VALDOSTA -- Concerned about potential high-intensity development on Inner Perimeter corridor, the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission on Monday tabled a request to rezone 14.186 acres at the intersection of Bemiss and Inner Perimeter roads.

Planners with the South Georgia Regional Development Center requested the delay in order to meet with future developers to ascertain precise uses for the property.

The area is currently split-zoned Community Commercial and Residential Professional, and the property owners are seeking Highway Commercial zoning for the parcel. Eventual plans for the land include two car dealerships and retail commercial establishments.

Planners are concerned about setting a development precedent along the corridor, which currently shows low-intensity uses, such as churches and small retail businesses. The long-range plan for the road is to manage development so that the corridor does not lose its effectiveness as a truck route and bypass around Valdosta.

Given that the present Community Commercial zoning allows a wide range of uses, planners want to know what future plans for the property would require Highway Commercial zoning -- which would allow billboards, truck terminals or hotels.

"The remaining three corners (of the intersection) are zoned C-C or (Neighborhood Commercial), and these districts generally limit uses to less intensive uses," RDC Planners wrote to the Commission. "Also, the site-plan shows a tract for future development without any access. Staff is of the opinion that the request is not consistent with Planning Commission objectives to encourage appropriate new growth along the Inner Perimeter Road corridor."

The Commission tabled the request for 30 days to allow staff to meet with the future developers.

In other business, the Commission:

Unanimously recommended approval for a request from Raymond Blanton to rezone 16.33 acres east of Ousley Road from Mobile-home subdivision to Suburban Agricultural to install a 300-foot communications tower;

Unanimously recommended approval for a special exception request from Skylink Properties for a 150-foot communications tower at the corner of Radar Site Road and Beatty Road;

Voted 4-1 to recommend approval for a request from John Rogers, Pat Santas and Ari Santas to locate a massage therapy clinic in an existing structure at 2229 E. Park Ave. on the condition that no more than four therapists work at any given time, that the request be granted in the name of the applicants only and that hours of operation be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Commissioner Anthony Payton voted against the request, citing concerns from a nearby church as to the effect the business would have on the neighborhood;

Unanimously recommended approval for a request from Sandra L. Johnson to rezone 2.124 acres from Agricultural Use to Single-family Residential for the placement of two single family homes on two 1.06-acre parcels;

Unanimously recommended approval for a request from Joann Hunter to rezone one acre from Agricultural Use to Mobile Home Subdivision to place a mobile home on the property. Approval included a wetlands notation;

Unanimously recommended approval for a request form Bill Altman to rezone 35.151 acres on Cat Creek Road from Agricultural Use to Single-family Residential to establish a 57-lot subdivision. Approval included a wetlands notation and direction from Commissioners that an additional access road --preferably from Pine Grove Road -- be included in the final design;

Tabled the City of Valdosta's downtown rezoning proposal for another month for planners and city officials to meet with affected property owners;

Unanimously approved a request from Leroy Butler to rezone 1,600 square feet 813 E. Park Ave. from Single-family Residential to Residential Professional for an insurance office, and

Initiated the public hearing process on a text amendment altering the definition of accessory buildings to exclude swimming pools, pending the approval of Valdosta City Counc


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