By Kristi Reed
The Barrow County Board of Commissioners tabled a vote on a 144-acre mixed used development Tuesday night to allow time for the completion of a traffic study and to give the applicant additional time to modify the original request.
After the planning commission failed to recommend approval for the Rockwell Church Road development, the owners, Daniel Blitch and Mary Bean, decided to modify the plans to address concerns raised by area residents.
The original plans called for 237 single family residences, 19 apartment buildings and six commercial buildings.
Several local residents voiced opposition to the mixed use development at the September 17 meeting of the planning commission citing concerns about infrastructure and potentially higher property taxes.
The request has been tabled until the November 25 meeting of the county commission.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a $157,450 bid by Manning Brothers to provide kitchen equipment for the new criminal justice facility.
The bid was approximately $64,000 less than what planners had originally anticipated spending on the equipment.
Assistant administrator Michael Fischer said he was very pleased that the project was coming in under budget. Fischer said he would be meeting with Manning Brothers this week to see if additional savings are possible.
According to Fischer, the entire criminal justice facility project remains on schedule and under-budget.
“I can’t wait to let you know how it comes out,” he said. “Right now, [the expenses are] tracking very well.”
Dist. 2 commissioner Bill Brown thanked Fischer and his staff for their work in saving taxpayer money.
“I really appreciate what you’ve done as far as keeping a close eye on this,” Brown said.
The board also voted on several planning and zoning issues at Tuesday night’s meeting. The board:
• approved a request to rezone 1.8 acres at 681 Tucker Road from AG to R1.
• approved a rezone to split 5.37 acres at 517 Bee Maxey Road into three tracts and change the zoning from AG to R1 on two of the tracts and from AG to AR on the third tract.
• approved a request to rezone 2.021 acres at 2113 Dooley Town Road from AR to R1.
• approved a request to rezone 10.4 acres on Bowman Mill Road from R1 to AG.
• approved a special use permit for Cynergya Polymer Group to allow plastics recycling at 680 Enterprise Drive.
• approved a request to rezone 5.1 acres on Cliff Day Road from AG to AR to split property into two tracts.
• approved a rezoning request to change 1.1 acres at 192 Pickle Simon Road from M2 to C3 for the purpose of operating an indoor play place for children.
• adopted an amendment to the sign ordinance which removes all content related references.