The Canton City Council heard a request for a master plan amendment to add additional recreational and other uses to sections of The Bluffs development at its most recent meeting Thursday.

Community Development Director Ken Patton said the request comes from the city, in hopes that adding additional uses to the approximately 295 acres of land located on the western portion of The Bluffs development will add to the area’s marketability. The western portion is located along Hickory Log Creek and Hickory Log Reservoir.

Patton said the proposed added uses would include an entertainment venue, outdoor recreation such as camping and hiking trails, hotel and motel parking areas, and warehouse uses. City Manager Billy Peppers added that any developer who wishes to develop residential use would have to apply for and receive a conditional use permit.

Other proposed conditions to the amendment includes any non-substantial change may be approved by the city manager or his designee, any proposed hotel/motel use must apply for and receive a conditional use permit, and any new or innovative use that may be requested and is deemed to be of like nature to existing uses may be approved by the city manager or his designee.

The Bluffs development was approved in 2001. Uses approved then included hotel/motel, corporate campus, industrial, and warehousing, among other uses. This development is also home to the Cherokee County administration building, the Cherokee County Board of Education building, and Chattahoochee Tech. Other developments currently going on in the area include a townhome project at Watermist, and a single family detached development on the east side of Bluffs Parkway.

In an unrelated matter, the council heard a request to purchase emergency generators for water booster pump stations in the city.

Utility Engineer Dave Hatabian said the request comes after south Canton experienced power outages in the fall of 2020 due to a storm. The Ridge Pine water boost pump station lost power because of the storm and caused a water outage throughout south Canton, Hatabian said. Due to that outage, the city is looking to install a permanent emergency generator at the Ridge Pine water booster pump station, as well as purchase a mobile generator that can provide emergency power at the Georgia Highway 5 water booster pump station and the Great Sky water booster pump station.

These requests will be voted on at the council’s next meeting on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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