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Large, dense subdivision headed for the westside


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Dec. 17, 2019 - 11:20 AM

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Large, dense subdivision headed for the westside

Knight Development

A 190-home development with commercial sector is proposed for property off Franklin Highway near Welcome Road.


A large, medium-density residential development with a commercial sector is planned for property along Hwy. 34 West, near the intersection with Welcome Road.

“Chapel Hill” is proposed to have 190 homes on 102 acres, with a 10-acre commercial area. Knight Development is the developer.

The property borders Wallace Gray Road on the southwest and is separated from Thomas Way by a utility easement.

The proposed commercial area and main entrance would be off Hwy. 34 just west of the intersection with Welcome Road, next to Don’s Automotive and Trinity Baptist Church.

The property was zoned back in 2006, with the residential zoned to the county’s R2 zoning district and the commercial area is zoned C-6, Commercial Minor Shopping District.

The C-6 allows small commercial, with no single unit over 35,000 square feet, according to Angela White, assistant community development director for zoning. A shopping area similar to the Sargent Plaza shopping center would be allowed under the C-6. At the time of the rezoning, the developer was D.R. Horton Inc.

White said that the county hasn’t received any plans yet for the commercial sector.

The R2 zoning is a two-family residential zoning, but in this case, the property was zoned R2 with the condition that it was for a single-family development.

The maximum allowed density is 2.5 units per acre. Chapel Hill is proposed for 2.24 units per acre, once floodplain and wetlands are subtracted out. Lots can be as small as 8,500 square feet or 1/5th acre.

Homes can be as small as 1,500 square feet, but at least 65 percent of the homes must be larger than 1,700 square feet. The county’s current minimum square footage for residentially zoned homes is 1,725 square feet.

Sewer service will be provided by Newnan Utilities, but water service will be by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority.

As a condition of the original zoning, a traffic study must be done to determine needed improvements along Wallace Gray Road, Hwy. 34 and Ishman Ballard Road associated with the development. The developer will be required to fully fund any needed improvements identified in the traffic study.

There are two existing R2 zoned developments in the county, both apartments and both on Roscoe Road: Valleybrook and Overby Park. There is additional property adjacent to Valleybrook, behind the Chevron station, that is also zoned R2.

The developers of Chapel Hill are asking for front yard setback variances for some lots. The variance request was heard in November by the Coweta Board of Zoning Appeals, with a recommendation for approval. The matter will go before the Coweta County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Some setback variances were granted at the original rezoning, White said. The developers are asking for a 10-foot setback reduction on most lots and a 20-foot reduction on corner lots. The request is for uniformity and to avoid odd sidewalk designs, according to White.