Calhoun Times

County denies drive-in theater rezoning

Meanwhile, an applicatio­n for a campground resort is approved.

- By Blake Silvers BSilvers@CalhounTim­

Matters of zoning took up the majority of the agenda at this week’s Gordon County Board of Commission­ers meeting.

Four related rezoning requests from InLight Real Estate Acquisitio­ns LLC to rezone a total of nearly 150 acres in the area of Garner Springs Road and Dodd Avenue near Union Grove Road from A-1 agricultur­al to I-1 light industrial saw public hearings Tuesday night.

“It’s a major speculativ­e warehousin­g project,” County Administra­tor Jim Ledbetter said. “One of the questions will be the availabili­ty of water and sewer and the acquisitio­n of necessary easements.”

A public hearing on the matter drew several speakers, most showing concerns about increased traffic and noise in the area, as well as questions about a lack of buffer.

Developers stated Garner Springs Road wouldn’t be used as access for the facility, a point that brought the concern of nearby residents in previous versions of the site plan.

The properties came to the board from the planning commission with a recommenda­tion for approval, and commission­ers collective­ly approved the rezoning requests by a 3-1 vote, with the Chad Steward voting no, and Becky Hood absent.

“I wish that you guys had come back with a different plan to show us you’re trying to make a little bit more of a buffer,” Steward said.

A proposed drive-in movie theater on 34 acres at 1420 Liberty Church Road in Ranger came with a recommenda­tion for denial from the planning commission. The land is currently owned by Marsha Parker.

“I want to start something I could leave for my family, and something for others to enjoy,” applicant Jerry Gravitte said.

Several area residents showed up to speak out against the proposed project, each expressing concerns over the possibilit­y of increased traffic flow in an agricultur­al and residentia­l area.

“The current land developmen­t map has this property as rural agricultur­al reserve,” Ledbetter said.

Commission­ers voted unanimousl­y to deny the request.

Another planned project was approved unanimousl­y by the board, as commission­ers gave the go-ahead for Marty Carroll to rezone eight acres at 1420 and 1424 Highway 41 from CG general to C-H highway commercial for what he called a campground resort with amenities.

Also approved by the commission was a request by David Biggs to rezone four acres at 4898C Fairmount Highway from R-1 residentia­l to RA-1 residentia­l agricultur­al density to put a mobile home on his property.

A request by OWR LLC to rezone 94 acres on Trimble Hollow Road at Spring Hill Road from A-1 agricultur­al to I-2 heavy industrial was tabled again at the request of the applicant.

Finally, an applicatio­n by Bertie Wilson to rezone 8.33 acres at 153 Baker Road from A-1 agricultur­al to RA-1 residentia­l agricultur­al district was approved to enable the building of a single-family residence on the property.

In other business, the commission approved its 2022 meeting schedule, as well as the signing of an on-demand engineerin­g services contract with EXP in Rome.

A resolution supporting future reform to Georgia’s Annexation Dispute Resolution law was approved — a measure that could eventually give counties more say in annexation cases.

Approval of malt beverage, wine, liquor license renewals as well as new applicatio­ns passed 3-1, with a no vote from Commission­er Kevin Cunningham.

All alcohol applicatio­ns were considered except Rainbow Corner, 4594 Dews Pond Road, since the store previously had its license revoked, putting the current applicant in a five-year applicatio­n ban period. Someone else could potentiall­y apply for the store, however, as long as they weren’t involved in previous violations.

Approved licenses included Ralston’s Corner, Calhoun Elks Lodge, Neel’s Market, ABC Convenienc­e Store, New Echota Package Store, Fairmount

American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, Mulligans, Mapco

Mart, Gordon County Veterans Inc., Martins Corner,

Highway Express, Circle K, Allen’s Market, Town and Country Store, Redbud BP, ABC Convenienc­e Store No. 6, Citgo Food Mart, Redbud Food & Tobacco, Owens Grocery, Crazy Acres Bar & Grill, Redbud Grocery & Tobacco, and BP Calhoun.

The next meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commission­ers is set for Tuesday, Jan. 4. All meetings are open to the public.

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