Rezoning requests down from 2 to 0
by Kristal Dixon
April 28, 2011 12:00 AM | 2502 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The rezoning caseload throughout Cherokee County is on the descent again in its ongoing roller coaster ride.

No rezoning cases have been submitted by this month’s deadlines, which is down from two last month and three in April 2010.

Eight requests have been filed so far this year, falling from 17 submitted by this point a year ago.

The Cherokee County Planning and Zoning Department, which handles cases for unincorporated Cherokee, Ball Ground and Waleska, didn’t receive any applications for its June 7 public hearing, said Zoning Administrator Vicki Lee Taylor.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will consider a board-initiated rezoning request for property within the Cherokee 75 business park during its May 17 meeting.

The cases, filed by Commissioner Karen Bosch, seek to rezone the six-acre Dunn tract in the business park off Highway 92 in southwest Cherokee county from R-40 single-family residential to light industrial and the 42-acre Tyson tract from agricultural to light industrial.

The county department had no requests filed last month, with three submitted in April 2010. So far, Cherokee County has had seven cases this year, declining from 17 filed at this point last year.

The City of Woodstock reported no requests were submitted for its June 1 public hearing, according to Patti Hart, the city’s zoning administrator. Woodstock also saw none come in last month or in April 2010.

The city has not seen any requests so far this year, slipping from one submitted last year.

Woodstock Planning Commission member Jeff Wood said there’s a vast amount of available land that already has the proper zoning for builders, which could be contributing to the lag.

Land owners, he said, also are still holding onto their property in hopes of the market improving before they sell it to developers.

“It doesn’t cost them anything to hold onto it,” he said, adding he doesn’t know when the city may see an upswing.

The City of Holly Springs hasn’t received any rezoning requests for its Friday deadline, said Community Development Director Brantley Day.

The city hasn’t had any requests so far this year nor had it at this point a year ago.

Nelson also hasn’t been given any requests this month, dropping from one in March — the first request presented to the city in two years.

The City of Canton also didn’t see any requests by its deadline this month, which is down from one in March and unchanged from April 2010.

The city has been given one case so far this year, the same at this point a year ago.

Canton Zoning Administrator Steve Green said his office has fielded inquiries about vacant land and its potential uses. A rise in requests could begin soon, he said, as the warmer months tend to bring more activity.

“People want to get their plans in, reviewed and permitted in anticipation of warmer spring weather,” he said.
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