Downtown Fact or Fiction?

There is so much development happening in Downtown Fayetteville, it can be confusing to keep up with all of the details. As with anything the City of Fayetteville undertakes, transparency with the community is vital, so we believe it is important to clear up misunderstandings.

Below, you will find commonly raised issues along with the City’s answers to them.

If you have questions and concerns not addressed here, please contact Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer: bwismer@fayetteville-ga.gov, 770-719-4175.

Walton Communities Downtown Apartment Complex

Walton Communities is building a 270-unit apartment complex on land adjacent to what will become the City of Fayetteville’s new downtown park. Following are several incorrect assertions that have been floating around for a few weeks.

  1. “City of Fayetteville zoning disallows apartment density in C-1 zoning.” False. In the C-1 zoning district, there is no minimum dwelling size for a mixed-use development, which is what Walton Communities is building here in Fayetteville.
  2. “Walton Communities’ new apartment complex will not have enough parking to satisfy the City ordinance.” While the City does normally require two parking spaces per dwelling, variances are granted in cases where parking needs will be mitigated in some other way. The City has a long-standing precedent that assumes the developer knows best how much parking is needed. This approach improves stormwater runoff and often provides for a more aesthetically pleasing site development.

Downtown Apartments and Traffic Congestion

  1. “More downtown apartments will bring more traffic congestion.” The major culprit leading to Fayetteville’s high traffic volume has more to do with people traveling through Downtown Fayetteville than to do with people traveling to a destination within the Downtown District.. A most recent example is the Meridian at Lafayette apartment complex located on Hwy. 54 between Lafayette Avenue and Sharon Drive. Meridian has around 95 percent of its 210 apartments leased, and the traffic impact of those residents is almost unnoticeable.
  2. “More housing downtown will create traffic gridlock.” Traffic studies are underway as part of the overall Downtown Redevelopment Plan, and we are planning to create more connecting streets in the downtown area to establish a sort of grid system, which will give commuters more options for navigating through, which will be especially helpful during peak traffic times.