More commercial planned for Palmetto Road

Mon, 07/02/2007 - 8:30am
By: Ben Nelms

The conceptual site plan for Tyrone Crossing commercial/office development on Tyrone-Palmetto Road near Ga. Highway 74 received unanimous approval by the Tyrone Planning Commission Thursday night after resolving a question that arose last month over a legal question relating to the zoning category of the two-acre site. Plans call for construction of seven buildings of 5,000-7,000 square feet.

Portions of property on both sides of Tyrone-Palmetto Road between Hwy. 74 and the railroad tracks were zoned Limited Use Commercial (LUC) several years ago as part of a proposed master plan for the area, town manager Barry Amos told commissioners at the May meeting. Specific to the Tyrone Crossing proposal was the fact that LUC zoning requires a five-acre minimum and the site of the Tyrone Crossing proposal included only two acres.

Deferred in May until advice from town attorney Brad Sears could be obtained, commissioners were told Thursday that there was no problem or issue with the zoning.

“The council set the precedent five years ago by allowing this property to be smaller than the LUC requirement when they zoned it LUC,” Sears said.

Commissioners included three conditions in the motion to approve the commercial site adjacent to the Sycamore Grove development. The most noteworthy of the three involved the large sycamore tree located on the site. Landscape architect Becky Morris said reports from a tree surgeon indicated that the tree had a 70 percent chance of dying once construction was completed. That report and a subsequent discussion led to the condition that the developer replace the old tree with three sycamores and that they be approved prior to installation. The two remaining conditions called to exterior lighting to be placed downward and inward and that the landscaping plan come before the commission prior to the work beginning.

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