Molly Stevenson, Engineering/Planning Technician, reminded Commissioners that the main reason for the Val Del Road rezoning is to be able to subdivide at a greater density. Then she recited the reasons to deny it.
Chairman Bill Slaughter reminded Commissioners they’d tabled it twice, and “I’d very much like to get this resolved at this meeting.” By which he meant the Regular Session this evening at 5:30 PM, not the Work Session yesterday morning at which he said that. At least one Commissioner had a question.
The second longest item was 6 m. Approval of the 2019 Commission Meeting Calendar, because of two questions by Commissioners.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda with LAKE notes, and the LAKE videos of the 13 November 2018 Regular Session when they tabled it the second time, the LAKE blog of the county’s own videos of its 9 October 2018 Regular Session when they tabled it the first time, and the LAKE videos of the 12 November 2018 Work Session.
- 1. Call to Order 4. Minutes for Approval
5a. REZ-2018-17 5999 Val Del Road E-A to R-1, 98.95 acres
Video. After the Chairman said he’d like a decision this time, Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know: “So you’re saying that it stands as they don’t want it to be developed at all, or the 2.5, or the one acre; where are we at.”
Planner Stevenson said, “The conceptual plan that is presented has an average 1.66 acres. Staff had recommended R-A zoning, which is 2.5 minimum acres.”
The agenda sheet says “the applicant’s conceptual site plan is attached.” But of course we the taxpaying and traffic-affected public don’t get to see it. Why the Lowndes County Commission considering rezoning for a subdivision that its own staff says doesn’t fit the Comprehensive Plan Character Area, is outside the Urban Service Area, would add significant traffic, and many neighbors spoke against it, plus the Planning Commission recommended denial? The Commission tabled in October, and again in November, when Commissioners asked for an update, but now staff says, “There are no updates to the overall case status.”
If they can’t deny this one, what rezoning can they ever deny?
- 5b. REZ-2018-19 Old US 41 N. R-1 to C-G, 1.098 acres
- 6 a. Amendment to existing 5311 Third Party Operating Agreement
- 6b. Approval of Third Party Operator Contract 5311 Public Transportation
- 6c. Georgia DoT Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG)
- 6 d. Abandonment of unopened Right of Way off of Reed Road
- 6e. Adopt Resolution Accepting infrastructure Creekside West Phase 3C
- 6 f. Adoption of the 2019-2020 Budget Calendar
- 6g. Beer License- Bigfoot Travel Center #926- 7212 Lake Blvd.
- 6h.Beer, Wine, and Liquor License- Southern Comforts Liquor 3954 Old Hwy 41
- 6 i. 2019 Holiday Schedule
- 6 j. Section 125 Plan Document Renewal for 2019
- 6 k. Workers’ Compensation Insurance Renewal
- 6 l. Stop Loss Insurance Coverage Through BCBSGA
6 m. Approval of the 2019 Commission Meeting Calendar
Video. Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know what they were going to do about meeting on holidays, such as January 21 and 22. January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After much hemming and hawing, they decided to hold both the Work Session and the Regular Meeting on January 22nd.
Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker wanted to know when the retreat would be. Answer: “No sir.” Traditionally the public will find out a few days before the retreat.
- 6 n. Resolution Authorizing Valdosta Housing Authority to Issue Bonds
- 6 o. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application
- 6 p. Request to Purchase Demo Rescue Equipment
- 6q. DUI Court grant award
- 6r. USDA Service Center Building Lease Agreement
- 7 a. Sale of Surplus Lakes Blvd. Property
- 8. Reports (none) 10. Adjournment
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: The Settlement North on Val Del Road back again
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, December 10, 2018.
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