Taylor OKs zoning for north Bartow business park
by Neil B. McGahee
Apr 04, 2013 | 1833 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An expected fight over a controversial rezoning proposal in north Bartow County never materialized and was approved by County Commissioner Steve Taylor at Wednesday’s meeting. Conspicuously missing were the opponents that jammed a planning and zoning hearing Monday.

Stone Mountain Industrial Park had requested that a 188.17-acre tract on Cass-White Road west of Interstate 75 be rezoned from commercial to business park with an option to include light industrial. The change would allow warehouses, call centers, biomedical facilities, research and development offices, or communication towers among other things. The only exclusions would be explosive or fireworks manufacturing.

The request was met with protest among area residents who feared the project would increase noise levels, poor air quality and traffic congestion. Despite the opposition, the planning and zoning commission approved the project and sent it to Taylor for final approval.

A traffic study says the main road, Cass-White Road, is heavily traveled with as many as 160 vehicles per hour, Taylor said, but found no need for transportation improvements. The planning and zoning department said all road work must comply with the county’s regulations.

“I am going to approve this with the condition that the covenants and restrictions proposed by the applicant be followed,” Taylor said. “I really feel that business park zoning is friendlier to the neighborhood than commercial zoning.”

Anthony Brown was dejected but accepting of Taylor’s decision. The retired Chattanooga realtor bought his retirement home two years ago just down Cass-White Road from the proposed development. Soon his property will sit right in the middle of the project.

“I bought this property never dreaming that something like this could happen,” he said. “I can sit on my porch and watch deer and wild turkeys. All that will be long gone. It’s been nice while it lasted.”

In other county business, Taylor:

• amended an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Cartersville to correct an error in the contract.

• approved a contract with Reed’s Cleaning Service to clean the water department’s administration building.

• approved a contract with Langley Lawn Service for lawn maintenance at the water department.

• approved the sale of surplus county property.

• approved a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation to construct the LakePoint south campus roadway.

• approved a contract with Cartersville Development Authority to issue bonds to pay for construction of a link between Burnt Hickory Road and U.S. Highway 411 near Shaw Plant No. 10. The bonds will be repaid when money from a 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is received.

• awarded a $418,000 contract to Womack, Lewis & Smith for construction of a storage area at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.