CANTON – The Cherokee County Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday against a proposed 300,000-square foot warehouse off Ga. Highway 92 near Woodstock.
“This place is surrounded by subdivisions,” planning commission Chairman Bob Whitaker said after a public hearing and discussion on the rezoning request from Taylor and Mathis. “I don’t see a fit here.”
The commission members then voted 8-0 to recommend denial of the zoning request.
During the public hearing, Jeremy Dean, a resident of the area asked for everyone in attendance who opposed the warehouse to stand and about 20 people did.
In support of its application, Taylor & Mathis described the area as in transition from residential to warehouse, light industrial and commercial. Some residents argued they are settled into the area and want to stay.
The county had designated the area where the warehouse would go an opportunity zone, a place where businesses that create new jobs can apply for tax credits for each job added. That was in response to the recession of 2009 when the area did see an economic decline, but the community has since recovered, according to resident Kristi Schermerhorn.
“This is no longer a downtrodden area,” she said.