Welcome Road events facility gets approval

by Sarah Fay Campbell

A permit for a special events center on Welcome Road was approved Tuesday by the Coweta Board of Commissioners, with the addition of requirements for more extensive buffers around the 20-acre property.

John and Melissa Stuckey applied for a special use permit to operate the property at 1441 Welcome Road as a special events facility – Roanoke Farm Weddings and Events LLC.

The Stuckeys presented several letters of support from neighbors, and some neighbors also spoke in support at the public hearing.

However, a few neighbors voiced concerns.

Billy Perkins is concerned about a commercial venture “in the heart of our peaceful community.” He’s worried about loud music and traffic. Perkins also said the existing buffer is dying out.

Roy Yancey is also worried about traffic and safety issues.

An off-duty officer must be on hand during events, and alcohol can only be served by licensed caterers. The facility must also comply with noise rules, according to Zoning Administrator Angela White.

Commissioner Tim Lassetter made a motion to approve the permit, with the additional buffer requirements.

The vote was unanimous.

In other meeting business:

• A public hearing on the proposed abandonment of a portion of Wynn’s Pond Road was continued until July 1.

“We’d like to have proper time to notify the adjoining property owner,” said County Administrator Michael Fouts.

• The board voted to put in place a moratorium on RI-B rezonings until Aug. 19.

• The board voted to remove a condition regarding right-of-way dedication for a movie industry-related development on Chestlehurst Road near Senoia.

• The board approved closures on Dolly Nixon Road and Rockhouse Road for filming of “The Walking Dead.”

Rockhouse Road will be closed between Crawford Road and Old Hwy. 85 on Monday and Tuesday, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dolly Nixon will be closed from Luther Bailey Road to Garrison Chase on Wednesday and Thursday, from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday.

The Dolly Nixon closure will include the installation of a temporary ramp on the road. There will also be a controlled fire simulation.

• The board approved a conditional use permit and a setback variance for Oak Grove Baptist Church at 1809 Sewell Mill Road.

• The board approved the fiscal year 2015 agreements for the Coweta County Transit System.

During fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, the county will put out a request for proposals for new transit operators. The county has to seek new proposals for operators every few years.

“There is the potential that we may have another operator as we go through that process,” said Tavores Edwards, Coweta transportation manager.

“But we may have the same operator. It just depends on who provides the best proposal."



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