Commissioners may allow 250-foot T-Mobile tower

Telecommunications structure would be near Bethabra Baptist Church if approved

WINDER - A 250-foot-tall telecommunications tower might rise near Bethabra Baptist Church if Barrow County Commissioners approve a special-use permit Tuesday.

Barrow County's Future Land Use Map identifies the location at 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road as suitable for parks, recreation and conservation uses. The Planning Department recommends commissioners vote to approve the permit requested by T-Mobile.

Plans show a 250-foot-tall, self-supporting lattice tower surrounded by a six-foot-high chain link fence topped with three strands of barbed wire. The property is bordered by the church, Lexington Mill subdivision, some single-family homes and wooded areas.

Subdivision and industrial center proposed

Barrow County Commissioners will consider rezoning about 27 acres of agricultural land to residential to allow for a 43-home subdivision and an industrial business. The Planning Department recommends approval of both projects. Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows both areas as low-density residential.

Owners are requesting a 5.9-acre tract at Argonne Road and Smith Cemetery Road be rezoned to light industrial. Plans show a 15,400-square-foot building, two 7,200-square-foot buildings and an 8,400-square-foot building proposed for the site. A mixture of residential homes, industrial uses and woods surround the site.

About 21 acres on Tom Miller Road might be rezoned for a 43-home subdivision on sewer. The site was once a poultry farm. Plans show 3.2 acres set aside for walking trails and a nature area.

Retail center and

business park proposed

Owners are requesting about 46 acres of residential land be rezoned for two commercial developments. The Planning Department recommends approval of both projects, both shown as low-density residential on Barrow County's Future Land Use Map.

About 20 acres in the 1800 block of Ga. Highway 211 near Hoschton could be rezoned to allow for a 170,000 square foot retail center with 685 parking spaces on the county's sewer system.

A 26-acre parcel at Ga. 211 and Beaver Dam Road near Braselton is the site of a proposed development that would house two 87,500-square-foot office buildings and a business park. Braselton annexed the property in November 2004 and that annexation is being questioned by attorneys for the developer, according to a statement issued by John Gray, manager of the proposed Century Center at Braselton.