A new Guthrie’s restaurant could be coming to the Towne Lake community.

The Cherokee County Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend approving a rezoning for land on Eagle Drive, planned for an upcoming franchise location.

The planning commission unanimously voted to recommend that the city allow 2.38 acres of land at 2006 Eagle Drive to be rezoned from neighborhood commercial to general commercial. The applicant, Southern Deli-Woodstock, LLC, also owns the McAlister’s Deli on Eagle Drive and was looking to add the Guthrie’s on what is currently the deli’s overflow parking.

Southern Deli’s attorney, Jeff Rusbridge, said a Guthrie’s would fit in well with the other restaurants on Eagle Drive. He also said there is a relatively significant natural buffer between the planned site of the restaurant and nearby residential communities, with a stream buffer and trees between the McAlister’s overflow parking lot currently on the property and the property line. Several conditions had also been put forth by Southern Deli in the application, including orienting the drive-thru speaker toward Eagle Drive, limiting the hours for delivery and trash pickup to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and designing the lighting to be as unobtrusive as possible to the nearby homes.

Commission Member Chris Van Zant asked if there was any guarantee that the trees in the buffer area would remain undisturbed during the new restaurant’s development. Rusbridge said the site was already graded, thus the buffer should remain in place without issue. Nobody signed up to speak on the case during the public hearing, and the planning commission members passed the motion to recommend approval with the conditions offered by the applicant.

There are currently two Guthrie’s locations in Cherokee County: one on Highway 20 in the Macedonia community and the other off Sixes Road, according to the company’s website.

The planning commission also recommended approving a rezoning for a communications tower on 3.75 acres at 458 Douglas Ridge Lane, off Highway 140 near Canton. The current zoning is residential with minimum lots of 40,000 square feet. Representing Municipal Communications, attorney Parks Huff said the tower would be built in a single pole design to be less obtrusive and would help service an area not as efficiently covered by towers already in place in the area.

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