Retirement communities proposed for Coweta

by Sarah Fay Campbell


Above is a computer-generated image of a new retirement community already benefiting Coweta County citizens. 

In November 2013, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved a new zoning category for retirement communities.

Now there are three requests coming before the commission for rezoning to the new RRCC: Residential Retirement Community and Care District.

Two requests are for active adult communities, while a third is for an active adult community and an assisted living facility. There is a fourth request for a standalone assisted living facility.

Public hearings on all four rezoning requests will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. before the county commissioners. The commissioners will also vote on the required conditional use permit for the assisted living facility that is planned as part of one of the projects.

Two of the retirement communities are proposed for sites adjacent to upscale residential subdivisions: Arbor Springs and Lake Redwine.

Trivue Ltd., represented by Dan Zavada, is seeking to rezone 27 acres on Arbor Springs Parkway/Arbor Springs Circle from RD - Two Family Residential to RRCC. Plans are for 78 units with sidewalks, golf cart paths, gardens and a club house. The units will be single family detached “courtyard” homes as well as two-stories with basement options. The county planning department is recommending approval.

Happy Valley Development Group, represented by Jim Mottola, is seeking to rezone 24.27 acres at the southwest quadrant of Happy Valley Circle and Redwine Plantation Drive. The proposal is for an active adult community with 42 units, of approximately 1,200 square feet each. There would be pedestrian paths, gardens, passive parks and dog walks. The community would be served by two decentralized sewer systems.

The applicants propose to use the existing clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pools and other amenity areas in Lake Redwine. However, under the RRCC zoning ordinance, amenities must be within the boundary of the RRCC district, unless an exception is allowed.

The planning department is recommending approval.

JHP Family Investments is proposing a “Senior Village Center" for property on Hollz Parkway off Hwy. 34 East. The 49-acre tract would contain an Independent living community, assisted living and hospice.

The project would include a 28-acre village center with assisted living, a community center, senior apartments, ranch style condos and townhouse flats, with a total of 380 units. The village annex would have 20 acres with senior condos, carriage house villas and senior cottages, with 87 units. There would be parks and gardens, as well as the community center.

JHP Family Investments has applied for a conditional use permit to allow the 48,000-square-foot assisted living and hospice facility, which will have 238 units.

The Coweta Board of Zoning Appeals held a public hearing on the conditional use permit April 1, and recommended approval.

The planning department is recommending approval of the rezoning.

JHP had previously applied for multi-family zoning to develop a continuing care retirement community on 30 acres in the same area. That rezoning was denied in August 2013. The vote to deny was 4 to 1.

At the time, Joe Powell of JHP said he thought the commissioners should have given a reason for their decision.

"I didn't see a single reason that they could have come up with to deny our project except they they wanted to deny it," he said. "It seems, to me, it was the perfect thing to go there.”

Lastly, Vijay Tummala is proposing an assisted living facility for 32 acres behind Tractor Supply and the Publix at Glenda Trace. The site is off Highway 34 East near Thomas Crossroads.

Tummala is seeking to have the property zoned O-I, Office Institutional. The property is currently zoned C-6, Commercial Minor Shopping District, and RC, Rural Conservation. A portion of the property contains a decentralized wastewater treatment system that served Tractor Supply before the store was tied onto public sewer.

The proposal is for three single-level buildings with 80 beds and 18 staff. The facility would be built in phases.

The planning department is recommending approval.

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