VALDOSTA — The county will consider three zone changes for two new businesses and the addition of a new residence at its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 9.

According to county documents, the first zone change up for vote by the Lowndes County Commission is to split a parcel into two residential lots.

The property in question is located at 5761 Long Pond Road. The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission heard the request at its June meeting where the applicant was present along with two residents who spoke in opposition to the request.

Residents voiced concerns centered on the health of the lakes, the traffic impact and allowable uses for the subject property in suburban density residential zoning. After discussion, the planning commission recommended approval with the following condition by a 9-0 vote: Lots shall not be divided past the proposed two lots requested by the applicant.

Another zone change would establish a new boat/trailer repair business, according to county documents.

The property is on Madison Highway and would be a change from estate agricultural to crossroads commercial and residential agricultural.

At the planning commission meeting, commissioners voted to recommend approval of the change by a 9-0 vote. No one spoke in favor nor against the request at the public hearing.

The last zone change the county will consider is from low density residential to highway commercial zoning.

County documents said the request has two goals. The first goal is to develop a new metal panel and supplies company, utilizing the currently active Norfolk Southern railroad spur and, second, to develop additional speculative commercial businesses on the subject property, at 4151 Stewart Circle, fashioned similarly to those of the Val North Business Park, adjacent to the south.

County staff found the request to be inconsistent with the future development map of the comprehensive plan but found it consistent with the community goals of the comprehensive plan, documents state.

During the planning commission meeting, an applicant's agent answered questions and one resident rose to question the nature of the proposed business and the potential noise associated with it.

After discussion, the planning commission recommended approval of the request by a 9-0 vote, documents state.

During the County Commission meeting, commissioners will consider appointments to three county boards: Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful, Valdosta-Lowdnes Zoning Board of Appeals and Lowndes County library board.

For more information on any of the items on the county's agenda, visit the county website at or contact the county, (229) 671-2400.

Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256

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