The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners took action on four zoning cases at Tuesday night’s meeting including approval of a request allowing a new sign for convenience store in one of the area’s busiest commercial corridors.

With work continuing to widen Georgia Highway 20 east of Canton, the RaceTrac convenience store across from Canton Marketplace had submitted an application to the county for a modification of zoning conditions to allow for a new sign. County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said a slight modification had been made to the sign as shown during an earlier meeting, but that it remained in a monument style format. Business owners were seeking permission to build a sign taller than normally allowed. Commission Chairman Harry Johnston put forth a motion to allow the sign to be built, but denying the height variance, which was approved in a unanimous vote of the board.

In another zoning case, commissioners went against a recommendation of the Planning Commission on an application to rezone 5.26 acres at 6126 Union Hill Road to agricultural, and approved the rezoning request.

“I went out and looked at this property and looked at the properties surrounding this,” Commissioner Ray Gunnin said. “I feel that any time you can get it from a residential zoning back to a general agricultural, I like to go along with it.”

The board then acted on a case involving Atwell, LLC, which had asked for 22.25 acres at 6073 Old Alabama Road be rezoned from residential to light industrial, along with variances to remove the need for a right-turn deceleration lane and a reduction in the driveway separation requirement.

“This application had a lot of public opposition. The planning commission did recommend denial, and we haven’t seen a revised plan or any way to try to satisfy those concerns,” Commissioner Corey Ragsdale said, before making a motion to deny the request, which passed in 5-0 vote.

Lastly, the commissioners took action on a request for a special-use permit from Distinctive Estates to establish a wedding and event venue at 901 Sparks Lane. Chapman said the planning commission had recommended denial of the request following a public hearing in August. Since then, Chapman said the applicants had been working with neighbors to try and resolve a number of the issues brought forth during the hearing, but being unable to do so, had submitted a request to withdraw the application, which commissioners granted.

The board of commissioners also acted on the following items:

♦ The board approved the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget totaling $304.1 million.

♦ Rejune Edwards was approved for a reappointment to the Cherokee County Board of Family and Children Services for a new five-year term.

♦ Construction agreements were awarded to Excellere Construction in the amount of $398,700 for the Gaddis Road Drainage improvement project, as well as Bartow Paving in the amount of $2.35 million for the East Cherokee Drive at South Holly Springs Road Intersection improvement project.

♦ A grant agreement of $611,293 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life on behalf of the county elections agency was approved, along with a related amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget of $75,000 to reflect what has been spent already.

♦ The updated automatic aid agreement between Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the City of Woodstock Fire Department was approved for adoption.

♦ A three-year agreement with Foxster Opco, LLC for a total cost of $208,490 was approved. Under the agreement, the company will provide video camera systems and related software for the Cherokee Area Transportation System vehicles.

♦ A supplemental agreement with Granite Inliner, LLC, to perform additional pipe repair services on Arborhill Drive was approved in the amount of $96,706.

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