VALDOSTA -- The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission said good-bye to a longtime member Monday night.

Robert Jefferson, a commission member since 1993, has decided to retire from the position. Not only has Jefferson been a member, but he has also been chairman of the commission.

"It's time for me to move on," Jefferson said. "But I enjoyed working with all of you and getting to be a part of this commission."

Chairwoman Jennifer Powell thanked Jefferson for his service and said he would be missed.

Jefferson presented the commission with three names to replace him -- Johnny P. Ball, Odette Battle and Alvin Payton Jr. The names will be sent to the Valdosta City Council for its approval.

The commission also made the following recommendations:

To deny the request to rezone 0.48 acres from Single Family Residential to Rural Commercial. The subject property is located at the southeast corner of Seymour Street and Maxine Avenue in Lowndes County. The applicant would like to expand his business, Thomas Collision and Thomas Automotive. The vote was 4-3, with W.G. Walker, Gary Moser and John Bailey opposed to the denial.

To unanimously approve to request to rezone 1.1 acres from Agricultural Use to Suburban Agriculture to subdivide the parcel from land located across Cole Road. The subject property is located at the intersection of Cole Road and Shiloh Road in Lowndes County.

To unanimously approve a request to rezone 1 acre from Agricultural Use to Single Family Residential to replace a manufactured home with a site built home. The subject property is located off Moore Road in Lowndes County.

To unanimously approve a request to rezone 4.02 acres from Agricultural Use to Single Family Residential to subdivide one acre for the applicant's son to place a home on the property. The subject property is located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Smith Street in Lowndes County.

To approve 6-1 a request to rezone 0.916 acres from Community Commercial to Light Manufacturing. The applicant wants to rent the metal building on the property for light manufacturing uses. The subject property is located off East Savannah Avenue in the Valdosta city limits. Tim Carroll was opposed to the approval.

To unanimously approve a request to rezone 0.234 acres from Multi-Family Residential to Community Commercial for speculative commercial uses. The subject property is located off Baytree Road in the Valdosta city limits.

To unanimously approve a request to table a Hahira rezoning request for one month. The applicant wishes to speak with the City of Hahira to discuss zoning boundaries of the request.

To unanimously approve a request for a Special Exception to establish three accessory buildings on an adjacent lot in a Light Manufacturing zoning district. The applicant also requested a variance to the Front Yard Building Setback. The subject property is located within the Hahira Business Park off Highway 122. The accessory buildings will be used for lumber storage.

To unanimously approve tabling a request for a Special Exception to establish a Personal Care Home in a Single Family Residential zoning district. The subject property is located off Lake Drive, between Gordon and Island Streets in Lake Park. The request was tabled to make sure that all residents surrounding the subject property are properly notified of the zoning request.

To unanimously approve postponing a text amendment until the August meeting for further discussion. The text amendment would replace the existing Planned Development regulations and replace them with new Planned Residential, Planned Commercial and Planned Mixed Use Development standards.

To unanimously approve three separate text amendments for Lowndes County and the cities of Valdosta and Hahira. The text amendment would further define the size of signs that could be placed on businesses operated inside business owners' residences.

To unanimously approve two separate text amendments for the cities of Lake Park and Dasher to adopt water resource protection districts as an amendment to the zoning ordinance, by removing it and making it its own ordinance. This would place enforcement in the hands of the city engineer, not the zoning administrator.

The commission only makes recommendations to the cities of Valdosta, Dasher, Hahira and Lake Park governments, as well as the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners. Final actions are only made by the governing bodies.

The commission will meet again June 28 at 5:30 p.m.



To contact reporter Michelle Taylor, please call 229-244-3400, ext. 245.

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