The Newnan City Council has green-lighted an ordinance to annex a seven-acre parcel of land into the city limits.
The proposed annexation located at the corner of Lora Smith Road and Lower Fayetteville Road would be the location of a proposed 20-unit subdivision created by Cranford Homes Inc.
Dapper’s Landing is designed to be the site of senior lifestyle cottages with a focus on small footprint housing, according to developer Billy Cranford who spoke during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. The proposed homes would be approximately 1,600 square feet and would sit on a lot size of 7,500 square feet.
“Our goal is highly sustainable, residential, high quality community marketed towards the seasoned empty nest buyer,” Cranford said.
Council also approved the rezoning of the property, currently zoned as rural conservation, to RU-7 – urban residential single family dwelling district. The district is designed to serve as transition districts between denser residential neighborhoods and less dense neighborhoods, according to City Manager Cleatus Phillips.
Phillips said the greatest impact will be increased traffic, which is estimated to generate 74 additional trips per weekday, 55 on Saturday and 47 on Sunday. Traffic signals were recently installed at both ends of Lora Smith, which have helped to address previous traffic flow issues, according to Phillips.
Public safety issues were also addressed. Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley indicated his department would be able to service the neighborhood and a mutual aid agreement with the county in place if needed. Police Chief D.L. “Buster” Meadows stated this will result in an increase on calls for service, but stated the department can handle the call volume.
However, it would cut into the response times as officers could be on other calls further away from the subject property, according to Meadows. He also stated that the increase in roadway frontage will produce more accident scenes.
Newnan Utilities will be able to provide water and sewer to the property, according to Scott Tolar, an engineer with the company. The development will be required to connect to Newnan Utilities water and sewer system and the developer shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with providing utility service to the property.
The council voted in favor of the rezoning unanimously. However, the proposal will require a second reading as Mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins was not in attendance on Tuesday. It must pass with a 7–0 vote.
The council also carried a motion to set a public hearing date for a moratorium on all new applications for rezonings, annexations and subdivisions of property.
The date is set for the July 18 city council meeting and is anticipated the temporary moratorium will run for 120 days or until the new zoning ordinance and map are officially adopted, whichever event occurs first, unless the moratorium is extended.
In other business, the council:
• Approved applications for alcohol business license transfers for Applebee’s - 971 Bullsboro Drive, and Chevron - 165 Temple Ave. A new license was granted for GeorgiaReeders Inc., located at 30 and 32 Perry St.
• Approved an agreement between Backstreet Community Arts Inc. and the city of Newnan through the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission to allow the two courts to partner and have Backstreet provide classes and workshops.
• Approved the Corner Arts Gallery Studio’s second annual Labor Day Festival on the downtown square adding closure of South Court Square for food trucks, entertainment and vendors on Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Approved a request from New Beginnings to use Lynch Pavillon all Tuesdays and Thursday this summer to give away free lunches for children through July 27.
• Carried motions to designate impact fee funds to the Newnan LINC program and a professional services agreement between the city and PATH foundation for the proposed Newnan Centre Connection.
• Approved consideration of the 2019 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) project list.
• Authorized the purchase of a landscape truck from Southtowne Motors for $40,081.
• Approved a $32,310.00 contract between the city and Columbia Engineering for designing a pedestrian tunnel for the proposed Newnan LINC, and to replace three existing corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culverts.
• Passed an amendment to the code ordinance regarding the definition of litter – citing litter as “organic or inorganic waste material, rubbish, refuse, garbage, trash, hulls, peelings, debris, ashes, sand, gravel, slag, brickbats, metal, plastic, and glass containers, broken glass, dead animals or intentionally or unintentionally discarded materials of every kind and description which are not “waste” as such term is defined O.C.G.A. §16-7-51, paragraph 6.”
• Granted extensions for repairs of properties located at 7 Upper Mann St. and 121 Pinson St.
Clay Neely: email@example.com, @clayneely