Planning approves, commission tables, special use permit for arena
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.