The two other items are approval of a new lease with the state on a building at 3069 Overlook Drive, and a request to rezone property on Urbane Road from Farm-Agriculture-Residential (FAR) to Multi-family Residential (R2).
The Bradley County Regional Planning Commission recommended approval of the zoning change for property at 647 Urbane Road at its July 3 meeting. Danny Lee, whose home is nearby, asked the planning commissioners to deny the request because Urbane Road is too small to handle more traffic.
The preliminary plat shows 60 townhomes, according to Bradley County Planner Corey Divel.
When Commission Chair Louie Alford asked if any of the commissioners would place the zoning question on the agenda, they all sat quietly until 2nd District Commissioner Connie Wilson reluctantly agreed, “but only because it is in the second district.”
Wilson said Urbane Road is narrow and has no shoulders. She noted truck traffic to and from the warehouses near Tasso Community, Voice of Evangelism’s Omega Ranch, residential traffic, and possibly more traffic after the new airport is open.
“I’m very familiar with Urbane Road and I’m not sure how much more traffic it can stand,” she said.
Commissioner J. Adam Lowe presented a budget amendment to use $2,021 originally designated as a 1.6 percent pay raise for commissioners and apply it instead toward repairing the sound system in the meeting room. Commissioners dedicated $5,000 to repair the system in 2010, but that money was diverted to pay for a court-mandated mental evaluation for a county inmate.
The final item placed on the agenda is approval of a five-year lease with the state on a building owned by the county. The building, located at 3069 Overbrook Drive, has been home to a state-operated vocational rehabilitation center since the building was constructed 10 years ago. The new lease is essentially an extension of the previous 10-year agreement that paid the county $85,017 a year.