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Callula Hills rezoning comes back for 2nd PTC try

Developer wants 80 homes, event center overlooking Lake McIntosh ... near Falcon Field

A Newnan company has renewed a bid to rezone 37 acres of industrial property near Lake McIntosh and Falcon Field in Peachtree City to develop an 80-home subdivision and an “event center” with 12 overnight villas.

The Callula Hill proposal was the center of controversy when it was withdrawn in July 2009 by Pathway Communities. The 37-acre site is on land zoned for industrial use and is surrounded by tracts already used by industries and businesses; it is not contiguous to any residentially-zoned property.

The parcel is also adjacent to the Planterra Ridge golf course and near the future Lake McIntosh, both of which make this site ideal for residential development, Pathway officials argued in 2009.

Part of the plans include lake view homes which would not have access to the lake. The land is currently zoned for industrial use and the rezoning request is for limited use residential.

The Peachtree City Planning Commission is scheduled to review the proposal in a workshop format with no vote anticipated on Aug. 13. The plan is for the rezoning public hearing in front of the planning commission to be heard Sept. 10 with a potential vote from council at the Oct. 4 council meeting, according to city planning staff.

When the proposal was under consideration in June 2009, former Falcon Field airport manager Jim Savage noted that planes might fly above the subdivision and event center at less than 150 feet if it were to be developed. On takeoff during summer conditions, jet aircraft and large propeller powered aircraft may take off less than 200 feet above the ground, Savage added.

The site has a new owner, a company in Utah, and a new developer: Phoenix Development Team of Newnan. Phoenix is staffed by former Pathway staffers Gene Lavine, Jeff Carson and Peggy Sullivan. The property is now owned by Lake McIntosh Vista, LLC, which has an address in Peoa, Utah.

Phoenix is renewing the exact same application made by Pathway in 2009, which proposes “three major park areas” with active and passive activities for residents along with a fitness trail and a multi-use path system.

The event facility proposed for the site would be on eight acres and the entire parcel would reserve five acres for greenbelts and open space. The proposal also included locating the homes using five-foot setbacks from the road serving the development.

The planning commission in 2009 voted 3-2 to recommend rezoning for the parcel, but the two commissioners who voted “no” cited the potential problems of being located close to the airport and businesses in the industrial park.

Since the developer withdrew the proposal in July 2009, the City Council never acted on it.

The final say on all rezoning matters rests with the council, as the planning commission is tasked only with making recommendations when evaluating a rezoning petition.

Pathway had proposed adding a deed covenant noting that the subdivision “lies immediately adjacent and contiguous to the well-established flight path used regularly by aircraft approaching and departing the runway at the airport.”

The development will require the extension of Husky Drive to the property, a cost that will be borne by Phoenix Development. To address a problem with connectivity to the city’s golf cart path system, Pathway proposed to build a golf cart path along Dividend Drive from TDK Boulevard up to Kelly Drive where a current cart path crossing exists to traverse Ga. HIghway 74 and link to the rest of the city.

Phoenix is estimating that the development will add approximately 900 trips per day onto Ga. Highway 74 south compared to the 2007 usage of 16,000 trips per day prior to the road being widened to four lanes.



rail road's picture

37 acres minus 8 acres for the proposed event facility and minus the 5 acres for greenbelts and open space that leaves 24 acres for 80 homes. These homes will be on very small lots. Maybe if there was less homes it might make it better for our area.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Just a simple NO vote - just like last time and move on.

Or you should be aware that the company that got this property out of the Pathways foreclosure probably only paid 30% of previous value, so if you (meaning PTC city council) are inclined to approve something - be sure to hold them up for maximum developer contributions. Something like a school, oh no we don't need any more of them for a while. Maybe a covered pool, no, no, got one.
How about a senior center? A dog park? Soccer fields? Gee, I can't think of anything original. Ice rink?

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mudcat's picture

Of course he's not doing anything about it, but leave him alone.

Doug Mitchell is moving west and he's doing it with money obtained by fraud. I know, you are shocked that such a thoughtful and considerate loving man (per M. Hayhurst) would steal away into the night. None of you would be shocked that the scam man still scams, but there it is. Like Jim Croce - he's got a razor in his shoe. Except this time it is a tracking device. Getting a Google Earth fix on his house/ranch tomorrow and sending it to the Feds. Or maybe I did it yesterday. Oh well. He's wanted for 2 counts of big time malfeasance and will probably go down this time. Perp walk coming.

is going on here?

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Not sure why just removing the deposed Calligula from the zoning application without making any changes at all would make this project any less repulsive, but we shall see. The anti-Mitchell sentiment being removed will allow planners and staff to concentrate on the merits or demerits of the project.

Good sense of humor, Peggy. It could only be Peggy that picked the name Phoenix - rising from the ashes of the Pathways meltdown. A lot of good people got hurt in all that - simply because one individual misread strong market indicators or perhaps he just didn't take the advice of those surrounding him.

Where is Doug Mitchell anyway?

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mudcat's picture

Residential zoning is the largest consumer of tax dollars - mostly because the cost of kids in school far outweighs 1 family's tax bill. Industrial zoning produces much greater tax revenue and consumes very few tax dollars - unless you are Photocircuits and stink up the place with your chemicals.

Just kidding, I added that last part. But Mitchell was correct about Residential vs. Industrial and was loyal to the concept of never converting Industrial land to Residential for over 30 years. Well, maybe just once. The Planterra Ridge thing was kind of forced on him, but that doesn't give him or his survivors the right to piggyback on that mistake. And it doesn't make sense to put residential in a spot surrounded by industrial and at the end of an airport runway. Use some common sense.

Turn down the zoning and the property becomes even less valuable and Cannongate can buy it and add another 9 holes to the golf course. Wouldn't that be nice?

I have been told Mr. Mitchell is in a little-known section of the witness protection program that specializes in deficit judgement cases. Ironic in a way. He comes here in 1979 to manage the foreclosed land that Equitable acquired from Bessemer. Now 33 years and 3 wives later, some of that same land is foreclosed again, but this time Mitchell is the debtor in default. Geeez. Full circle.

Steve Brown's picture

Instead of the lunacy of Callula Hills with high end homes under the flight path of the airport - later leading to expensive lawsuits and hardship on the airport - the site would an absolutely perfect corporate headquarters and/or conference center.

It's close to the airport, close to golf, close to shopping and has a view of the lake. The land owners need to stop whining about more residential in industrial zoning and keep pitching a corporate HQ.

Steve Brown's picture

This was a very bad idea years ago and it is still a very bad idea today!

new name is still a bad idea. So, these guys were smart enough to try to get in through the back door---see, it's not us--we have a new name and everything and gee, even new owners listed for the property. I certainly hope this does not pass. I can just see all the tenants being up in arms about the planes flying so low over their lovely new homes. This was a bad idea, is a bad idea and will always be a bad idea regardless of who is behind it.

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