Butts County

Butts County’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday will hear several zoning and special-use cases during its monthly meeting, including a case involving a High Falls Road greenhouse and nursery.

Mark Cartonio, of Mark’s Lawn and Garden, is seeking to rezone 4.84 acres of property at 2640 High Falls Road from agricultural-residential use to a C-2 commercial use. According to a letter to county zoning officials submitted as part of the request, Cartonio would like to conduct retail sales of plants and garden supplies on the property, which is not allowed in the AR zoning category.

He is also seeking a variance to parking lot paving requirements, asking for crushed gravel to be allowed to be more in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood.

But Cartonio may not need a rezoning of his property to accomplish his goal.

Also on the Planning Commission’s agenda for Thursday is a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance — which defines zoning categories and allowable property uses — that would permit retail plant sales in AR with a special-use permit.

Cartonio on May 30 filed a request for such a permit with Butts County officials.

The Planning Commission is expected to make a recommendation Thursday on the amendment to allow plant sales in AR, which would then go to the Board of Commissioners during a special called meeting June 24. Other proposed amendments to the UDO include a mechanism to ease impervious surface restrictions if stormwater management plans are in place, and allowing swimming pools to be located in front yards in some cases.

Also on the Planning Commission’s agenda for Thursday is a special-use request for a telecommunications tower on a 69-acre lot off Lamars Mill Road. According to the application, the tower would be 350 feet tall.

The Planning Commission will also take up rezoning and special-use applications for a truck repair facility to be located at 178 Glade Road. Bostick, Bowers, Padgett LTD is requesting a special-use permit and for 24.22 acres be rezoned from residential to C-2 commercial for the facility and associated parking.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the cases at 6 p.m. June 13. The Butts County Board of Commissioners is expected to take up the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendations during its meeting at 6 p.m. June 24.

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Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.

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