Last week, the Newnan City Council unanimously denied a rezoning request for proposed 96-unit affordable housing development that would have added yet another apartment complex to Greison Trail.
Residents voiced their concerns to the council, stating they aren’t against growth or even low-income housing. They’re just tired of the lions share coming to their corridor.
Brown’s Ridge homeowner Elizabeth Ray cited over 500 existing apartment units in their stretch between Bullsboro Drive and Lower Fayetteville Road. In her remarks to the council, she presented hard evidence regarding the impact of when low income housing is saturated to one particular area, including a spike in crime.
Several other residents shared similar feelings about how the development would impact emergency and school services, along with property values. In the end, the council agreed with the residents and voted against the rezoning.
While many complain about the continued growth of Newnan and Coweta County, there’s no denying that it’s inevitable. We live in a county with an exceptional school system and quality of life.
As the saying goes, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.
But even with a shortage of housing opportunities, we’re grateful that our city council isn’t in a hurry to approve any development that comes across their desk. This was a great example of city leaders choosing what kind of development will best represent the needs of the town and its citizens – both new and existing.
With the opening of McIntosh Parkway and the ability to connect Ashley Park to downtown Newnan in a streamlined fashion, having a low-income corridor showcased on the way doesn’t make much sense.
We applaud the council for doing the right thing and keeping an eye on the long-term vision of Newnan.