Wednesday, July 16, 2008

54 West CCD - Round 3

It appears after the Council Meeting, as described in my last post on this issue, another permit request was submitted... and again denied.

The rejection this time said:
  • The spacing is approximately 800'.
  • Minimum required spacing is 1,000'.
  • The plans needs to be reevaluated and include alternatives such as:
    • Right in/right out only access to 54.
    • Connections to the McDuff and Planterra Way lights.
    • Closing the median strip on 54.
    • Combinations of the above.
  • The above options would provide safer traffic circulation within the development and reduce impact on 54.
  • The revised study and plan must be approved by Peachtree City.
  • A plan approved by Peachtree City must then be submitted to and approved by the GDOT along with a driveway permit application.
Here are issues with these options:
  • Right in/Right only only:
    • Would require a U-Turn for west bound traffic to access the site.
    • Makes exiting the site more difficult and dangerous in heavy traffic.
    • Drivers wanting to go to Walmart, etc., would have to cross traffic to the get to the turn lane in a very short driving distance. There will be accidents.
    • How many Big Boxes would rent in at a site with no light? Or stay over time?
  • Connecting to the Planterra Way issues:
    • Would only go to Planterra Way, not Huddleston.
    • Would promote cut through traffic in Planterra.
    • Right in/right on only on Planterra Way has already been deemed too dangerous.
  • Connecting to McDuff:
    •  Forces west bound entry and east bound exit traffic to be on 54 longer.
    • Offers no traffic relief, as the Secondary Road to Huddleston would, thus promoting future cut through traffic on Planterra Way.
There are also the issue that the Special Use Permit was conditioned upon getting the light and the road abandonment upon getting the Special Use Permit.

As said before, this is far from over.

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