Emerson postpones zoning decision
by Jason Lowrey
May 14, 2014 | 1771 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A decision on the commercial rezoning of Red Top Mountain Road property near the Village at Waterside was postponed Monday night.

During its Monday night meeting, the Emerson City Council delayed a decision until its next meeting on June 9. The council will not meet Monday, May 26, due to Memorial Day.

The zoning request, as heard at the council’s April 29 meeting, pertains to approximately 2 acres on Red Top Mountain Road that are east of the Village at Waterside community. The rezoning request seeks to change the property from residential to C-1 commercial.

Council member Charles Lowry said he welcomed the postponement.

“I think it’s a good idea so we can all study it a little more and become more knowledgeable about what might take place. Right now we’re kind of reluctant to see that go to commercial because we have no idea what’s going to be next to us,” he said.

Mayor Al Pallone said the postponement would allow the council to “have the whole story,” and see “all the facts laid out.” One of the largest stumbling blocks, both Lowry and Pallone said, was that the community does not know what type of business would go in the area.

“The community is pretty much in opposition because we have no idea what could come in there,” Lowry said. “If we can reach some resolution, you know, it might be acceptable. I don’t know. I can’t speak for the community as a whole.”

Pallone explained it was not required for applicants to identify what they will put on rezoned land, though it has happened with some projects.

“We’ve had it both ways. We’ve had things where — obviously with [LakePoint Sporting Community] they had a pretty good idea of what they wanted to put there. But that was a whole different world. A lot of people say, ‘I want to put something there, is that a good idea?’ But it’s not required,” he said.

Other council business included hearing the first reading of three annexation and rezoning requests for approximately 9 acres of property on Allatoona Dam Road.

The Emerson City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at city hall.