The Val Del Road rezoning breezed through unanimously in four minutes, with one Planning Commissioner wondering if Val Del Road could handle the traffic, and nobody speaking against. The Valdosta cases took almost half an hour, with three split votes (yes, three votes on two cases).
Final decisions will be made by the Lowndes County Commission on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for REZ-2019-12 Val Del Rd., and by the Valdosta Mayor-Council on Thursday, September 5, 2019, for the paired Valdosta cases, as you can see in the agenda. The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) is an advisory body only, with the actual decisions being made by those other bodies, as its Chair Vicki Rountree explained at the beginning of the session, before she had to vote thrice to resolve tied votes. You can hear Gretchen Quarterman of LAKE explaining it towards the end of the final LAKE video.
After they adjourned, they kept talking about a joint ordinance to the six governments, without saying what that was about. Since Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter was standing up there at the time, I would guess it’s the SPLOST VIII agreement.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item, with a few notes, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda. And come to the Lowndes County or Valdosta decision meetings if you care about one of those cases.
- 1. Call to Order, Pledge, Invocation
- 1. Call to Order (Continued)
- 1. Approval of the Meeting Minutes: July 29, 2019
. REZ-2019-12 Val Del Rd., 0072 061, 28 ac., 61 lots, R-1 to P-D
Where along Val Del Road it wants to put them is not stated in the Planning Commission agenda for today. According to the maps shown at this meeting, it’s towards the north of the parcel. The county ran water and sewer up to Nelson Hill, which you can see to the northwest of the NATCO tract.
4. VA-2019-06 5. CU-2019-05 Shannon Perkins, 704 Holly Dr,, Personal Care Home
Video. Tied vote to approve, resolved by Chair Vicki Rountree voting against, causing the motion to fail. She said she was echoing Commissioner Ed Hightower’s concern about spot zoning.
Tied vote to deny, again resolved by Chair voting to deny.
5. CU-2019-05 vote to deny
Video. Tied vote to deny, resolved by Chair also voting to deny.
- 6. Establish website minutes are the official minutes
- Joint ordinance to the six governments
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Sixty-one lots on Val Del Road
Regular Session, Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2019-08-26.
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