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Winder OKs subdivision rezonings

WINDER - The Winder City Council on Tuesday night approved annexations and rezonings of 53 acres for a planned 95-house subdivision.

Lake Ridge, as the subdivision will be named, is now zoned residential. The three lots are located in the Miles Patrick Road/Rockwell Church Road/Ashley Oaks subdivision area.

A few residents attended the March 21 planning board meeting to voice concerns about traffic, home size and cost.

Michael Carter, representing the developer Bar-Win, LLC, said Tuesday the development's two entrances and exits would alleviate traffic concerns. Carter also said the homes would meet the city's 1,600-square-foot minimum and would more likely be at least 1,800 to 2,000 square feet because of the lot prices.

Rezoning allows

411-home development

RCM Commercial Investments LLC of Loganville got approval for a rezoning request Tuesday night that changes the zoning designation for 7.2 acres on Ga. Highway 81 from business to traditional neighborhood planned development.

These 7.2 acres abut property with the same neighborhood zoning, and the combined parcels will hold 411 houses that will be between 1,600 and 1,800 square feet.

Two Winder markets

allowed to sell alcohol

The Shell Food Mart at 113 South Broad St. and McNeal Market at 72 McNeal Road can both offer alcohol sales soon, as they were both granted the proper licenses at the council meeting.

McNeal Market can now sell both wine and beer to patrons, while Shell Food Mart got the go-ahead to sell beer to their customers.

Municipal Court

judge retires

Judge Mike Strickland, Winder's Municipal Court judge for 25 years, announced his plans to retire recently. Strickland will be replaced by Judge June Shuenemann, who often filled in for him as needed.