This proposed retirement community on Posey Road, Baker Road and Hollz Parkway was originally introduced a year ago, but has since been significantly expanded from 883 units to 1,236.
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners has approved a public hearing for a large proposed retirement community on Posey Road, which has grown since it was last proposed.
The hearing will relate to the rezoning of approximately 580.59 acres of land at Posey Road, Baker Road and Hollz Parkway for a large community designated as an active Del Webb community, over 55, in deed and Restricted Commitment”, which would be built by Pulte Group.
The public hearing is scheduled for September 20.
According to the Pulte Group website, Del Webb “is the nation’s leading builder of active adult communities designed to meet the needs of people ages 55 and older.”
Pulte is the same group that had proposed a large residential development on Green Top Road on the north side of Newnan, but that proposal was withdrawn last week in the face of legal challenges and public opposition.
The proposal is to rezone the land from RC, for rural conservation, to RRCC, or Residential Community Retirement and Care District. According to county documents, the proposal is for a neighborhood with a density of 2.13 units per acre and would be limited to 1,236 units.
County documents indicate that the applicant intends to build three sizes of homes, ranging from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet in one type of home, 2,000 to 2,500 square feet in a second type, and 2,500 to 3,000 square feet in a third.
The neighborhood appears to have been expanded from a previous proposal submitted last June.
Last year, the proposed neighborhood had 883 homes on five properties on 404 acres along Interstate 85 and Posey Road.
On the current property, there would be 371 units 42 feet wide, 571 units 52 feet wide, and 294 units 66 feet wide, for a grand total of 1,236.
The previous proposal had 259 units 42 feet wide, 430 units 52 feet wide and 194 units 66 feet wide.
There seems to be opposition to this proposed project. In an email shared with the Newnan Times-Herald, members of the Springwater Plantation expressed concerns about the environmental impact of the proposed neighborhood.
“We were always told that the land behind the Windermere subdivision could never be built because of all the water under the ground,” said Wendell Burdette, a nearby resident. “That’s why it’s called the Springwater Subdivision. When it rains, water still flows down the road two days later.
Burdette also said there was already a need for a roundabout at a nearby intersection, a four-way stop at Posey, Baker and Hammock Road, saying the traffic there “is crazy”.
According to county documents, the proposed community of Del Webb, at 2.13 units per acre, would have a higher density than neighboring Windermere and Whitewater subdivisions, which have densities of up to 1.23 units per acre.
The Newnan Times-Herald contacted Ernest Garrett, president of the Springwater Plantation Homeowners Association, which is leading a campaign among residents to shut down the proposed Del Webb community.
Residents will have the chance to have their say on the project, for or against, at the Coweta County Board of Commissioners meeting on September 20 at 6 p.m. at the Commission Chambers, located at 37 Perry Street in Newnan .