Valdosta Daily Times

April 9, 2014

Lowndes County Board of Commissioners rezones

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — At Tuesday afternoon's meeting, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners approved several rezoning changes, considered a recent Board of Assessors appeal and voted on grant requests, among other things.

The Board voted to rezone 3921 and 3927 Old Pine Road from Low Density Residential (R-1) and Residential Agricultural (R-A) to Suburban Density Residential (R-10), allowing more lots to be developed as a residential subdivision.

The Board voted to rezone 5724 Dawkins Road from Estate Agricultural (E-A) and Low Density Residential (R-1) to R-A, eliminating the split zoning and allowing the properties to be used for agricultural purposes.

The Board voted to rezone 2811 US Hwy 1 South from Medium Density Residential (R-21) to Highway Commercial (C-H), allowing Bennett's Tree Service to use the property in conjunction with its existing operation.

The Board approved the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a $200,000 grant with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety that would fund the development and implementation of programs focused on traffic safety, pedestrian safety, occupant protection and traffic records.

The Board approved the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency to submit a proposal to Georgia Emergency Management Agency for funding the placement of nine Automated External Defibrillators in local facilities with high public traffic, such as City Hall, the Judicial Complex, the County Administration Building and local libraries.

After the Board of Equalization granted a 15 percent depreciation to the Packaging Corporation of America against the Board of Assessors recent ruling concerning the value of PCA's local personal property, the Board of Assessors announced their intent to take the Board of Equalization's decision to the Superior Court.

The law requires the Board of Commissioners to vote on that intent when the depreciation involved is 20 percent or less, and the Board voted to not prohibit the Board of Assessors from moving forward with its intent.

The Board voted to add the cost of emergency repairs to a failed culvert to a contract awarded to the Scruggs Company for the widening of Val Del Road. The culvert failed over the weekend, making the road unsafe for drivers.

The Board also appointed Gregory Powell to the Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful Board.