Applications for rezonings in May continue to lag
by Kristal Dixon
kdixon@cherokeetribune.com
May 29, 2011 12:00 AM | 1276 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The list of rezoning applications submitted throughout the county continues to be short.

Only one rezoning application was submitted in Cherokee this month. None were submitted in April.

Nine requests have been filed so far this year, a steep drop from 20 filed by this point last year.

This month’s sole rezoning request went to the Cherokee County Planning and Zoning Department.

Tribble Alley, LLC is requesting to rezone 23 acres at 1387 Holbrook Campground Road near Free Home from R-60 residential to agricultural. The property owner is requesting the rezoning for agricultural purposes and to build a home on the property.

The application will be heard by the Cherokee County Planning Commission at 7 p.m. July 5.

So far this year, only eight cases have been submitted to the county, down from 16 submitted at this time last year.

County Commissioner Harry Johnston said one of the biggest reasons why rezonings continue to lag is that developers “just can’t get the financing” needed to start projects.

Johnston added he is unsure of what the future holds when it comes to rezonings.

“I wish I knew when the real estate market will turn around,” he said.

Woodstock has no cases submitted for its July 6 hearing. Canton also didn’t have any submitted for its June 20 hearing. Neither city also had any cases submitted last month.

So far this year, Woodstock has not had any cases, down from one submitted last year.

Canton has had only one case submitted to them this year, the same amount it had by this time last year.

Woodstock Planning Commission member John Szczesniak agreed that it was a “funding issue” that’s driving the lack of rezonings.

Szczesniak added there are some signs the market is turning around, but added as long as gas prices continue to remain high, a recovery won’t be anywhere near in sight.

“I think it’s going to be too rocky for people to take the risk,” he said.

Holly Springs didn’t have any cases submitted for its June 23 hearings. It also didn’t have any submitted in April and had two submitted by this same point last year.

So far this year, Holly Springs hasn’t received any requests, down from the two it had submitted by this same time last year.

Community Development Director Brantley Day said rezoning requests in the past would indicate a property owner was seeking approval for a residential or commercial development.

Now, there continues to be “overstocked with vacant lots and plenty of empty commercial space.”

“The lack of rezoning requests also indicates that no land use changes are currently desired in the local market,” he said. “In other words, we already have plenty of properly zoned properties available.”
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