Fayetteville Council votes 5-to-0 to annex, rezone over 400 acres for data center office park —
UPDATED — Up to 2 dozen speakers, some of them crying as they spoke, urged the Fayetteville City Council Thursday night not to put data centers next to long-established rural residential neighborhoods in the geographic center of Fayette County..
Mayor Ed Johnson thanked the full house of citizens for participating, promised “full transparency” in all the city’s dealings with the annexation, and within minutes received a motion, a second and a unanimous vote in favor of adding 412 acres to the Fayetteville map to be used for a data center and office park.
Johnson threatened to remove one woman for questioning the motives of the Fayette County Development Authority, the agency making the rezoning request on behalf of several property owners. She then asked the council, ”How will this benefit the community? What will it do?” and sat down.
One speaker played a song into the microphone: Joni Mitchell’s 1970 environmental anthem that begins with the iconic line, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
The four tracts lie in the northeast quadrant of the Ga. Highway 54 intersection with Tyrone Road and extends the Fayetteville city limits to Flat Creek Trail, nearly to Peachtree City.
Next step is a city application for approval of a Development of Regional Impact statement to the state.
Councilman Rich Hoffman, who made the motion to approve, said that the entire council was against the particular kind of data center called a data mining operation, which crunches cryptocurrency code.
An earlier Citizen story describes the run-up to the annexation and rezoning.
Data centers these days are highly automated and will bring little direct jobs and benefits to the people in the area. What it does bring is more taxes for ever growing government spending, at the expense of our natural resources and small town feel.
Please vote out Ed Johnson….he is a liberal and government proponent. If he had his way, we would have MARTA, public transportation, and Section 8 housing.
Fayetteville..you can do better than this guy. He’s a fox in sheep clothing
There’s a reason he was elected.
WOW, you’re a bright one
I just done see the benefit in this…
Done don’t ….autocorrect for the win.
Do you live in the Flat Creek Trail Corridor?
Think about moving here….some nice houses for sale now…more bang for your buck!
If there’s a deal or two to be had, I wouldn’t be opposed to buying. Real Estate in Fayette County is a great investment. This data center isn’t going to change that.
Progress C.B., it’s what we’re meant to do.
Exactly what constitutes “progress” to you?
This OUTRAGEOUS, RECKLESS and IRRESPONSIBLE annexation and rezoning approval constitutes a ‘BLACK DAY’ for Fayette County! 😡 🤬 🤯