County planners approve rezoning
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Jul 10, 2013 | 1044 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Regional Planning Commission members approved a somewhat controversial zoning change Tuesday after it was pulled from consideration at the previous meeting in June.

Chris Townsend requested to rezone 2710 Dalton Pike from FAR (Forestry/Agricultural/Residential) to C-2 (General Commercial).

Herman Rush, who represented Townsend, pulled the item from consideration at the June meeting after a neighboring property owner argued against the change by citing zoning standards.

Charles Coppler, who lives on Roadway Drive, continued his argument on Tuesday against rezoning the property by arguing that based on county guidelines, runoff, setback requirements and buffering all need to be addressed before commissioners can approve the request.

The property is located on Roadway Drive S.E. and Lynn Drive S.E., where they intersect with Dalton Pike S.E. and Broomfield Road S.E. Coppler said based on a 1983 survey, the property line between the adjoining properties is 152 feet long and that is the widest part of the property.

He said based on county codes, the setbacks for corner lots should be 50 feet on all sides. There is only 50 feet that is useable.

Townsend requested changing a .85-acre parcel for building a convenience store or gas station. The current use of the property was listed as a dilapidated house. Based on the land use plan, which shows it suitable for commercial property, Bradley County Planner Bentley Thomas recommended the commission approve the request.

He said the function of the planning commission is not to determine if zoning requirements can be met, but to approve or deny the zoning request. It would be up to the county engineer and building inspectors to ensure the convenience store fits on the property.

The request was approved by a vote of 6-1. Mike Graves voted against approval.

The commission recommended rezoning .9 acres at 3701 Bowman Circle Drive from R-1 (Rural Residential) to C-2. Former Planning Commissioner Tony Young represented the property owner. He said the lot is about a quarter mile south of Walmart.

A permitted use review requested by Bart Bain at 349 New Hope Road was tabled because there was no one present at the meeting. Bain intends to open a veterinary clinic.

Commissioners approved abandoning a lot line so Thompson Springs Baptist Church could rebuild. The sanctuary at Thompson Springs Baptist Church was destroyed by fire in November 2009. The church was built in 1932.

Although the church owns two parcels on which they intend to rebuild the church, each property has its own deed. The building inspector would not issue a building permit because of the property line.

Matt Carlson, president of Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, asked for reapproval of a plat for a 30-home subdivision on South Lee Highway. The original approval expired in June and installation of the infrastructure was delayed by weather. In order to meet the requirements of a $160,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, at least four homes must be built and occupied by Dec. 31. The request was approved.