Instead, the U.S. Postal Service is moving toward “cluster mailboxes,” similar to those seen in apartment complexes, for residential mail service.
On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county’s zoning ordinance to regulate the cluster mailboxes.
The changes also require legible house numbering for homes that don’t have a mailbox. “We have been informed that the local postmaster will determine mail deliveries in new residential subdivisions,” county Planning Director Robert Tolleson told the commissioners. “We felt like it would be proactive that we move forward with an ordinance to address these issues. We’ve been working with the fire marshal, building department, transportation and engineering and planning department,” Tolleson said, and they have reviewed similar ordinances from other communities.
Making sure all homes have addresses that are clearly visible is important, said Tolleson.
The ordinance is also designed to ensure that the cluster mailbox stations are safe and handicapped-accessible.
Commissioner Paul Poole asked if there would be any type of security at the mailbox stations.
“Hopefully, lighting will be established,” Tolleson said.
The postmaster will have to approve the location of all cluster mailboxes.
The address signage will have to be no more than 10 feet from the driveway and no more than 25 feet from the road, according to the ordinance, and numbers must be at least 4 inches tall.