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Both of these cases were numbered 2012-01 (one from the county and one from the city). How can they be numbered 01? If I understand correctly, these were the first cases ZBOA has received this year, and this was the first ZBOA meeting this year. That could be an indication of the state of the local economy.
ZBOA mostly considers variances as permitted in the Valdosta City LDR and the Lowndes County ULDC, typically to land uses, locations of buildings within lots, and sign sizes and locations. Here is a list of ZBOA members. Very occassionally many people show up, as when ZBOA denied McDonalds a sign variance. Mostly ZBOA has the same problem as all local elected and appointed government bodies: people show up only for one specific item that affects them directly, and then get up and walk out. They meet at the Valdosta City Hall Annex, if you want to go see them in action.
On that first case, about reverting to agricultural zoning, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Robinson got what they asked for, by unanimous ZBOA decision.
On the second case, the first motion required a tie breaking vote by the chair, who voted against it, and it went to a second motion to decide about Denny’s sign when the camera ran out. Maybe we’ll have to wait for the city to post the minutes….
Here’s a playlist:
Regular Session, Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 March 2011.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).