A large piece of property located behind the Buford Walmart and Lowe's could soon be developed as a retail center.
On Monday, March 3, applicant Scott Puckett won approval to have the property rezoned from M-1 (light industrial district) to C-2 (general business district) for the purpose of developing a 624,615-square-foot retail center.
Several homeowners were on hand to voice their concerns and to ensure conditions previously negotiated by the homeowners and the applicant's representatives were included as part of the rezoning.
Pastor Richard Hunter of Sugar Hill United Methodist spoke Monday night on behalf of nearby residents.
"We realize that development is a part of our community," he said. "We're not opposed to development of business but we do have some major concerns because we're concerned about the quality of life and also the value of our homes."
Hunter, along with other homeowners, conferred with commission members before the rezoning vote. In addition to several conditions agreed upon prior to the March 3 meeting, another condition was added which will require commission approval for any building over two stories to be constructed along the border with residential properties.
In other business during the March 3 meeting, the Buford City Commission:
The next meeting of the Buford City Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Article by: Kristi Reed
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