The Barrow County Planning Commission has recommended approval for a special use permit which would allow an impound yard to be operated on Chandler Road.
Applicant Robbie Hearn requested the permit in order to operate a towing service on his property located at 446 Chandler Road. At Thursday’s meeting, Hearn told commission members he believes there is a need for another towing service in the area. Hearn owns 7.5 acres on Chandler Road and would like to designate an acre of his property for the impound facility. Neighbor Glen Graham opposed the request citing concerns about increased traffic and road damage. Graham told the planning commission that Chandler Road is unpaved and not well maintained. Graham said he is concerned that the tow truck traffic would cause further deterioration to the roadway and would present a safety concern in the primarily residential area. Hearn assured commission members that his property is located only one eighth of a mile from the main road and would not pass the majority of the eleven homes on Chandler Road. The planning commission voted 4-1 to approve the request with District 2 representative Wayne Alexander voting against issuing the permit. In other business, the planning commission: •recommended approval for a request to rezone 5.2 acres on Pierce Road from AG to R-1 for the purpose of constructing a four home subdivision. The homes will have a minimum of 2000 square feet. •recommended approval of a special use permit which would allow manufacturing of pre-cast stone at 670 Enterprise Drive in Auburn. The 20,000 square foot warehouse is currently used for storage. The requests will go before the Barrow County Board of Commissioners on March 25.