County was right in denial of rezoning
The NTH presented Mr. Mottola’s arguments in support of his request for rezoning on Greentop Road, but ignored why the commission correctly rejected it.
The Coweta County Commission worked extensively over several years to develop a balanced Master Plan to protect Coweta County’s rural character using input from over 5,000 residents. No rational resident wants Coweta to turn into another Fayette, Fulton, or Clayton county with seemingly unplanned, chaotic growth, suffocating traffic, over-crowded schools, or the attendant exploding infrastructure and civic support costs.
The County Commission is elected by county residents to protect the quality of life and civic health and welfare of the county.
The Planning Department exists to advise, not dictate to, the County Commission. In the case of the Greentop Road rezoning request, the Planning Department reviewed the Mottola plans for compliance to R-IB specifications only. It has no authority to suggest that any such rezoning is acceptable in contravention of the Master Plan.
Mr. Mottola knew when he bought the property that it was zoned for Rural Conservation and minimum lot size of 1.6 acres per home. But now he wants to build up to 3 houses per acre on 120 acres. The County limits a subdivision to no more than 49 houses if it has a single entrance as his plan proposes. How could the Planning Department “approve” a 226-home plan that has only one entrance? It can’t.
County Ordinances specify: “A zoning ordinance can be challenged on the basis that it does not conform to the Master Plan, meaning that it does not meet with the spirit and the goals identified and laid out in the plan.” The existing zoning specified on the Master Plan for this property is Rural Conservation. There is no rational basis to challenge it.
The county commissioners clearly did the job they are elected to do when they rejected the inappropriate, misrepresented R-IB rezoning request for the Greentop Road property.
By doing so they sought to preserve the character of Coweta County that makes it such a great place to live and work, and rejected that Coweta land is no more than an ATM for speculators.
Frank D. Banta