Deny zoning modifications allowing a junkyard across from the entrance to The Georgian

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The purpose of this petition is to ask the Paulding County Planning Commission and the Paulding County Board of Commissioners to deny an application to modify the current zoning regulation that would result in allowing the establishment of an automotive junkyard and salvage operation near the entrance to The Georgian and other residential communities.

The rezoning request for the property at 8905 Villa Rica Highway, A.K.A. Tom's Auto Repair, will be heard on November 28, 2017. The Paulding Planning Commission will meet at 2:00 PM and make a recommendation to the Paulding Board of Commissioners for action to approve or deny the application at 7:00 PM.

If approved by the Commissioners Stipulation 5, which currently prohibits the owner from storing junk, salvage, and non-titled vehicles and vehicle parts on site would be removed.

Allowing junk, salvage or inoperable vehicles on the property will negatively impact established and future residential developments, as well as, the finances, health and quality of life of hundreds of families in this area now and in the future.

Key points:

  • The location is within one mile of entrances to several subdivisions with over 400 homes, within a few hundred feet of the intersection of the Georgian Parkway and Hwy 61.
  • Residents of the affected subdivisions have valid concerns about a negative impact on existing home values, potentially leading to a loss of county revenue.
  • Over 300 new homes are planned in three subdivisions along the Georgian Parkway, with approximately 75 already under construction.  An industrial operation so near these homes will discourage prospective buyers.
  • There are environmental concerns about the negative impact to the Upper Sweetwater Basin. Hazardous waste in the form of carcinogenic and toxic fluids leaking from the junk vehicles will seep into the soil and pose a threat to Sweetwater Creek, located approximately one mile south and downhill from the location.
  • There will be increased commercial truck traffic posing additional safety risks to residents on an already heavily traveled state highway that does not have required entry and exit lanes at the proposed location.
  • Approval would be a first for the county, setting a dangerous precedent, opening the way for additional business operations with junk vehicles and other industrial facilities. 

Stipulation 5, and 16 other stipulations were in the approval granted unanimously by the Board of Commissioners on 2/26/13. That decision was correct then and should not be modified now.



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