Let’s keep it the City of Homes

One of the great things about our city has always been the beauty of our neighborhoods.

Newnan is a great place to live because of the character and charm that each section of homes offers. My first day in Newnan, almost 30 years ago, I noticed the sign atop the now restored Carnegie Library: Newnan — The City of Homes.

This makes the decision by the Planning Commission to recommend the rezoning of 51-plus acres, to enable adding another 258 apartments, puzzling. The city adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2006 that promoted that growth be managed to maintain the special character of Newnan. Those 258 more apartments do not accomplish that. More traffic, children in the schools and less tax revenue per occupant do not improve the city’s charm and character.

The 250 apartments currently being built in Ashley Park will already place additional burdens on the services and infrastructure. Add this 258 and we have problems. Single-family homeowners have vested interests in maintaining property values. They are more involved in city activities, volunteerism and participation in local events. They pay property taxes and keep population density down to manageable levels. They take pride in their city.

This 258 apartment complex will offer none of those benefits. Every time the city has turned away from a bad idea, a better one has emerged. Looking at all the cities around Atlanta, Newnan is a jewel. We do not need substandard growth.

Mayor Brady and the Newnan City Council have done an outstanding job leading us through the incredible growth of the last decade. I trust they will continue to keep Newnan the City of Homes.

Don Bowen


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