After skipping April’s regularly scheduled meeting, members of the Adairsville City Council convened Thursday evening via Zoom to address a full slate of agenda items.
The virtual meeting began with the unanimous approval of two rezoning proposals, the first pertaining to a 0.4-acre parcel at 209 South Main St. The Adairsville Unified Zoning Board (UZB) voted unanimously on April 20 to recommend approval of applicant David Rogers' request to reclassify the vacant land from R-1 residential to office-industrial.
“The applicant’s proposal is to rezone the property for future expansion and to be be consistent with his adjoining office use property at 207 South Main Street, which is currently zoned O-I,” City documents read.
The second approved rezoning entails a 1.8-acre parcel at 6105 Joe Frank Harris Parkway shifting from general industrial to C-1 commercial. As with the previous request, UZB members voted unanimously to recommend approval of the application from Timms Properties, LLC at the board’s meeting last month.
“We contacted the applicant to determine the access points, and those will be off Joe Frank Harris Parkway,” said Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison. “There will be a fire access around the building and an emergency access point behind the building which will be fenced, gated and locked.”
According to City documents, the applicant has proposed opening a new fitness facility at the location.
“The applicant indicated there’s about 15 feet, I believe, between the property line of the industrial building to his property line, then a minimum of a 10-foot setback with our development regs,” Madison added. “So he does not see that there would be any conflicting issue with the property.”
Council members also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that makes several text amendments to the Adairsville code.
One change would allow mineral exploration and mining as permitted special use categories in Adairsville’s general industrial (IND-G) and heavy industrial (IND-H) districts.
“The row for ‘use requiring a State permit or license for air quality or air emissions’ shall be amended to show ’S’ in the IND-G and IND-H columns,” the amendments continue, “such that henceforth such uses shall be permitted by special use permit only in those two districts.”
The ordinance also establishes new regulations pertaining to extended-stay hotels, motels and similar facilities within the City limits of Adairsville.
The ordinance gives the City’s community development director the discretion to grant or deny applications based on several criteria points. Under the ordinance, each facility in Adairsville that provides rooms or suites to customers for longer than two weeks is now required to obtain a permit from the City, which is priced at $500 per facility “plus $50 per room designated for extended-stay use.”
The regulations took effect immediately upon the council’s approval Thursday evening.
Council members also voted unanimously to approve a “continuity of operations plan” for the City, which, among other things, outlines “mission-essential functions” in the case of an emergency declaration.
The cyber-meeting closed out with council members voting across the board — or, perhaps more fitting, keyboard — to surplus two previously-used Adairsville Police Department vehicles on the website GovDeals. Proceeds from the sale of the pair of 2013 Dodge Chargers, Adairsville Mayor Kenneth Carson said, will be deposited into the City’s vehicle and equipment replacement fund.