ZAB to consider rezoning request for new grocery store

The zoning advisory board will consider a rezoning request to build a new grocery store at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 pm. The request, to rezone property from RA (residential agricultural) to MU (mixed use), consists of 22.3 +/- acres located at the southeast corner of SR 155 and Kelleytown Road.

Meetings are held at the Henry County Administration Building located on Henry Parkway in McDonough. The application also includes a concurrent request to amend the comprehensive land use plan from rural residential to mixed use.

In July 2017, the board of commissioners approved a FLUM amendment to designate a portion of the subject property for commercial development. A rezoning request at the time for C-1 (neighborhood commercial) was withdrawn by the applicant.

The proposed development includes an unnamed grocery store, auxiliary shops, and commercial outparcels. The developer, JWA Ventures II, LLC of Montgomery, AL, is also the developer behind the new Shoppes at Ola Crossroads.

The grocery store and associated commercial development are located on 12.75 +/- acres. If approved, the development is expected to break ground in August 2020 with a one-year construction time period.

The applicant’s intended use for the remaining 9.56 +/- acres is unspecified. Henry County planning staff have recommended zoning conditions allowing up to twenty-five dwelling units on the remaining acreage if the applicant so chooses.

The potential dwelling units would be on lots with a minimum of 22,000 square feet (one half-acre or equivalent to the R-2 on sewer zoning district). The houses would start at a minimum of 2,400 square feet of heated space and include side entry garages.

Planning staff have recommended approval of the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning request. Staff reports are available to view on the county website: Comp Plan amendment | Rezoning request

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