The Spalding County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a change in zoning from C-1, highway commercial, to C-1B, heavy commercial for 2.8 acres owned by Olin D. Hunter Sr. at 1722 U.S. Highway 41 South. Robin Chandler told the commissioners he will be opening a mini-warehouse storage facility on the site.
Community Development Director Chad Jacobs said the rezoning was required as mini-warehouses are specifically excluded from the C-1 zoning, but listed in C-1B as an permitted use. Jacobs said the request was consistent with the county’s Future Land Use Plan which has the area as planned commercial. The site is between a BP gas station and Hooper Trailer, which is aleady zoned C-1B, he said.
Jacobs said his only concern was the exterior of the buildings, which he said the Chandler had proposed hardi-board while most of the others in the area are brick. The area is adjacent to but not in the Tri-County Overlay District, and brick is the theme in the overlay district, Jacobs said.
He said hardi-board does meet the requirements or brick, stone, concrete facade on the sides facing the roadway. Chandler said he wanted to use hardi-board, a masonry, durable siding, to give the office building the look of a train station.
The commissioners had concerns about outside storage and storage of RVs on the site. Chandler said he had not planned on RV storage, but if he did, they would parked in the back, not visible from the roadway.