After holding public hearings on other matters, the Woodstock City Council conducted a public hearing regarding a proposed new car wash on Georgia Highway 92 at its most recent meeting.
The application came from Steve Faiella, who was requesting a conditional-use permit for approximately one acre at 13212 Highway 92 in order to construct an automated car wash with self-serve vacuum stalls, according to City Planner Niwana Ray. She pointed out that the plans indicated the wash tunnel would run parallel to Highway 92 and that a majority of the parking spaces at the location would have the self-serve vacuum system. No variances were being requested and patrons would enter and exit the property on Gold Creek Trail to help reduce any possible issues of traffic on Highway 92, Ray said. Lastly, she noted that there are around 10 other car wash facilities in the general Woodstock area that are either in operation or are in the process of being developed.
“Both the development process committee and planning commission voted to recommend approval with conditions,” Ray said. “These conditions will look familiar to you from previous car wash cases.”
Some of the conditions included with the recommendation were that the permit would be void if development plans were not approved within 12 months of the permit being granted, the architecture of the building would need to meet the city’s Parkway Overlay standards and that, if the car wash went out of business and the building could not be reused by the subsequent owner, all equipment related to the car wash would be removed from the site.
Representing the applicant, Kamey Leon said the location was seen as an ideal site, partially due to the ability to arrange the development so it would not have a major impact on Highway 92 traffic. Leon went on to explain that, while there are a number of car washes in and around Woodstock, some are express washes, some are hand-wash facilities and some are part of a larger business, such as a gas station. When Councilman Colin Ake asked how this site would be different from another express wash just under a mile away from the proposed location, Leon and the applicant said the traffic flow would be better, the price point for services would be less expensive and better technology would be used. The two also stressed that the application contained no variances, that a privacy wall would be built along the western edge of the property and that as much of the vegetation and plant growth currently on the site would remain in place as possible.
With nobody having signed up to speak during the public hearing, it was closed and the council put forth its final questions about the application.
Councilwoman Tracy Collins put forth a motion to approve the permit with all staff recommendations, which was seconded by Councilman Rob Usher. The motion then passed in a 4-2 vote of the council.