An application for a controversial wedding and events venue on Cannon Road in Sharpsburg has been withdrawn.
Amy and Randall Hoppe had applied for a special use permit for a special events facility on 20 acres. The family planned to build a large barn and hold events such as weddings.
At a public hearing held before the Coweta County Board of Commissioners earlier this month, neighbors were out in full force to oppose the proposal. They expressed concerns about traffic, a change to the quiet rural nature of their area, and drunken “Cousin Eddies” causing problems.
The request had been set for a vote at the Dec. 5 meeting. However, Commissioner Tim Lassetter, who represents the area where the event facility would be located, was absent from the meeting. Because of this, the applicants asked to have their petition heard at the Dec. 17 meeting, with Lassetter in attendance.
Because the public hearing had already been advertised and several neighbors were in attendance, anyone who wanted to speak on the matter was allowed to speak. The public hearing would have continued at the Dec. 17 meeting.
On Friday, Randall Hoppe contacted the Coweta Community Development Department to withdraw the petition.
In his email, Hoppe stated that he had been looking at the numbers in more detail.
“Construction costs have risen to where we find it not feasible to continue at this point,” he wrote. “It would require working more and harder than we wish if we were to make a return on our investment."
At the public hearing, Hoppe said that they had had a couple of friends who got married at their home, and they decided to look into having an events venue. He said the venue would house a little over 100 guests. The Hoppes have lived on the property since 2017.
The Hoppe farm request wasn’t the only one delayed at the Dec. 5. meeting. Also on the agenda was a public hearing on light industrial for property on Alex Stephens Road at U.S. 29. That hearing will be held at the Dec. 17 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.
Several residents of Alex Stephens and Polk Road spoke against the rezoning, which would bring industrial development closer to their rural area. The property is currently zoned Rural Conservation.