Four zoning cases that received recommendations from the Cherokee County Planning Commission in January came before the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to be acted on at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board opened up its planning and zoning portion of the meeting with a request to rezone half an acre of land at 7981 Ball Ground Road from agricultural to general commercial, as well as a variance to waive the requirement for zoning buffers and a commercial landscape strip. The planning commission recommended approval to rezone to neighborhood commercial for the sale of refurbished furniture, animal feed and seed. Commissioners voted to approve the rezoning and variance.

Following a rezoning case from late 2019 to rezone a parcel of land on Reinhardt College Parkway to general commercial for the construction of an indoor shooting range, the board approved a special-use permit. Commissioners also approved a special-use permit for 1044 Arnold Spence Road to be developed as a wedding venue.

The final case of the night involved Big Door Winery off Clearwater Trail and its application for a special-use permit. While the planning commission recommended approval of the permit with specific conditions attached, Big Door owners asked the case be postponed until March.

In addition to the four zoning cases, an annexation case from the city of Woodstock came before the board. The case surrounded just under one acre of land on Arnold Mill Road currently zoned residential, but is occupied by a Sunoco gas station. The county noted the application was in line with its future development map, while Woodstock already maintains the section of Arnold Mill Road in front of the station and the area is seen as a gateway into the urban core area of the city. Despite the city having postponed its side of the case until April, the board of commissioners passed a motion to draft a letter stating that the county approves and supports the measure.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also handled the following items:

  • The consent agenda, which included an intergovernmental agreement with Holly Springs to allow the county to conduct city elections.
  • A purchase and sale agreement for just over two acres of land at the intersection of Yellow Creek Road and Conns Creek in the amount of $156,271.50. It was noted during the meeting that this property would be a good location for the fire department to locate a new Station No. 15.
  • The board approved the purchase of two Ford F-150 trucks for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $75,969 from the low bidder, King Ford.
  • A contract with Georgia Bridge & Concrete, LLC, in the amount of $1.18 million for the project to replace the bridge on Union Hill Road over Mill Creek was approved.
  • A change order in the amount of $91,930.02 with Ward Humphrey and a budget amendment for $82,000 regarding the expansion project at the senior services facility on Univeter Road was approved. 
  • The board approved the purchase of new fire hoses for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services for $55,729.59 from Municipal Emergency Services, which submitted the lowest bid. According to the county, the fire department is in need of equipping six new engines set to arrive in the spring and wants to have new hoses in inventory to replace damaged hoses.
  • Commission Chairman Harry Johnston appointed Carolyn Kissiah to the county Board of Ethics, while Commissioner Benny Carter appointed Kevin Moore to the Wrecker Service Advisory Board to fill the remainder of a term ending in December.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The meeting will begin with a work session at 3 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

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