LOGANVILLE - In Thursday night's public hearing, several requests for annexations and rezonings came before the mayor and council for consideration.
Planning and Development Director Pat Chapman first presented a rezoning request by Land Solutions Group (the 18.47-acre Pounds property). Chapman recommended approval of the R-22 residential zoning request with conditions, such as 24 lots maximum, a minimum of 1,900 square feet of heated space, a mandatory Homeowners Association and 65 percent open space.
Council voted 3-3 on the issue. Before Mayor Tim Barron cast the deciding vote, he asked council members to speak in defense of their opinions.
Mark Kiddoo said this zoning "was not the best use of the property."
Ray Nunley replied, "The property was zoned R-44 when (Mr.) Pounds bought it. If he didn't want that zoning, he shouldn't have bought the land."
In support of his vote to approve the request, Jerry Price said the applicant had done everything Planning and Development had asked, so the request should be granted.
Chuck Bagley said, "If we deny this, we'll end up in a lawsuit."
Barron broke the stalemate by voting to approve the request.
The properties at 4991 Ga. Highway 81 and 5031 Ga. 81 were rezoned Thursday night. The applicant, Stone Creek LLC, plans a conservation subdivision with open space, underground utilities and a mandatory Homeowners Association among other conditions. While the public voiced no concerns when given a chance to speak, Kiddoo recommended tabling the issue for no more than four months pending further review by Chapman.
The properties are adjacent to the city's Big Creek Water Reclamation facility, and one of the conditions required by Chapman is that every homeowner in the new development sign a document affirming their understanding of the implications of the location, namely odor and noise.
Kiddoo's motion to table the rezoning was denied, and the rezoning request was approved.
The property at 4250 Bay Creek Road was rezoned for 25 residential lots. Chapman required that the applicant, ALPD LLC, legally designate their understanding that "there may be no water and sewer at this property pending the outcome of the county water issue."