Taylor approves Keith Road rezoning

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After securing approval from the Bartow County Planning Commission on Monday, a rezoning application for an “industrial subdivision” was approved by County Commissioner Steve Taylor with some conditions.The application, RZ2047, filed by Keith Road Holdings, LLC, sought to rezone 42 acres at 114 Keith Road from agricultural to industrial, which would allow Full Circle Concrete Construction and North Georgia Truss Systems to move its existing businesses to a site that would allow future growth. Steven Powell plans to purchase the property if the rezoning is allowed.Because the property is bordered on the west and south by residential developments, conditions were placed before the planning commission recommended approval. Those conditions are:• Manufacturing hours are limited from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on lots that adjoin residences.• 1,000-gallon propane tanks and bulk storage of hazardous material are prohibited.• Adult entertainment facilities are prohibited.• Lot 1 shall remain zoned agricultural.“We have hired a professional engineer to make sure we are in compliance with these conditions,” applicant Powell said. “We met with each department again to make sure we are in compliance.”But Brad Gilbert, a landscape architect and a homeowner in the Woodbury Place subdivision, asked for one more condition.“I would like to ask that the applicant consider planting an evergreen buffer along the edge of the property,” he said.Taylor agreed that it was a reasonable request and attached it to the other conditions. Powell agreed to the request and the application was approved.A second rezoning request, RZ2046, by Bruce and Jennifer Jennings asked the county to rezone 10.4 acres on Cassville Road in the area of Penny Lane and Grove Circle from commercial to agricultural. According to Taylor, the rezoning would allow the Jennings to keep horses on the property and eventually build a house. The request was approvedIn other business, Taylor:• approved a scrap tire abatement grant with the Environmental Protection Division.• authorized the sale of surplus county property.• reappointed Charlie Lowry to the Airport Authority.• increased the hotel/motel excise tax from 6 percent to 8 percent.The county commissioner will hold his next meeting on March 9 at 10 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, 135 W. Cherokee Ave.