Rezoning up for decision today
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Apr 03, 2013 | 958 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A controversial rezoning for almost 200 acres in Bartow County will go before the commissioner this morning.

Stone Mountain Industrial Park’s request to rezone 188.17 acres off Cass White Road from commercial to business park district has met with an outcry from area residents. Recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the request will be presented to Commissioner Steve Taylor this morning for a second public hearing and his decision.

Located near the KOA Campground, the rezoning would apply light industrial regulations, which offers more limited uses than an industrial zoning. According to the Planning and Zoning office, the Cassville White Road Industrial Park could house warehouses, call centers, biomedical facilities, research and development offices or communication towers among other things. The only limitations noted Tuesday were those excluding explosives or fireworks.

Developers, because of the size of the project, submitted a Development of Regional Impact to the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission on Feb 26. Developers previously had submitted a DRI for the park in January 2011, but later withdrew the request.

According to the initial form, the park will feature 1.65 million square feet of space with buildout expected in 2020. Additional information shows the development valued at $85 million at buildout with projected annual tax revenues at $1.3 million.

Under the DRI report, a traffic study was completed on a road that residents say is heavily traveled. The report states that 160 vehicles per hour were found and that no need for transportation improvements were found. The Planning and Zoning department on Tuesday said all road work must comply with the county’s regulations.

The full DRI — projected to be complete on April 26 — can be found at www.dca.state.ga.us/DRI/ under the Submissions tab.

The commissioner meets at 10 a.m. in the conference room at 135 W. Cherokee Ave.