BUFORD - During a standing-room-only meeting here Monday night, the Buford City Commission approved a controversial annexation and rezoning request for a tract of 66.3 acres off Friendship Road despite the objections of a number of residents from the Morgan's Crossing Subdivision.
The property, owned by John R. Yost who made the request, was annexed into Buford from Hall County, and went from AR-III (residential) to M-1 (light industrial).
Several homeowners from the 249-home subdivision raised concerns about the rezoning, stating that there will be increased traffic congestion from 18-wheel trucks loading and unloading there, more noise that an industrial area will bring to the area, and decreased property values for the residents.
The commission approved the request with several conditions, including implementing a 75-foot undisturbed buffer adjacent to residential properties at the creek next to the Estates at Bogan Springs, and providing a 10-foot landscape strip next to all internal rights of way, planted with nonornamental hardwood trees.
In a related action, the commission also approved a request from Yost to rezone 86.97 acres on South Bogan Road to R-100 in order to build high-density homes in this area.
In other business, the commission:
Approved a request from Drift Emporium, 1960 Skylar Hill Drive, to build an automobile service shop to work on their own company vehicles.
Denied a request from Artur Matatov of A&J Auto Repair, 1859 Highway 13, to open an automotive repair shop.
Annexed .74 acre at 5585 Lakeshore Road from Hall County into the city.
Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County for a traffic signal at Sawnee Avenue and Robert Bell Parkway.
Authorized the finalization of the American Legion land exchange agreement.
Recognized Boy Scout Austin Fuller for earning his Eagle Scout Award.
Changed the date of the next Commission meeting to at 4 p.m. on April 2.