The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) voted 7:1 to recommend denial of the proposed E-A 2.5-acre-lot rezoning on Quarterman Road, in an agricultural and forestry area.
They unanimously voted to recommend approval of the R-21 half-acre-lot rezoning on Mt. Zion Church Road that is among numerous existing small lots.
In the first rezoning item, REZ-2023-04 on Quarterman Road, the County Planner mentioned that county staff had been unable to find any record of the previous (1980s) rezoning of the existing subdivision on Emily Lane west of Quarterman Road.
Gretchen Quarterman, when she spoke against, noted that she had already looked through all the minute books for the relevant years, and there is no such record in them.
Thanks to the many people who signed the petition against this rezoning. LAKE will publish that petition soon, along with letters against.
Thanks to Lowndes County Commissioner Joyce Evans for attending and for looking through the opposition letters.
When I spoke against, I complimented the County Planner for showing the Planning Commission maps of all of Quarterman Road, unlike the maps that were in the board packet.
But, as Gretchen noted, even when he showed a map of tract acreages, he still managed to omit Ferrell Scruggs’ 608.4 acres south of the road in parcel 0143 012 and Stalvey Farms West LLC (Tommy Stalvey)’s 111.02 acres directly east of the subject property in parcel 0142 009.
Planning Commissioner Chip Wildes spoke about the need
to preserve and protect rural living, wildlife, and environment against subdivision for grandchildren, not “a huge mass of humanity” like Atlanta and the Atlantic coast of Florida.
“Rural areas and habitat are a precious thing,” he said. He moved to recommend denial.
Planning Commissioner Vicki Rountree seconded.
Planning Commissioner Franklin Bailey was concerned that the applicant could not get even one additional lot.
Planning Commissioner Steve Miller pointed out that the applicant could still sell the whole property.
The vote was 7 to recommend denial.
And only one, Franklin Bailey, against denial.
The irony: Chip Wildes is a City of Valdosta appointee, and Franklin Bailey is a Lowndes County appointee.
Below are links to LAKE videos of each agenda item, with a few notes by Gretchen Quarterman, followed by a LAKE video playlist.
See also the board packet and agenda.
Later I will post the letter Gretchen Quarterman sent on behalf of LAKE, which included a summary of the signatures on the petition against the rezoning, and images of the petition sheets.
1. Call to Order, Pledge and Invocation
1. Call to Order (part 2)
2. Approval of the Meeting Minutes: July 31, 2023
There was a correction to the minutes about who was in attendance at the meeting.
3. REZ-2023-04 Chase, 6119 Quarterman Rd. E-A to R-A (part 1)
3. REZ-2023-04 Chase, 6119 Quarterman Rd. (part 2)
The vote was 7 for denial, one against (Franklin Bailey).
4. REZ-2023-10 Copeland, 3728 Mt. Zion Church Rd. E-A to R-21
This property sits between two existing subdivisions and it is appropriate to rezone for residential development. It will be combined with 7 acres that are already R-21 for a new development. Commission recommended approval unanimously.
Other Business / Meeting Adjournment
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Quarterman Road rezoning recommended against, Mt. Zion Church Road for @ GLPC 2023-08-28
Regular Session, Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC), Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, Monday, August 28, 2023.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
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