Newnan Council

Rezoning denied for Newnan Crossing apartments

by Celia Shortt

In a split vote Tuesday, Newnan City Council denied a rezoning request that would have allowed construction of a 258-apartment complex.

Turnstone Holding LLC applied to rezone almost 52 acres off Newnan Crossing Boulevard East to develop the apartment complex and other commercial and office uses.

In its Jan. 14 meeting, the city council was told the request was before the city planning commission. At Tuesday’s meeting, the planning commission gave a report on the request and factors involved with allowing an apartment complex to be developed there.

The report outlined possible impacts and factors of the proposed apartment complex:

• Fire Marshal Tim Cox indicated the fire department would be able to service the location, and he could see no negative impacts from the proposed rezoning and apartment complex.

• Newnan Utilities officials also stated in the report that the water and sewer systems were large enough to handle the complex.

• Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows said the proposed apartment complex would result in an increased number of calls that would be an additional cost to the police department.

• Ronnie Cheek, director of facilities for the Coweta County School System, expressed some concern over challenges in enrollment planned because apartment complexes tend to be more transient than single-family developments. In the report, he also mentioned that many of the schools serving the area are near capacity and asked that the developer provide advanced notice of the construction schedule for planning purposes. • In the report, Turnstone Holding LLC estimated the tax revenue from the project to be just over $31,000 annually.

• According to findings in the report, the rezoning and proposed apartment complex would not be consistent with the future land use map which was adopted in 2006.

The city council approved the planning commission's report on the rezoning request and Councilmember Cynthia Jenkins made a motion to approve Turnstone Holding LLC’s request with conditions.

Her motion, however, failed. She and Councilmember Clayton W. Hicks voted for it with the rest of the council and Mayor Keith Brady voting against.

At the end of the meeting Councilmember George Alexander made a motion to deny Turnstone’s rezoning request based on “ample units zoned for apartments to meet needs or impact the school and other services inconsistent” with the comprehensive plan.

The motion to deny passed with Jenkins and Hicks both voting against it.

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