County Commissioners cleared the way for a business to set up shop along Ga. Highway 20 with approval of a zoning case.
The rezoning request came from Christopher Comer, who was asking to have just under 10 acres of land along Ga. Highway 20 be rezoned from agricultural to general commercial and light industrial for the purpose of relocating a treescape service and landscape supply yard to the property, along with related office space, a sales floor and a trailer and equipment sales and rental company.
Prior to the case being heard, District 1 Commissioner Steve West recused himself from the matter, stating the case was in his district. When the case went before the Cherokee County Planning Commission, County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said the recommendation had been to rezone the entire property as general commercial, with the condition that all tree service activities be screened year-round. One of the key points of discussion on the case involved what of the proposed activities could take place in general commercial and what would require a zoning of light industrial.
“It does appear after discussions that the uses that the applicant has requested can occur in general commercial zoning. That was really the hold up when we heard the case before, as to whether or not light industrial would be required. I suspect we may run into the limits on that with the type of equipment that he wants to rent from time to time, but he has said that he will stay within the limits as allowed in general commercial,” Commission Chairman Harry Johnston said.
With that in mind, Johnston put forth a motion to approve the rezoning but wanted to attach two additional conditions to the approval. First, no mulch production would be allowed on the property, while the second condition prohibited the crushing and processing of concrete on the site, although conceding there would be some concrete contamination on the site that would need to be removed. Commissioner Benny Carter seconded the motion and the board approved it in a unanimous vote.