Museum seeking additional 2.35 acres for development

Planning commission recommends Savoy annexation, rezoning request

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The City of Cartersville Planning Commission voted unanimously at Tuesday evening's meeting to recommend two measures that would expand the footprint of the Savoy Automobile Museum.

"Several months back ya'll had actually annexed some additional property for the development of the auto museum," said Cartersville Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. "This adds a couple of more acres to that tract that they're developing and with that, we need to do it based on standards for exercising zoning powers and staff did recommend approval of this annexation."

Applicant Highlands Development Associates LLC, represented by Dale Baumann, requested that 2.35 acres of land along 36 Old Tennessee Road and 36 Oak Drive be annexed "for additional space and use" by the proposed museum. The applicant is also requesting that those two parcels, currently zoned as A-1 Agriculture, be rezoned to General Commercial.

The Savoy Automobile Museum will be located about one-and-a-half miles west of the Highway 20/Interstate 75 intersection. The 60,000-square-foot-plus facility would sit on about 34 acres of land — possibly 36 acres-plus, pending the annexation request is authorized by the Cartersville City Council. 

Grading and other infrastructural work at the site has been ongoing since summer. The museum is targeting a 2020 opening.

According to city documents, Baumann filed the initial request in late September. The application also seeks to alter the parcel's current land use from single family residential to general commercial.

Per the applicant, the zoning proposal will not have an "adverse environmental effect" compared to the site's existing land use. 

"The zoning proposal should not result in use that will have an excessive or burdensome use of streets, transportation facilities, utilities or schools," the application reads. "Ingress/egress from the museum property will be controlled from Highway 411 and from Old Tennessee Road."

Nor does the applicant believe the annexation and rezoning will have a negative impact on neighboring parcels.

"The annexation and zoning would conform to the city's land use plan for the area," the application states. "The proposed zoning should not adversely affect the existing use of adjacent property."

Continuing, the applicant said that buffers will be required adjacent to any properties with residential land uses abutting the museum.

The commission voted 6-0 to recommend both the annexation and rezoning requests to the city council.

Council members will hear a first reading on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and a second reading on Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. before voting to approve or deny the applications. Both of those readings will take place at Cartersville City Hall at 10 North Public Square.