The LaGrange City Council voted to approve the rezoning of an undeveloped area on Country Club Road under special conditions.
Developer, Boxwood LaGrange LLC, requested to rezone about 7.8 acres adjacent to Country Club Road, west of Hollis Hand Elementary School, from R-1 to R-8.5.
Many area residents were opposed to the rezoning at the Aug. 12 public hearing, arguing that it would increase the numbers of lots allowed on the property thus impacting traffic, and the subdivision would not be consistent with homes in the Country Club area.
LaGrange City Planner Leigh Threadgill said after the public hearing, the Board of Planning and Zoning came up with special conditions under the rezoning that addressed some of resident’s concerns.
The change to R-8.5 would allow the subdivision to have more lots than the 19-lot maximum requirement in R-1 zones; A special condition in the substitute ordinance states that no more than 24 lots should be allowed on the property.
The new ordinance requires a 50-foot landscape buffer along the Country Club Road frontage, with at least 75 percent of trees coming from the city’s approved tree list, which would provide some consistency of landscaping along the road, Threadgill said.
The minimum square footage of the homes was increased in the substitute ordinance.
Threadgill said in R-8.5 zoning, homes are required to have a minimum of 1,200 square feet, but was increased to 1,600 square feet under the special conditions of the rezoning to be more consistent with sizes of homes in the area.
Architectural requirements for the rezoning under the substitute ordinance include homes with exterior materials to include stone, wood, stuck, brick, or hardy plank and several other conditions.
At the public hearing, some residents voiced concerns that the subdivision would negatively affect wetlands and storm water drainage; According to Threadgill, the city has a “storm water review process,” that is not handled through the Board of Zoning and Appeals, but developers must have the review completed before the development begins.
In other business at the Tuesday afternoon city council meeting, council voted to accept ownership of Cannon Street School, which was transferred from the Troup County Board of Education.
The transfer of ownership does not include any payments between the entities.
City Manager Tom Hall said the city plans to continue to allow the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia to lease part of the building, with the potential of the building housing other organizations.
“The idea that everyone has is to house community-based groups and provide them an affordable and safe place,” Hall said.
Hall said several organizations have already expressed interest in the use of the building.
Council also voted to approve an agreement that would allow the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority to manage and operate Boyd Park, which is currently undergoing renovations to include an amphitheater for concerts, community gatherings and events. Though the city still owns the property, the development authority will operate and promote the facility.
Council also voted to approve a resolution that supports the Mission Zero Corridor Project on the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway on I-85 in Troup County.
The project aims at establishing the most sustainable highway in the United States by demonstrating “cutting edge, innovative and sustainable practices and technologies in highway design and management.”
The resolution does not call for monetary support.
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Georgia Conservancy will be heading the project with support from the Troup County Board of Commissioners and the Georgia Department of Transportation.