Senoia weighs OI rezoning proposal on Rockaway Rd.

Thu, 11/06/2008 - 4:47pm
By: Ben Nelms

A preliminary discussion Nov. 3 by the Senoia City Council on a possible annexation and rezoning of 4 acres for office use on Rockaway Road will be taken up by the city’s Planning Commission later this month. The tract borders Senoia on the east, west and south sides.

Presenting their plans to have the site rezoned from RC (Rural Conservation) to OI (Office Institutional), Jason Rogers and Josh Hall, co-owners of Jackson, Georgia-based Bogee Development, LLC said they live in Fayette County and wanted to relocate their construction management company to Senoia. Both said they wanted to build a two-story home style office building that would accommodate their offices on the first floor and meeting space for community events in the second floor. Rogers said the building, tentatively expected to be stone and HardiPlank, would look like a large home rather than an office building so that it would blend in with nearby residences.

As envisioned, the building would total approximately 14,000 square feet. Rogers said future plans tentatively included construction of two 6,000 square-foot office buildings for up to four tenants such as dentists or attorneys. Rogers said his office would employ six or seven staff and would have no trucks, equipment or other storage on the site.

Rogers said the company had been speaking with property owner Harry Mitchell for the past six months about the project. Rogers also said his company had met with homeowners at nearby Morningside subdivision and had received positive feedback.

Also speaking at the meeting were representatives from Morningside, Heritage Point and Twin Lakes subdivisions. Though some comments were favorable to the proposed project, others cited increases in traffic, especially if the main building were used for community events, and the transition to other non-residential uses if the zoning was changed to Office Institutional. Surrounding residential property is zoned R-40, neighbors said.

Council members took the advise of City Administrator Richard Ferry and voted 3-1 to have the proposal considered by the city Planning Commission at its Nov. 18 meeting. Voting to send it to the Planning Commission were Council members Larry Owens, Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham. Mayor Robert Belisle opposed. The project is expected to be taken up by the council at the first meeting in December.

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