Update 2022-09-13: GA Forestry, $3 million, redoing 2 rezonings, 3 extraterritorial water and sewer @ LCC 2022-09-12.
The newspaper of record reported on the unusual redo of a zoning decision by the Lowndes County Commission, noting the Commissioners did not follow the law in at least two ways.
But it did not say who discovered those infractions: the County Attorney? The County Planner? The Chairman who cast the tie-breaking vote? Somebody who sued or threatened to sue?
Want to dig into that question, VDT?
Meanwhile, the Commission will proceed with correcting its infractions in three agenda items this evening.
7.b. REZ-2022-10 The Campus Transitional Care Facility, 2193 Howell Rd
LAKE Video of the erroneous hearing and vote on June 16, 2022.
Malia Thomas, Valdosta Daily Times, September 12, 2022, County rehab center vote invalid,
VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Commission will have to revisit a controversial rezoning decision in light of a discovery that the original vote was invalid due to a “failure to follow zoning procedures.”
On June 16, the County Commission voted to rezone property located at 2193 Howell Road from Estate Agricultural to Planned Development for a transitional care facility called Redeemed Living.
Despite the Planning Commission’s 7-3 recommendation for denial, citing concerns about the impact on the subject property and surrounding area, commissioners approved the proposal in a tie-breaking 3-2 vote, with Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter casting the tie-breaking vote.
Redeemed Living is a nonprofit, faith-based recovery residency for men to live sober after addiction. Brent Moore, the founder, plans for occupancy to reach up to 52 residents and will develop the property in phases, with a maximum occupancy of five residents per house and one resident per cabin.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated…
The VDT story goes on to quote the law, probably from the board packet.
But the VDT does not say who discovered the county violated the law at least two ways.
Did the alleged County Attorney do his job?
Did the County Planner read the ULDC?
Did the Chairman realize the error of his tie-breaking vote?
Or did somebody sue or threaten to sue?
If so, who?
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Here’s the update. Somebody filed a lawsuit saying the Commissioners didn’t follow proper procedure. They also accused Wisenbaker of having a vested financial interest in approving the rezone (wouldn’t surprise me).
Speak with your votes people!
Please don’t forget this facility will come up for rezoning once again between 6-9 months from September 13th. The commissioners will vote again.
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