Plan­ning ap­proves, com­mis­sion ta­bles, spe­cial use per­mit for arena

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From Staff Re­ports

The Polk County plan­ning and zon­ing board met Aug. 31 and rec­om­mended ap­proval, with stip­u­la­tions, of a spe­cial use per­mit for the pur­pose of con­struct­ing and run­ning a rodeo arena on 17 acres on Raiford Road in Cedartown. The land is cur­rently zoned A-1.

County plan­ning and zon­ing di­rec­tor Carolyn El­liott said the zon­ing board for­warded their rec­om­men­da­tion to the County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, with the fol­low­ing stip­u­la­tions:

-No new events shall start af­ter 9:30 p.m.

-The vol­ume of the PA sys­tem should only be loud enough to reach cus­tomers within 300 feet of the arena.

-The arena will be al­lowed to op­er­ate un­til 9:30 p.m. on week­days and 11 p.m. on week­ends.

-Any light­ing to be in­stalled must not be so bright that it will dis­rupt traf­fic.

- Other com­pe­ti­tion events may be au­tho­rized if the county ap­proves a spe­cial use per­mit

El­liott said the stip­u­la­tions were the same as the Crazy T arena that has op­er­ated on Mor­gan Val­ley in Rockmart since 2006.

She said the only mem­ber of the public to speak on the ap­pli­ca­tion was an in­di­vid­ual who said he just wanted to make sure that the Rai­flord Road arena would be sub­ject to the same stip­u­la­tions that the Mor­gan Val­ley Road arena was.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was on the agenda for the Com­mis­sion’s Sept. 1 meet­ing, but the com­mis­sion voted to ta­ble it un­til the next meet­ing when the com­mis­sion could get more in­for­ma­tion about specifics like lay­out and traf­fic plan­ning.

“I want to make sure that they won’t be hav­ing them more than once a month as they have stated, and I want to see some plan of how they plan to han­dle the in­creased traf­fic that will come with it,” Com­mis­sioner Jason Ward said.

He also said he was con­cerned to know ex­actly what kind of eques­trian events will take place in the area, cit­ing an­i­mal rights is­sues as a po­ten­tial prob­lem.

Prop­erty owner Si­mon Pizano Cruz said in his ap­pli­ca­tion that he wants to build a me­tal rid­ing arena with a clear span width of 160 feet with re­mov­able sta­dium seat­ing in­side the arena.

Cruz plans to host a rodeo once a month and rent the arena for the rest of the month. Cruz said he an­tic­i­pates the arena will used for horse shows, bar­rel events and other eques­trian ac­tiv­i­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.