The Cherokee County Planning Commission spent its monthly work session reviewing a set of cases that will be coming before it at the next public hearing meeting.

Returning to an application for a special use permit for a parcel of land on Cumming Highway to allow for the sale of commercial trucks, the planning commission was reminded they had zoned the property to neighborhood commercial, but officials were unsure if the applicants were modifying their request.

If the county board of commissioners takes action and approves the recommendation of neighborhood commercial for the property, the special use permit would be made moot. However, should the board of commissioners instead approve rezoning the land as general commercial, the special use permit would come back to the planning commission to be acted on.

The second case the planning commission took a look at involved a request to rezone a little over one acre of land along Hickory Flat Highway from office and institutional uses to residential. The property, which came before the county in the summer of 2018, has been marketed for its use as an office property, but it was suggested the applicant was seeking to change its zoning due to having trouble marketing it as office and institutional.

Lastly, the planning commission reviewed an application for a special use permit for a piece of property on Georgia Highway 92 to allow for used vehicle sales. The property in question, the planning commission noted, was sitting in the middle of an area of general commercial land, so zoning would not be an issue and the special use permit was all that was missing. Looking at the past history of the parcel, it had once been a gas station, but had served as a used car lot at times after the gas station had closed, although the pumps and other gas station items had remained in place. Having sat empty for some time now, the commissioners believed the site would need some work, while also noting that, as it sits in the Bells Ferry overlay district, the signs currently covering the walls of the building on the property would have to be dramatically reduced in order to meet district guidelines.

One of the commissioners asked if it would be possible to place certain conditions on the site during the public hearing before making a recommendation, to which an affirmative answer was given.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Planning Commission will be its public hearing meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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