VALDOSTA -- A street's name that remains in question will be discussed at tonight's Valdosta City Council meeting.

Several property owners of a portion of Ricardo Street have signed a petition requesting that Council rename the street portion between Ricardo and Toni Terrace to Whispering Pines Street. The Whispering Pines Home Owners Association submitted the petition.

City Engineer Von Shipman said the petition and the request were legitimate. He also said many of the property owners were not residents -- 12 of the 20 properties in the area were rental.

Several of the Councilmen raised the question that the property owners may have wanted the change because of a stigma the area has as a high-crime area.

Shipman said an option to rename the street could be to change it to Toni Terrace, since Ricardo turns into Toni.

Council will also vote on:

An ordinance to annex and rezone 17.947 acres from Flood Hazard, Manufactured Home and Single Family Residential to Multi-Family Residential. The subject property is located off Magnolia Street. The applicant wants to build the third phase of an about 832 unit housing complex. The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission approved the request at their August meeting, 6-2.

An ordinance to rezone 3.9 acres from Single Family Residential to Neighborhood Commercial. The applicant wants to expand its clubhouse and renovate the current dining facility. The subject property is located off Country Club Road. The GLPC recommended the request conditioned to the proposed uses of a restaurant and golf support facility only with a 5-1 vote.

An ordinance to rezone and annex 2.82 acres from Flood Hazard and Single Family Residential to Single Family Residential. The applicant wants to subdivide the property into four lots to build site built homes. The subject property is located off Pebblewood Drive. The GLPC recommended approval 5-3.

An ordinance to annex and rezone 1.22 acres from Single Family Residential County to Single Family Residential (R-6S/City). The applicant wants to subdivide the property into four residential lots. The subject property is located off West Magnolia Street. The GLPC recommended approval 8-0.

An ordinance to rezone .22 acres from Office Professional to Community Commercial. The applicant wants to remove a site built home on the property and build a drive thru/walk up restaurant. The GLPC recommended approval 8-0.



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