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Buford approves storage facility

BUFORD - Despite protests from residents of Buford Dam Road, Lakeview Drive and Morgan Way, the Buford City Commission voted here Monday night to approve a controversial annexation and rezoning request for the purpose of building a boat, RV and self-storage facility on a 19-acre tract on Buford Dam Road.

The annexation into the city from Gwinnett also called for a rezoning from R-100 (residential) to C-2 (commercial). Homeowners speaking against this request from Harrison Smith expressed concerns with congestion, increased traffic, a decrease in their property values, along with the lighting and noise problems from this type of business located in a residential area.

The commission vote came after hearing no objection from Gwinnett on the annexation and rezoning. The approval was made with the condition that a 35-foot buffer be built between the commercial and residential areas.

"We don't want our property adjacent to a commercial area," said homeowner Debra Satterfield of 1932 Buford Dam Road, whose residence is located next to the new rezoning.

Her husband, Robert, said he thought it would be unprofitable to take a "beautiful part of Lake Lanier" and make a boat storage area out of it.

"It's like the guy who tried to put a gallon of milk into a half-gallon carton," he said.