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'o" Rei3Orter,=o, RESULTS BY T GOVERNOR TOTALS Bentons Brantleys Burgays Cabaniss Cox Culloden Dillards Evers Forsyth High Falls Kelseys Middlebrooks Proctor's Russellville ~ ~:: :: ~i : ~ ~: ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~ :: ~ :~':~ ~'~ ~ "~::~ '~ : : ~" ~':: SHERIFF TOTALS Bentons Brantleys Burgays Cabaniss Cox Culloden Dillards Evers Forsyth High Falls Kelseys Middlebrooks Proctor's Russellville SPLOST TOTALS Bentons Brantleys Burgays Cabaniss Cox Culloden Dillards Evers Forsyth High Falls Kelseys Middlebrooks Proctor's Russellville By Rk rd Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The owner of a Bolingbroke- based auto business withdrew on Tuesday; Nov. 6 his request to move his company to Bolingreen Drive. On behalf of Unique Auto Sales, Steven Rowland of Macon-based Rowland Engineering asked Monroe County Commission- ers to re-zone 90.11 acres of a 124-acre tract from residential to commercial and also asked for a conditional use variance in com- mercial zoning to make way for the business to re-locate its main lot from its present location on Rivoli Road to Bolingreen Drive. Rowland said business owner Justin Campbell wants Unique Auto Sales to remain close to 1-75 and said the company would build a 25,000 square-foot service facility along with a 20-acre fenced parking lot to store as many as 1,000 vehicles. A number of nearby residents opposed the re-zoning. Sleepy Creek resident Mike Bilderback, a former county commission chairman, said Rowland's re-zoning request was an example of "spot zoning" Bilderback instead suggested Unique Auto Sales re-locate to one of the Development Author- ity of Monroe County's industrial sites. Commission chairman Greg Tapley replied that Campbell had previously met with the Develop- ment Authority but was unable to strike a deal. Pate Road resident Jordan Burnsed, a security advisor for Fortune 100 companies, said the business could bring crime, including vehicle theft, to the area, Burnsed said preventing crime would require substantial light pollution. He also said he was concerned about vehicle emissions and the possibility that Campbell's business could expand considerably once it re-locates. Burnsed also said he was con- cerned about 600 tractor-trailers per month turning out onto Pate Road, saying the road is not equipped for that type of traffic and noting that the Pate Road bridge over 1-75 was damaged by fire several years ago. Field Springs Court resident Kerry Howell said the Pate Road exit does not have any com- mercial property, noting that not having an entrance ramp onto 1-75 North from Pate Road prevents fast food restaurants and gas stations from locating there. Howell, who said his only elected political experience is serving as the secretary for the North Rivoli Farms homeowners' association, said Unique Auto Sales' re- location would be the first step to south Monroe County leaving the rural, residential feel for which it's known. North Rivoli Farms Drive resident Susan Slappey, whose 25- acre tract backs up Unique Auto Sales' proposed facility, said she's concerned about her property value dropping. Jerry Lumley, an attorney representing the Glen Merry and North Rivoli Farms homeown- ers' associations, agreed, saying commercial business does not fit with surrounding neighborhoods. Lumley said he also feared the business would create noise and could disrupt emergency vehicles from easily accessing Bolingreen Health & Rehabilitation, located just south of the site. After about 40 minutes of discussion, Rowland asked to address the board a second time, saying he had been notified by Campbell, who was in the room but did not speak publicly, that he wanted to withdraw his re-zoning request. If Campbell's request had been rejected by commissioners, he would have had to wait a mini- mum of one year to re-apply. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board failed to take action on Campbell's request at an Oct. 29 meeting, leaving the final say up to commissioners on Nov. 6. e e By Richard Dumm forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commissioners denied on Tuesday, Nov. 6 developers' request to lower the lot width requirements for a proposed subdivision at the intersection of Hwy. 41 South and Sanders Road. On behalf of the project's developers Three Oaks Construction and Develop- ment and New Atlantic Realty, Steven Rowland of Macon-based Rowland Engi- neering asked commissioners for variances in residential zoning allowing the 105.49 acres within the proposed subdivision to have minimum lot frontage widths of 120 feet, instead of the required 150 feet, and a minimum paved radius of 48-feet and right-of-way of 60 feet for cul-de-sacs instead of the required 60-foot radius and 75-foot right-of-way, respectively. Rowland said the proposed radius and right-of-way for cul-de-sacs meets the international fire code standards and said the county's zoning ordinance size requirements are "overkill." Rowland told commissioners that homes within the proposed subdivision would be a minimum size of 2,400 square feet to 2,800 square feet and would be valued at about $400,000. Rowland added the proposed development will have an under- ground septic system. Three Oaks Construction and Develop- ment owner Matt Gilbert said the num- ber of homes in the subdivision would decrease from about 87 to about 70 if the variance requests were denied. Rowland initially asked for a variance to decrease the required one-acre minimum lot size as well, which would have increased the total number of lots to 98, but the devel- opers withdrew that request after objec- tions from nearby residents at an Oct. 29 Monroe County Planning & Zoning board meeting. A number of nearby residents opposed the variance requests. Sanders Road resident David Rowntree, whose home adjoins the subdivision, said he's concerned about the density of homes in the 105-plus acre tract, which could increase traffic in the area and also could pose water run-offissues that could flood his low-lying property. Lorraine Woods Drive resident Bowden Oakes said his water pressure isn't good now and said he's concerned that 87 more homes would create additional water strain. we all gonna take a bath just once a week?" Oaks asked in jest. Field Springs Court resident Kerry Howellsaid there was no hardship in this instance that necessitates granting the developers a variance. Howell, who labeled south Monroe County "a rare treasure" noted that the county's zoning ordinance was just updated one month earlier and said altering its regulations immediately after its approval would set a bad prec- edent of which future developers could take advantage. Howell also said he took offense to an earlier comment District 4 commissioner George Emami made about how commercial tracts are necessary for county property taxes, saying residential landowners pay plenty in taxes. "South side of Monroe County, we carry our weight;' Howell said of the county's tax burden. Jerry Lumley, an attorney representing the homeowners' associations of Glen Merry and North Rivoli Farms, apologized for an earlier criticism of the county's zon- ing notification procedures that tweaked District 3 commissioner John Ambrose. After about 45 minutes of discussion, Ambrose, in whose district the proposed subdivision would be built, motioned to deny the developers' variance requests, which was seconded by District 2 com- missioner Eddie Rowland. Commissioners then approved by a 4-0 vote to deny the variance requests. District 4 commissioner George Emami abstained. 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