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Hogansville subdivision ready for next step in approval

HOGANSVILLE – A proposed property re-zoning that Hogansville City Council has been working on for about a year finally got a preliminary approval Tuesday night.  Developer Canton Partners, which owns the property on Blue Creek Road, has plans for a subdivision there.

A preliminary plat is established to design a subdivision, come up with a utility layout and street and intersection design and to approve waivers from the subdivision regulations. This ensures that the final plat design fits with the overall plan for the area, city officials said.

The property was initially zoned for R-3 residential use, but now is expected to be re-zoned to R-2 residential. An R-3 residential use is designed more for apartment-style housing, while R-2 residential is designed more for single-family homes.

In order to accommodate the request for a subdivision, the city’s planning board had to set forth some rules and conditions for the project. Council had asked the property be zoned R-2.

The planning board will take up the final plat request after the property is officially rezoned at the next council meeting. Once the plats are approved, Canton Partners may legally sell lots in the subdivision.

“This process took so long because there was a failure to understand our zoning authority over the property by property owners and they spent a lot of time looking at legal issues and we finally reached a point where we understood where we needed to go,” said James Woods, Hogansville city manager.

There will be another planning and zoning meeting on Jan. 12 to continue the discussion but Woods was confident the next step could arise before that scheduled meeting.

In other business, multiple construction projects throughout the city were a part of the council’s discussion Tuesday night:

  • There was a summary given on a major paving project completed last year on Jim and Jerry Drive and on Margaret Way that involved the road being ground down, asphalt being put down and a cap code placed over it to resurface the road.
  • Repair work is needed to be done on the sidewalks from the schoolhouse around Maple Drive to Oak Street, then on the sidewalks on Pine Street to West Elm Street.
  • A drainage project on College Street needs to be worked on where the drainage from a connective manhole under College Street needs repair. This is a result of Hogansville and Troup County dealing with 10 ½ inches of rain during a 24-hour period in December 2015, where a number of storm drains and roads were damaged throughout the city because of the heavy rains.
  • A section of Church Street is under contract and a contractor will began repairing the project in the next 180 days.
  • On Poplar Street, a pipe is expected to be dug up, replaced by a new pipe and the road way is expected to be re-done.
  • A storm drain on Green Avenue needs to be repaired.
  • Drainage underneath Floyd Road is expected to be repaired.
  • Two storm drainage projects are looking to be completed on Maple Street and Taliaferro Drive.
  • A bridge project on Elm Street is expected to be worked on sometime this year.

Also at the meeting, Councilman George Bailey was elected as the Mayor Pro-Tem by the City Council at the meeting.

 

Shirttail- Reach James Simpson II at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155, or by email at james.simpson@lagrangenews.com