Carrollton City Council approved several items of city business at its monthly meeting this week, including rezonings and land acquisition assistance with schools in the city of Carrollton.
Mayor Betty Cason opened the meeting with a proclamation for the Mayor’s Book Club, part of Georgia City Solutions. According to the proclamation, 74% of fourth graders in Georgia do not read well, and research shows that children who cannot read well by the end of third grade are more likely to have poor health, have discipline problems and dropping out of high school.
“Collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships must be undertaken to address literacy issues,” the proclamation said.
The Mayor’s Book Club program is offered by Georgia City Solutions, the nonprofit Georgia Municipal Association. The goal of the program is to improve literacy skills and overall early reading achievement among children and youth in cities in Georgia through the encouragement, support, and leadership of city mayors, in accordance with the proclamation.
According to the proclamation, Georgia City Solutions has ordered a series of children’s books for use in the program to teach young readers about local government and a copy of the first book in the series titled, Georgia Caroline Visits City Hall, is provided in the program starter kit.
The Council approved 4-0 a City of Carrollton resolution authorizing City Manager David Brooks to transfer certain “real property and unrestricted funds” to the Carrollton Independent School System School Board. According to the resolution, the school system purchased approximately 100 acres on or near Cottage Hill Road, located near the school system’s existing campus and the Route 166 bypass. The city has property adjacent to the property of the school and the city plan to transfer and transport it on school property, in accordance with the resolution.
The school system intends to use all properties mentioned for the construction and development of educational facilities and related recreational and athletic facilities for cooperative use by the community and the school system for related activities, programs educational, sporting events and programs, in accordance with resolution .
According to the resolution, the city wishes to contribute up to $5 million to the school system to be used for acquisition costs to acquire additional parcels for inclusion in the project, through negotiated purchase, condemnation or otherwise. .
Plaintiff Benchmark Brokers, Inc. seeks annexation and rezoning of approximately 2.43 acres located at 2032 West Highway 166, which is the Maple Street area. City Manager Brooks said the annexation and rezoning application was originally requested by the applicant to be annexed to the city as part of the C-3 zoning district, but has since applied to be annexed to the city in part of the institutional zoning district of the OI office. Notification has been made to Carroll County regarding the requested zoning change.
Applicant is requesting rezoning in order to market the property for commercial or office use. The applicant is also requesting a waiver of the Signs Ordinance to permit a free standing monument sign on Sector 1 for businesses in Sectors 2 and 3. Council approved this request 3-1, with Councilor Jim opposing Watters.
Plaintiff Johnny Blankenship II, on behalf of Buildsouth, Ltd., is requesting rezoning of approximately 17.0 acres at 416 Old Newnan Road. City Manager Brooks detailed the rezoning application stating that the developer is requesting an 8,000 square foot R-8 single-family residential lot zoning to construct a 47-lot single-family residential subdivision. Brooks said access to the subdivision would be from Old Newnan Road and Burns Road. An adjacent owner objected that the density was too high and was concerned about traffic.
This request was finally approved 4-0 with eight conditions. The conditions are:
1. The developer must comply with R-8 landscape zoning requirements for the entire project, including streetscape trees.
2. A 20 foot landscaped buffer shall be installed adjacent to the Carrollton GreenBelt to protect the Carroll County Public Works facility.
3. A spur to the Carrollton GreenBelt must be installed.
4. The developer must establish a mandatory Homeowners Association (HOA) and must file a binding statement of covenants and restrictions for the community. These commitments must be recorded before the recording of a final dish. These covenants must specifically and clearly incorporate all zoning conditions and restrictions. The HOA will have the right and obligation to enforce these covenants and restrictions before and after building permits are issued.
5. The covenants will specify that no more than 20% of the units may be rented at any one time and may only be occupied by a residential family unit of no more than two unrelated persons.
6. Front and side yards must be landscaped and grassed.
7. Vehicles may only be parked on paved areas designated for this purpose. No inoperable vehicle shall be held on a batch for more than 72 hours.
8. Garages must not occupy more than 40% of the total facade of the building. This measure does not apply to garages facing a driveway, if the driveways are incorporated into the final design.
The board unanimously approved four appointments to the Carrollton Planning Commission board. The board will reappoint Jean Waldrop and Casey Vance with terms ending December 31, 2025 and reappoint Rodney Smith and Brett Hicks to fill the expired terms of Bo Bass and Steve Moore, both terms ending December 31, 2025.
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