The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners returned to the matter of amendments to the county’s conservation design community plan during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board discussed the topic during both its work session and its general meeting, including reviewing comments received from members of the community. Commissioner Corey Ragsdale said the majority of the feedback he has heard from residents has mostly centered on buffer space around a conservation design community, which was echoed by the rest of the board. In order to help smooth out exterior buffers and reduce the issue of having them sawtooth to meet the needs for neighboring parcels of land, the idea of having buffers be a flat 50 feet across the board came back up, with commission Chairman Harry Johnston suggesting an additional 25 or 30 feet of buffer space when a conservation community zoned as more dense residential touches land zoned agricultural or rural residential.

The argument of eliminating the difference between average lot size and minimum lot size, and instead making what has currently been proposed as average lot size (half the size of a traditional lot in that zoning category) be the minimum lot size allowed, also came up again. Commissioners agreed to take more time to review everything and voted to postpone any action on it until the Dec. 3 meeting.

One public hearing was held during Tuesday night’s meeting, involving a request from a resident of Dream Court to modify a condition placed upon the property when it was rezoned. The condition required a 60-foot undisturbed buffer where the property touched a neighboring residential area, while the resident was requesting to encroach two feet into this buffer space in order to cover his back patio. Hearing no comments from the public on either side of the matter, the board approved allowing the modification.

Lastly, the board reviewed a request from the city of Holly Springs to annex one acre of land along Palm Street near the Palm Lake Drive intersection for a drainage and sidewalk project the city is interested in pursuing. With none of the county agencies looking at the case finding any potentially adverse impact, the commissioners approved a motion to send a letter to Holly Springs voicing no objection to their request.

In other business, commissioners:

♦ Approved a consent agenda, which included authorizing a budget amendment of $42,304 to allocate federal grant money for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office to cover salaries incurred from the incarceration of undocumented criminal aliens, calling for a public hearing regarding a sign variance at Cherokee 75 Corporate Park at the Dec. 17 meeting and accepting all rights-of-way, roadways and drainage structures in the Millstone Creek Unit 1 and Unit 2 subdivisions.

♦ Approved an in-house repair agreement with Scott Safety to allow firefighters from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services to be trained in how to test and repair the self-contained breathing apparatus units the agency uses.

♦ Approved a proposal from Rindt-McDuff Associates to add an additional methane blower at the Blalock Road Landfill for the total cost of $24,981.12.

♦ The board approved an agreement with Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. in the amount of $64,245.54 to relocate some of the company’s facilities that are in conflict with the Little Road Improvement Project.

♦ A list of 12 county roads needing to be resurfaced was approved to be sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation for consideration under the 2020 GDOT Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant that had been awarded to Cherokee County.

♦ A motion to approve a resolution backed by both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association passed unanimously. The resolution supports building design standards for residential structures being formed and implemented at the city and county level, and was drafted in response to House Bill 302 in the Georgia General Assembly, which would entirely prohibit local governments from creating their own design standards.

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

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