation denial, since in Georgia law there’s no legal right for a property owner to receive an approval for an annexation request.

The council also voted to buy a new fire truck, one with a big price tag. The ladder truck is a bargain at $1.13 million, Fire-Rescue Chief Joe O’Conor told the council.