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November 14, 2018 Page 7C iReporter By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission ap- proved a zoning change that will allow Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Smith to use a Berner Avenue property as a base for his mobile veterinary practice. It also approved a conditional use request to use several acres near Exit 186 at 1-75 as a vehicle storage lot as it re- viewed proposals that will go forward to city council for the final say. Smith asked that 2.3 acres on Bemer Avenue be rezoned from Traditional Neighborhood to Highway Business. Smith operated a permanent veterinary office in Forsyth for 22 years and now has a self- contained mobile clinic that serves Monroe County on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and one Saturday morning per month. He pulls tents from his van and returns everything to his van at the end of the service time. He said he has no inten- tion of reestablishing a permanent location but would like to buy the prop- erty on Bemer Avenue and improve it to suit the needs of his practice. He will pave a portion of it and may eventually put up a covered garage that would be an as- set for hot days or inclem- ent weather. Although it is a comer lot, all ingress and egress are planned from Berner Avenue. Planning commission member Steve Coleman asked Smith why he was re- questing Highway Business zoning instead of Office Professional since it seemed that Office Professional zoning would fit with his plans. Coleman said that Highway Business is prob- ably the city's least restric- tive zoning and leaves the property "wide open" for what anyone might want to do with it. Smith said he would be happy with any kind of commercial zoning and asked if the city has a 'Commercial' designation. Coleman said that it used to but no longer has 'Com- mercial." "Why not Highway Business?" asked Kerri Swearingen, a real estate agent involved in the sale of the property to Smith. She said that she and Forsyth Economic Development Director Tammie Pierson decided to request that designation after looking through Forsyth's zoning ordinances. Coleman said that he is thinking about what might be done with the property in the future, especially since it is near a lumber company. "We may be opening Pandora's Box by zon- ing something Highway Business when it's not on a highway7 said Planning commission member Hal Clarke. Planning commission chairman Martin Presley suggested a conditional use permit for the property that would allow Smith to use the property as requested for as long as he owns it but would require a new owner to seek rezoning if he or she wanted to use it differ- ently. He said that the use would be monitored by the requirement for a business license and for permits for any kind of building. After Coleman read the uses allowed under Office Professional, Smith said he would ask for rezoning to Office Professional. The board voted unanimously to recommend approval of that re-zoning to council and wished Smith good luck with his plans. Meanwhile, Justin Camp- bell, owner of Unique Auto Sales, won initial approval to store cars at two lots near 1-75 Exit 186 (Tilt College Drive/Juliette Road) that are zoned Highway Busi- ness. Campbell operates a wholesale vehicle company based in Bolingbroke; his business has outgrown his available space and he needs temporary space for cars as his business ex- pan&. Campbell said that the cars he imports from Canada must be kept at a licensed address for 30 days before he can market them and move them to other destinations. He said . House shg 9 (Soft Washing) . Driveways ,Commercial Bu in ,Sidewalks / Wal ways this is required by federal DOT guidelines. He plans to build fences to secure the area. Campbell expects to store about 200 cars on the property at first and expects it to be fewer as the operation gets rolling. Campbell said he pre- fers to keep h!s business in Bolingbroke but is also looking at a tract in Hous- ton County if his expan- sion plans in Bolingbroke don't work out. He is going before Monroe County Planning & Zoning next week with his plans for the Bolingbroke property he wants to buy. It would then be about six months before he can finish building on that property. Clarke said that his family is involved in the sale of the Bolingbroke property, but city attorney Bobby Melton said Clarke did not need to be recused since he has no interest in the Forsyth proper . "I want to commend you for how your business looks in Bolingbroke" said Presley, pointing out how clean and organized the property and vehicles look. Campbell said the vehicles stored on the Forsyth property, which is near Holiday Cove Apart- ments, will be 2017 and 2018 models. He does no retail business; there will be no buyers looking at cars. The cars are destined for out-of-state delivery, such as Texas. He said he sells about 700 cars per month and about 20 percent of them are from Canada. Planning & Zoning recommended that condi- tional use be approved for six months for use of the property as an open storage yard, a use permitted under Highway Business zoning. Presley said that Campbell can ask for an extension if he needs it. the Monroe County :i'i i!! / ": Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! Come One; Come All to the Forsyth Foxhunt Please join Leadership Monroe 2018 for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Forsyth Foxhunt the November 29, 2018 at 1OA.M. 68 N. Lee Street, Forsyth, Georgia pocket park next to the Welcome Center If you enjoy local history, a little mystery, and short walks, you'll love Forsyth's Foxhunt! The Forsyth Foxhunt is a new public art installati9n and permanent scavenger hunt searching for eight friendly foxes throughout Forsyth's historic downtown. The Foxhunt begins at the park next to the Forsyth Convention & Visitors' Bureau (CVB), 68 N. Lee Street. To find the foxes, follow the clues that will take you around downtown Forsyth. Once you've found Doc, Bess, Rose, Libby, Tod-Lee, Thomas, Justice, and Harris, 'ou'll have walked about 1.5 miles and learned some fun and interesting facts about the history of our small town. The Leadership Monroe Class of 2018 created Forsyth Foxhunt in hopes that this family-friendly activity will draw locals and visitors alike to our thriving, historic downtown district. Whether you're a native Forsythian or just pass- ing through, the Forsyth Foxhunt is a fun learning experience for all ages. Our mischievous mascots have hidden themselves in and around the downtown square. Each fox has its own history to tell. You can find clues for the Foxhunt in the brochure at the CVB or online (https://sites.google.com/view/forsyth- foxhunt). Once you've solved each due, you'll find a small bronze fox designed and sculpted by local artist Pat Burns. Leadership Monroe 2018 could not have completed the Forsyth Foxhunt without the support of the following sponsors: Monroe County Middle School United Bank Hopkins & Associates LLC Ogelthorpe Power Volume Chevrolet Buick Sam & Sloan Oliver Middle GA Realty, Inc. The Monroe County Reporter Southern Smiles Tommy Johnston State Farm Forsyth CableNet Planters & Citizens Bank Monroe County Adult & Community Education Monroe County Family Connection Untied Bank Wealth Management Services Leadership Monroe Class of 2018 City of Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau Steve Coleman & Associates, Inc. American Craftsman Homes Pat DeVane Burns Fine Art