At its most recent meeting, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved amended zoning conditions for a parcel of land on Georgia Highway 140.

The property, located southwest of the intersection of Highway 140 and East Cherokee Drive, has had its zoning conditions under consideration for change by the county since late 2020, with county officials working with Glenridge Development and residents of a neighboring subdivision to reach a solution on a wall between the two.

District 2 Commissioner Richard Weatherby put forth a motion to approve modifying the zoning conditions placed on the property. The changes proposed included:

♦ Allowing the required eight-foot high wall near the property’s boundary with the Hickory Plantation subdivision to be built using decorative concrete panels or textured painted concrete masonry unit blocks;

♦ Specifying that the wall should be constructed within 24 months of the amended conditions’ approval or within 180 days of the issuance of any land disturbance permit, a planting of a double row of magnolia trees at least seven or eight feet tall would be required to take place in an area where constructing the wall would not be feasible at approximately the same time the wall is built;

♦ A portion of the property would be prohibited from being developed as a gas station or an automobile service station using pneumatic wrenches, with additional evergreen plantings and a wooden privacy fence required to be installed when this portion of the site is developed and;

♦ Specifying that the property adjacent to Hickory Plantation would be limited in use to what is allowed in areas zoned neighborhood commercial.

“Just one clarification ... to make clear, the remaining conditions are still there in force and effect, this is just a reflection of the three conditions that were modified?,” County Attorney Angie Davis asked.

Davis said one of the conditions that requires county to work with the developer on including an entrance to this parcel on White Columns Drive, had been marked for removal. Weatherby agreed to amend his motion to reflect the deletion of this condition. District 3 Commissioner Benny Carter seconded Weatherby’s motion, which was then approved in a unanimous vote of the board.

“I appreciate the work and cooperation by the residents in the adjacent subdivision and also the corner lot resident there that we worked so hard to try to work out an agreement, and the developer was really great to work with,” Weatherby said.

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