Packet: redo 2 rezonings, 3 extraterritorial water & sewer, $438,537 RR crossing, $2,542,586 Griner Park @ LCC 2022-09-12

Update 2022-09-21: Videos: 6 Remerton, 4 Valdosta, 1 Hahira, 1 Lowndes County cases @ GLPC 2022-08-29.

Update 2022-09-13: GA Forestry, $3 million, redoing 2 rezonings, 3 extraterritorial water and sewer @ LCC 2022-09-12.

Update 2022-09-13: County rehab center vote invalid –Valdosta Daily Times 2022-09-12.

Update 2022-09-13: Videos: slides @ LCC Millage 2022-08-23.

Lowndes County will approve spending almost $3 million this week, on a downtown Valdosta park and a railroad crossing, but you wouldn’t know that from the agenda.

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Fortunately, the board packet, received in response to a LAKE open records request, is on the LAKE website.

Maybe Lowndes County could put board packets on its own website, like other counties large and small in Georgia and Florida have been doing for many years.

Cost What
$2,542,586.00 Griner Lot Improvements
$438,537.00 Briggston Road Paving Project Agreement with Valdosta Railway, L.P.
$2,981,123.00Total

The county will also redo two rezoning decisions for which the the Chairman previously decided split votes.

Plus three extraterritorial jurisdiction water and sewer requests, one from Hahira for a sprayfield, and two for commercial properties by Valdosta.

And the county is accepting infrastructure for a subdivision, while as usual pretending that won’t cost the taxpayers anything.

Here is the agenda. See also:

LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PROPOSED AGENDA
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022, 8:30 AM
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022, 5:30 PM
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor

  1. Call To Order
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag
  4. Minutes For Approval
    1. Work Session – August 22, 2022, Millage Hearing & Regular Session – August 23, 2022, and Special Called Meeting – August 26, 2022
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
  5. Public Hearing
    1. REZ-2022-15 O’Neal Properties, 2547 US HWY 84 West, R-21 to C-H, Well & Septic, 4.53ac
      Recommended Action: Board’s Pleasure
      Documents:
    2. REZ-2022-10 The Campus Transitional Care Facility – Validity of June 16, 2022 Vote
      Recommended Action: Board’s Pleasure
      Documents:
    3. REZ-2022-10 The Campus Transitional Care Facility- OCGA § 36-66-4(f) Public Hearing
      Recommended Action: Board’s Pleasure
      Documents:
  6. For Consideration
    1. Adopt Resolution Accepting Infrastructure for The North Acres Subdivision, Phase I
      Recommended Action: Adopt
      Documents:
    2. Briggston Road Paving Project Agreement with Valdosta Railway, L.P.
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
    3. Extraterritorial Extension of Water and Sewer Services Parcel 0050 032 and 0050 033
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
    4. Extraterritorial Extension Water and Sewer Services — Parcel No. 149A 036D
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
    5. Extraterritorial Extension of Water and Sewer Services — Parcel No. 132D 001
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
  7. Bid
    1. Griner Lot Improvements
      Recommended Action: Approve
      Documents:
  8. Reports – County Manager
  9. Citizens Wishing To Be Heard – Please State Your Name and Address
  10. Adjournment

O’Neal rezoning history REZ-2021-08 2021-07-13

According to the Minutes of the Regular Session of July 13, 2021, obtained by LAKE through an open records request:

REZ-2021-08 O’Neal Properties, 2547 US HWY 84 W (0089 095/094), R-21 to C-H, Well & Septic, 4.53 Acres, Planning and Zoning Director, J.D. Dillard, presented the item. Mr. Dillard stated this request represents a change in zoning from Medium Density Residential (R-21) to Highway Commercial (C-H) zoning. Mr. Dillard further stated the applicant would like to obtain single commercial zoning on the subject property for speculative commercial marketing. Further, Mr. Dillard stated the Planning Commission recommended approval and the TRC finds this request inconsistent with existing land use patterns, but had no additional objectionable comments.

Mrs. Tina Stewart, 2621 US Hwy 84 West, spoke against the request. Mrs. Stewart stated she’s been a resident for over thirty years and in her opinion rezoning this property will lead to more accumulation of items on this property which are unnecessary. Mrs. Stewart stated she has pictures available for viewing, if needed.

Mr. Brent Stewart, 2621 US Hwy 84 West, spoke against the request. Mr. Stewart stated he rezoned this property in 1986 and he as well as other neighbors in the area are very upset about the possible rezoning of this property. Mr. Stewart stated Highway 84 West is a busy highway and changing the zoning would increase traffic and possibly decrease property values. Mr. Stewart stated he spoke with Gene Rentz, with Georgia Department of Transportation, and GDOT has issues regarding this rezoning as well.

No one spoke in favor of the request.

Commissioner Orenstein asked County Engineer, Mike Fletcher, regarding the allegation that Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is opposed to this rezoning, Mr. Fletcher stated he has not spoken to anyone with GDOT.

Commissioner Orenstein asked Mr. Dillard regarding a sales consignment lot, are there rules that govern or is that allowed by right and/or C-H zoning, Mr. Dillard stated there are supplemental standards, including buffering to adjacent properties. Commissioner Orenstein asked if there would have to be fencing or buffer requirements, Mr. Dillard responded yes.

Commissioner Orenstein asked if the house on the property would be demolished, Mr. Dillard stated that decision would be made by a potential buyer.

Commissioner Marshall asked if there was anything we could do regarding the stockpile of items at this location, Chairman Slaughter asked County Manager, Paige Dukes, to follow up with code enforcement regarding this matter. Mrs. Dukes stated there is currently an open case and steps are being followed that the court requires for us to demonstrate that we have worked with the property owner over a certain amount of time.

Commissioner Orenstein made a motion to approve the request as presented, Commissioner Marshall second. Vice Chairman Evans and Commissioner Wisenbaker opposed. Chairman Slaughter voted to break the tie with his vote being against the request, since the property is located in the middle of a residential area. With a 3-2 vote, the request was denied.

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