- The owner of the 69-acre tract near I-985 said he is in conversation with several groups regarding the development of the property.
- On March 3, the Buford City Commission approved a rezoning request for the property.
- Commission members also voted on several other requests including the annexation of 12.8 acres in Hall County.
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.
"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.
- Approved a requested rezoning from O-I to C-2 with a special use permit to allow an auto body repair shop (Buford Collision Center).
- Approved a special use permit to allow a window tinting business to operate on property at 4150 South Lee Street.
- Approved the annexation of 12.8 acres located at 5388 Frazer Road in Hall County.
- Authorized the city manager to proceed with right of way easement acquisition for the South Lee Street streetscape project, which will be funded through the 2009 SPLOST and the general fund.
- Approved the summer event season schedule for the Buford Community Center.
- Authorized the city manager to submit necessary documents to participate in the 2015 Community Block Development Grant program.
- Authorized payments for the School Drive improvements project, the South Hill Street pedestrian facilities project and the natural gas facilities relocation phase II project.
- Voted to renew the 2014/2015 general liability and property insurance policy.
The next meeting of the Buford City Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Article by: Kristi Reed