The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved rezoning land for a 36-home development on Highway 20 Tuesday.
In a 4-1 vote, the board voted to approve the rezoning of 26.184 acres of land on Highway 20 between Bagwell Road and the former Buffington Elementary School, but did not have a street address. Commissioner Richard Weatherby provided the lone dissenting vote on this case. Grand Communities, LLC, applied to have the land rezoned from agricultural to residential requiring lots of at least 20,000 square feet for a residential development of 36 homes.
“In the area where this property sits, you’ve got a combination of all different zonings,” Commissioner Steve West said. “You’ve got commercial to the east, and you’ve got the residential to the west and to the south. I don’t see any future coming in with estate lots.”
This case initially went before the Cherokee County Planning Commission at its May public hearing meeting, requesting the land be rezoned to residential requiring lots with a minimum of 15,000 square feet. In June, planning commissioners recommended denial of the rezoning to R-15 and the board of commissioners voted to send the case back to the planning commission. Last month, the request was modified to ask for the R-20 zoning, and the revised plan was recommended by the planning commission.
The board of commissioners also unanimously approved accepting a request for withdrawal on an application to rezone 3.18 acres at 440 Victoria Road. The applicant, Arthur Sarkisian, was asking that the land be rezoned from neighborhood commercial to general commercial, while also obtaining a special use permit, to set up a boat and RV storage center on the site. At the July meeting of the Cherokee County Planning Commission, this request received a recommendation for denial.
Additionally, the board voted 5-0 to not hear an appeal of a case from the Zoning Board of Appeals related to an accessory structure at a house on Jep Wheeler Road. A building permit for a detached garage at 993 Jep Wheeler Road was issued in November, but during construction, residents at one of the neighboring homes contacted county officials, arguing the garage exceeded the county’s 25-foot height limit on accessory structures on residential property. A building inspector was sent to the site and confirmed the garage complies with the county’s zoning law, according to information from the county. The Zoning Board of Appeals affirmed the planning department’s decision.
“After much consideration, looking at all the facts, it became obvious that this board would not be able to grant the kind of relief these people are seeking,” Weatherby said. “The county has done everything according to ordinance, measurements and everything.”