Three retirement communities approved
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Three retirement communities were approved Tuesday by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners approved the new Residential Retirement Community and Care District zoning for properties on Hollz Parkway, Arbor Springs Parkway, and Happy Valley Circle at Lake Redwine. The commissioners also approved a conditional use permit for an assisted living facility at the Hollz Parkway development.
The commissioners had delayed taking action on the rezonings at the April 22 meeting because of concerns with the enforcement of the 55 and over provision. Under the zoning classification, at least 80 percent of the homes/units must have at least one resident 55 or over. There are also restrictions on anyone under 18 living in the units.
County Attorney Jerry Ann Conner told the commissioners that a new condition had been added that requires the homeowners associations in the various communities to conduct annual audits to ensure that the required percentages are maintained.
During the development phases, if a community is found to not be in compliance with the age restrictions, the county can stop issuing building permits, Conner said.
Once the development is complete, the county would likely have to go to court to enforce it, if the homeowners association doesn’t. But the homeowners associations will likely be active, as it will be responsible for maintaining amenities. “Those kinds of HOAs seem to be very vibrant,” Conner said.
Powell Senior Village is proposed for 49 acres off Hollz Parkway. There will be an assisted living center, senior apartments, ranch style condos, townhouse flats and single-family homes, for a total of 238 units.
Commissioner Rodney Brooks added the condition that any attached structures be built of non-combustible materials and that the single-family units have “class A” exterior finishes. The assisted living facility will also have to be made of non-combustible materials.
Trivue Ltd. has proposed 78 units for 27 acres on Arbor Springs Parkway/Arbor Springs Circle.
The commissioners also approved a variance for the Trivue development that removed the 10-foot side setback requirement. As a condition, the homes must be at least 10 feet apart. Trivue was also granted reductions in the front and rear setbacks. The homes will range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet in size.
Happy Valley Development Group is proposing 42 units on 24 acres, adjacent to the Lake Redwine pool and amenity area. The homes will be in the 2,200-square-foot range.
The development will have its own homeowners association, but residents will also be members of the Lake Redwine Homeowners Association, and the senior community will use the existing amenities.
Two Lake Redwine residents spoke against the rezoning.
The rezoning was approved, with the condition that class A materials be used.