2/10/2020 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
GORDON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests.
Members present were: Randy Rule, Eddie Smith, Jerry Lovelace, Nathan Serritt, and Butch Layson
Randy Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of January 13, 2020. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.
REZONING APPLICATION #Z20-01, RONALD & DOROTHY LEDFORD
Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z20-01, Ronald and Dorothy Ledford, requesting to rezone a 3.41 acre tract located at 200 Fir Rd., Ranger from R-6 to RA-1. Mr. Ledford represented the request explaining that they would like to build a home at this site rather than put a mobile home there. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z20-01 from R-6 to RA-1. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.
REZONING APPLICATION #Z20-02, SAMMY L. TRUAX, SR.
Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z20-02, Sammy L. Truax, Sr., requesting to rezone a 1.39 acre tract located at 631 Hwy. 411, Ranger from A-1 to R-6. Mr. Truax represented the request explaining that he would like to subdivide off 1.39 acres from his existing 12.187 acre tract and place a manufactured home on the property to either rent or sale for extra income. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z20-02 from A-1 to R-6. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.
VARIANCE APPLICATION #V20-01 & REZONING APPLICATION #Z20-03, OWR, LLC (appl.) CON-ONAULA FARMS L.L.L.P. (owner)
Chairman Rule read variance application #V20-01 and rezoning application #Z20-03; OWR, LLC, applicant and Con-onaula Farms L.L.L.P., owner for a 36.6 acre tract located at 3538 US Hwy. 41 South, Calhoun. Terry Brumlow, a local attorney, represented the request stating that the variance request is to reduce the buffer strip from 250 feet to 20 feet on north and east, 40 feet on west that fronts Highway 41, and 30 feet on the south end of property that fronts Trimble Hollow Rd. and also to rezone property from A-1 to I-2. OWR, LLC has a verbal contract to buy the existing building on the previous structure that was built if this variance and rezoning is granted. There have been several other tracts of land that has been granted the same variances and rezoning in the past and also property in the area lies in an area designated for future land use as I-2 Industrial zoning. Steve Williams, an attorney representing an adjoining property owner, Alberta Lewis Jones and Louise Morris, spoke in opposition for his clients. The concern is that if the variance is granted on the east side of this property it would be right beside their property and in future developments as well. They would like for the setback to be increased from their property line. Mr. Brumlow stated that he could not disclose who the potential buyer was at this time and could not definitely say how close to the property line they would build until they actually had a contract, it might be a greater setback than they were asking for. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
On rezoning application #Z20-03, Butch Layson made the motion to approve the rezoning request from A-1 to I-2. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.
On variance application #V20-01, Butch Layson made the motion to table the variance, then with the lack of a second, the motion dies. Nathan Serritt then made another motion to approve the variance as requested to reduce the county buffer requirements from 250 feet down to 20 feet on the north and east side of property, 40 feet on the west that fronts Highway 41, and 30 feet on the south end of property that fronts Trimble Hollow Rd. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. Eddie Smith voted with the motion. Butch Layson voted in opposition to the motion. The vote was 3-1 to approve. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.
There being no additional business, Nathan Serritt made the motion to adjourn. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.