Planners to review Rockaway rezoning

Thu, 11/13/2008 - 5:04pm
By: Ben Nelms

Senoia Planning Commission Nov. 18 will discuss a possible annexation and rezoning on Rockaway Road for use as office and community meeting space. The issue is being sent to planning commissioners after it was discussed Nov. 3 by the city council.

Bogee Development, LLC co-owners Jason Rogers and Josh Hall asked that the four acre tract, currently zoned RC (Rural Conservation) by Coweta County, be considered for OI (Office Institutional) zoning. The property is situated on the east side of Rockaway Road near the Morningside, Heritage Point and Twin Lakes residential developments and borders Senoia on the east, west and south sides.

Rogers and Hall, both of whom live in Fayette County, said they would like to relocate their construction management company to Senoia, adding that they had spoken with property owner Harry Mitchell about the project. They described plans for the office building as being approximately 14,000 square feet and having the look of a large two-story home constructed of stone and HardiPlank. They said the first floor of the building would accommodate their offices while the second floor could be used as meeting space for community events. Rogers said the building would be designed purposefully to look like a large home rather than an office building so that it would blend in with nearby residences.

Rogers said if able to relocate to Senoia, his office would employ six or seven staff and would have no trucks, equipment or other storage on the site.

Rogers said future plans tentatively included construction of two 6,000 square-foot office buildings for up to four tenants such as attorneys or dentists.

Though some of the comments by neighbors were favorable, others cited likely increases in traffic, especially if the main building were used for community events, and the transition of other nearby properties to non-residential uses if the zoning was changed to Office Institutional.

Council members acted on the advice of City Administrator Richard Ferry and, after some discussion, voted 3-1 to have planning commissioners consider the proposal.

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