The Newnan Times-Herald


Brady: Joint planning group needed

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Apr. 14, 2018 - 3:01 PM

In recent months, Coweta County has created a Joint Comprehensive Transportation Coordinating Committee and a Parks and Recreation Task Force, which include representatives from the county and its municipalities.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady said he thinks a joint planning advisory board should be added to the mix.

“All of the cities in Coweta County and Coweta County itself have a state-mandated comprehensive plan,” Brady said at Friday’s meeting of the Newnan Rotary Club, held at the Newnan Country Club.

Those plans address service delivery and infrastructure improvements, as well as zoning and future land use.

“It’s time we all sat down together to discuss and show these plans would work in unison,” Brady said.

The committee’s recommendations wouldn’t be binding, but would provide a guideline for the future.

A recent request from a homebuilder to have property on Poplar Road annexed into the city has brought some controversy and opposition from nearby residents and Coweta County Commissioners.

After hearing from disgruntled Poplar Road residents at the March 20 county commission meeting, Commissioner Paul Poole said, "No matter how much good planning we do for the county, the cities can annex the land and change the whole picture."

“Well, the city hasn’t ever tried to annex anything – it is the property owner,” Brady said. “It’s generally because of the services they’ll receive, or the density."

Having county and city officials sitting down in the room together to understand where the cities want to grow and how those annexations and opportunities can be seen by the county is very important, Brady said.