Locust Grove to vote on rezoning requests and new ordinance for public comments

Map of industrial projects in Locust Grove December 2018
Map of proposed industrial projects in Locust Grove, as of December 2018. (staff photo)

The Locust Grove city council will hold their first meeting of the new year on Monday, January 7, at 6:00 pm. Meetings are held at the public safety building located next to city hall along highway 42.

Rezoning Requests

Agenda items include votes to rezone property for the ClayCo industrial project along Price Drive and continuation of Berkeley Lakes subdivision on Davis Road. Public hearings for these agenda items were held on November 19.

The ClayCo project looks to build five warehouses on 264 acres, totaling 3.3 million square feet of new industrial space. One warehouse has already been constructed after the city approved phase I of the project in 2016.

The continuation of the Berkeley Lakes subdivision is an improvement over the existing zoning. The 42.5 acre property was rezoned in 2006 to allow minimum lot sizes of approximately 7,600 square feet. The applicant is requesting to increase the minimum lot size to 10,000 square feet, reducing the number of lots on the property. Site access will be provided through existing streets in the Berkeley Lakes subdivision.

New Ordinance for Public Comment

The council will consider adopting a new ordinance to establish policy for public comment. This comes after recent meetings have seen a significant increase in public attendance and concern from city residents regarding the recent annexation on Colvin Drive.

No public hearing has been conducted on the proposed ordinance and no online copy of the proposed ordinance has been made available. Recent meetings have included a ten minute limit on public comments, with no more than three minutes per speaker. If those limits are adopted by the city council, Locust Grove would become one of the most restrictive local governments in metro Atlanta for public comment. During a recent article series by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, looking at public comment rules for county commissions and city councils within the five core counties, no local government utilizes a ten minute limit as their only timeframe for public comment.

A copy of the meeting agenda is available on the city website.

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