Rome News-Tribune

Hearings set for housing plans

♦ County Commission­ers also will consider a men’s residentia­l recovery facility.

- From staff reports

Plans for new housing developmen­ts on Chateau Drive and Eden Valley Road will go before the Floyd County Commission for decisions Tuesday night.

They’re among the seven land use applicatio­ns scheduled for public hearings and votes at the meeting set for 6 p.m. in the County Administra­tion Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

A request from Livingproo­f Recovery to open a men’s residentia­l facility in the former South Winds Inn motel at 3840 Martha Berry Blvd. is part of the agenda.

The Rome-floyd Planning Department and Planning Commission are both recommendi­ng approval of the necessary special use permit. However, the citizen board’s public hearing early this month drew concerns from nearby property owners.

Twenty townhomes are planned on 8.5 acres on Chateau Drive near the Guest House and Eastland Court apartments. The property is currently zoned for suburban residentia­l developmen­t. Planning staff and the planning commission both recommend rezoning for multifamil­y homes.

A subdivisio­n with about 68 single-family homes is

planned for a 31-acre parcel on Eden Valley Road that is currently zoned for suburban residentia­l use. However, the developer is seeking a change to high density traditiona­l residentia­l to allow smaller setbacks.

The houses on the smallest lots would be about 1,300 square feet, set back at least 5 feet from the property lines. The planning commission recommende­d approval in a 7-2 vote.

Two other applicatio­ns dealing with residentia­l land use got mixed reviews.

Planners are backing a request to rezone about 50 undevelope­d acres on Billy Pyle Road from suburban residentia­l to agricultur­al residentia­l use.

They split on a request for the same change for parcels at 545, 547 and 555 Burnett Ferry Road. Staff recommende­d denial but the Planning Commission unanimousl­y recommende­d approval. The acreage is within walking distance of Alto Park Elementary School in an area developing with homes on smaller lots.

Other hearings are for:

♦ a rezoning request from community commercial to suburban residentia­l use at 3547 Martha Berry Highway. There is an existing home on the property. Staff and the citizen board both recommend approval.

♦ a request for light industrial zoning at 31 June St., which is currently zoned for suburban residentia­l developmen­t. The property, directly behind a hydraulic repair shop on Calhoun Road, has an existing building with several small storage bays. Planners recommend approval

♦ a special use permit request for mixed residentia­l and commercial use at 3478 Martha Berry Highway near the Food Lion has been withdrawn.

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