Local veterinarian has plans to open new clinic at previous Fire Station No. 3 site
Members of the City of Cartersville Planning Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to recommend approval of a proposal to rezone roughly an acre along Old Mill Road and Highway 113 to make way for a new veterinary clinic.
Applicant Lisa C. Walker requested the property be rezoned from office commercial to a general commercial classification.
“The City put this up for sale, I believe last October, and I believe Mrs. Walker purchased it at that time,” said City of Cartersville Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino.
The total 0.9-acre property — and with it, the City’s old, bright blue Firehouse Station No. 3 building — was ultimately auctioned off for $475,000.
“The staff that reviews these comments from the different departments have reviewed it and had no concerns,” Mannino said. “Additionally, I don’t believe we had any inquiries from the public or any opposition from the public, either, on this particular application.”
According to City of Cartersville documents, the future development plan designation for the property is "highway commercial," while its future land use map designation is listed as “public institutional/commercial.”
A City zoning analysis determined the property at 1220 Highway 113 is “suitable” for the proposed rezoning.
“The structure will require renovation for use as a veterinary clinic,” the analysis reads. “The ‘rear yard’ area to the east is fenced, a parking lot exists but will require partial re-striping for the proposed use.”
F. Lee Perkins represented the applicant at the Zoom-assisted public meeting.
“Obviously, we are for the zoning,” he told members of the planning commission. “She operates the veterinary clinic right down the street from this, currently, on the corner of Old Mill and Douthit Ferry — so this would just be a move down the street to a larger location.”
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the proposed rezoning, which will be forwarded to the Cartersville City Council for further discussion.
A first reading of the proposed rezoning is scheduled for July 16 at 7 p.m. at 10 North Public Square, while a second reading — and council vote — is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the same location.
Mannino wrapped up the hearing by noting that the City’s next planning commission meeting, set for Aug. 11, will be conducted in-person.
“We did have a tabled item from last month that will be on the agenda,” he said. “We have done a couple of council meetings live, and they’ve gone well.”
For the time being, Mannino said those who attend next month’s planned public meeting at Cartersville City Hall will not be required to wear masks. “That would be your choice,” he told planning commission members.