7/13/2015 Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MINUTES
JULY 13, 2015
The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, July 13, 2015 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, Butch Layson, Nathan Serritt and Jerry Lovelace
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 Nathan Serritt to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of June 8, 2015. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.
REZONING APPLICATION #Z15-05, CRIMSON PINHOOK ROAD, LLC
Applicant: Scott Hutchison (Tabled from the June 8, 2015 meeting)
Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z15-05, Crimson Pinhook Road, LLC, (applicant: Scott Hutchison) requesting to rezone a 10+/- acre tract located at 143 Covington Bridge Road, Fairmount from A-1 to I-1. Scott Hutchison, a realtor with Wilson, Hutchison Realty, LLC of Alpharetta, GA, represented the request explaining that his firm represented Crimson Pinhook Road, LLC and they had a potential buyer for the entire 44.25 acres but only wanted to rezone the 10+/- acres that was the previous Lacey-Champion Mills to occupy and operate a distribution facility for mats for homes and businesses. Mr. Hutchison also stated that the business is currently operating out of a warehouse in Adairsville, GA and was aware of all the stipulations that would need to be met to bring the building up to current codes before the business could begin operation, since it was built in 1989 and had been vacant for more than 5 years. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
The Planning Staff for Gordon County recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z15-05 be approved with stipulations that the sprinkler system and septic system be brought up to date.
Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z15-05 from A-1 to I-1, with the stipulations that the sprinkler system and septic system be brought up to date. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.
REZONING APPLICATION #Z15-06, RICHARD HENDRIX
Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z15-06, Richard Hendrix requesting to rezone a 2.47 acre tract located at 273 Yarborough Mill Road, Fairmount from A-1 to RA-1. Mr. Hendrix represented the request explaining that he had bought this residential house when it was about 75% completed and in order to use it as investment property, he needed to rezone because it was initially being constructed under family property. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
The Planning Staff for Gordon County recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z15-06 be approved.
Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z15-06 from A-1 to RA-1. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.
VARIANCE APPLICATION #V15-04, LG HAUSYS AMERICA, INC.
Chairman Rule read variance application #V15-04, LG Hausys America, Inc. requesting a variance for a 35.064 acre tract located at 310 LG Drive, Adairsville, GA to increase building height size. William Thompson, a local attorney, explained that this was the fourth similar variance that LG Hausys had requested, with the first being in 2003 and each of the others were approved when requested He also added that this new manufacturing facility for Viatera synthetic granite would be a 40 million dollar investment into the county. The reason the variance is to increase the height of the building from the required 60 feet to a height of 64 feet 4-1/2 inches for the gravity vertical drop in order to measure properly the raw materials necessary for quality control. All adjoining property owners had been notified.
The Planning Staff for Gordon County recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V15-04 be approved.
Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the variance application identified as #V15-04 to increase the height of the building from 60 feet to 64 feet 4-1/2 inches as requested. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.
James Ledbetter, Gordon County Staff Attorney, addressed the Planning Commission on the upcoming amendment to U.L.D.C. Table 4.03.02(E) Standards for Agricultural and Farming Operations. He pointed out the proposed changes and asks the members if there was anything else that they would like to input. After a brief discussion, they advised Mr. Ledbetter that they would like to also see a setback required for the driveways to the farming operations to be a specified distance from existing homes as well. There being no additional business, Jerry Lovelace made the motion to adjourn. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:33 p.m.