The Newnan Times-Herald


Greentop rezoning request returns

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jan. 12, 2019 - 8:53 PM

A higher-density residential development along Greentop Road that was denied by the Coweta County Commissioners in 2014 is coming back – in a slightly scaled-down version.

After the commissioners voted unanimously to deny NCTI’s request to rezone 120 acres on Greentop to the RI-B infill district for 226 homes, the developer, represented by Jim Mottola, sued.

NCTI also moved forward with a request to be annexed into the city of Newnan, along with an adjacent property owned by the Barron family. When the Newnan City Council denied the Barron annexation in June 2015, the NCTI application was withdrawn.

Following the denial, the county commissioners took action to do away with the RI-B district all together. The medium density infill has a base density of 2.3 units per acre, and up to three acres with density bonuses and lot sizes as small as 1/5 of an acre. RI-B developments must be served by public sewer.

Two weeks after the June 4 denial of the NCTI project, the commissioners put a moratorium on requests to rezone to RI-B. In August of that year, the commissioners voted to remove the district from the zoning ordinance.

Now, “as part of ongoing litigation, the applicant has submitted a revised conceptual site plan with the application for consideration by the board on Feb. 5,” said Angela White, assistant director of development services for Coweta County. The public hearing will be held during that county commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

In late 2018, the case was moving toward trial, but in an order signed Nov. 21, Judge Dustin Hightower stated that both sides were not ready for trial, and discovery in the case was extended.

Instead of the original 226 lots, the new proposal is for 160 lots. The site plan still shows just one entrance to the subdivision.

The county’s ordinances only allow 49 homes to be built on one entrance, and the lack of additional entrances was an issue in the original zoning. The plan submitted at the time showed future connections through adjacent subdivisions, but residents of those subdivisions argued that those connections would not be allowed.

The property is long and thin, and adjoins both the Heritage Hills and Lake Hills subdivisions.