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November 28, 2018 Reporter Page 7C By Rkhard Dumas forsyfh@mymcr.net Monroe County Commission- ers approved on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to re-zone 23 acres on Old Popes Ferry Road from residential to commercial to allow for office buildings. On behalf of the developer Old Popes Ferry Partners, LLC, Steven Rowland of Macon-based Rowland Engineering also asked commissioners to grant a condi- tional use variance in commercial allowing for the subdivision of the tract at 234 Old Popes Ferry Road into five lots where metal warehouse commercial buildings can be built. Rowland said all five lots would be at least two acres in size but did not specify a build- ing size. He said the warehouses would typically have small offices in front and would be marketed to landscape, plumbing, electrical businesses, etc. Commissioners approved the measure with several condi- tions. Commissioners required the buildings to be single-story with the highest metal buildings being 30 feet tall in maximum height. They also required a 75-foot planted buffer separat- ing the commercial tracts from neighboring residential lots and a minimum of 10 perceat of each building's square-footage to be used as office space. A number of nearby residents opposed Rowland's re-zoning request. Old Popes Ferry Road resident Robert Jarrell Sr. presented com- missioners with a signed petition from neighbors opposing the re-zoning. Jarrell Sr. said there's residential property all around the proposed commercial site and said he's concerned about not having adequate fire protec- tion and increased traffic in the area. Jarrell Sr. also noted that his aunt tried to get the same tract re- zoned commercial a dozen years ago and commissioners turned her down. Old Popes Ferry Road resident Roger Cowart said he was wor- ried the re-zoning could start a "domino effect" that would bring commercial businesses up and down Old Popes Ferry Road. Old Popes Ferry Road resident William Gibson said he's worried about run-off from the proposed businesses contaminating his nearby pond. Pate Road resident Jordan Burnsed then called for a show of hands from those who is opposed to the re-zoning, and about 25 to 30 persons raised their hands. Old Popes Ferry Partners, LLC representative John Woodford, who lives on Klopfer Road, then responded to citizen concerns by noting he too lives nearby and said he's not concerned about his proposed commercial buildings hurting property values. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose, in whose district the proposed commercial offices would be built, then motioned to approve the re-zoning, which was seconded by District 4 commis- ning & Zoning board previously sioner George Emami. denied the request at an Oct. 29 Emami said the county needs meeting, but commissioners had property taxes from commer- the final say on Nov. 6. cial development, in addition to residential development, to In other Board of Commission- off-set county expenses. Emami ers' news: said he does not consider it "spot zoning" to re-zone that particular Monroe County Commis- tract because there is a cell phone sioners will allow Ensign Road tower on a neighboring tract, landowners to place multiple Emami said, 'As far as commer- homes on a .38-acre lot. cial zonings go, it's a very friendly Keith and Julie Paul asked com- compatible use in my opinion missioners on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for with the residential We've got a variance request in residential to find some places for com- zoning to allow for more than mercial use in this county. People one home on a lot smaller than have to go to work where they one acre in size at 101 Ensign live. We don't want everybody Road. Keith Paul said two homes" having to drive outside of the would be moved to the site from county to work:' Barnesville to be used as rental After about 45 minutes of homes. discussion, commissioners ap- No one was opposed to the proved the re-zoning request by a Pauls' request. The Monroe 3-2 vote. Commission chairman County Planning & Zoning Greg Tapley and District 1 com- board previously approved the missioner Larry Evans opposed measure at an Oct. 29 meeting, the measure, but commissioners had the final The Monroe County Plan- say on Nov. 6. $ $ $ By Rifl rd Dumas forsyth@mymccnet Monroe County Commis- sioners agreed on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to a developer's request to install gravel roads and hammerhead turn- abouts at a proposed subdi- vision offofEstes Road. On behalf of the developer, Truitt Farms, LLC, Steven Rowland of Macon-based Rowland Engineering asked commissioners for a vari- ance to the county's subdivi- sion ordinance for gravel roads with triple surface treatment and hammerhead turnabouts. Rowland said the proposed 97.75-acre residentially- zoned develop- mento located just east of Estes Road near its intersec- tion with Wadley Road, would be a gated, private subdivision with a 40-foot right-of-way. Rowland said the current proposal calls for 31 homes in the subdivision with most lots between two and three acres in size. He said the minimum home size in the subdivision will be 2,800 square feet. Estes Road resident Ruth Thompson, who lives across from the entrance to the proposed development, said she was not opposed to the development but wants to ensure the developer follows the county's subdivision requirements. After about 10 minutes of discussion, District 1 com- missioner Larry Evans mo- tioned to approve Rowland's request, which was seconded by District 3 commissioner John Ambrose. Commis- sioners then approved the measure by a 5-0 vote. m m m m m m mmmm m m n m m mmm m m mmm mmmmml Superintendent Keith Harvey has the course in great shape! Present in golf shop. One coupon per round per person. 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