A rezoning request for a piece of property on Dalton Pike to be changed from residential to commercial was denied because the land in question did not meet the size requirements for commercial property.
Planning Commission Chairman Tony Young said the requirements for commercial property require the land must be at least half an acre. The property being discussed was about a third of an acre.
Resident Clyde Brewer, whose property surrounds the land in question, voiced concerns on the effects a business on the plot may have on renting his mobile homes.
He said a business on the site could create crowding for the mobile home park.
The land in question is currently vacant. The intended use for the property was unknown.
A request to rezone land between Lower River Road and Old Lower River Road as rural residential was approved by the commission.
Land owners in the area Roy Scherer and Billy Goins asked questions and presented concerns about a request during the meeting.
One concern was the effect the development might have on the runoff of stormwater onto their properties. Young said a subdivision could be built on the land now, and the only thing that would change with the zoning was the type of subdivision. He said the subdivision would be required to have a detention pond to make sure this did not become a problem.
This request was approved by the planning commission and will be considered by the Bradley County Commission on the first Monday in May.
Bradley County planner Corey Divel said Hidden Springs LLC was requesting the rezoning, so that a cluster-style subdivision could be built on the site.
Young said the rezoning would allow the property to be divided into smaller lots than the current FAR zoning would.
Divel said the proposed style uses smaller lots, leaving about 20 percent undeveloped for a common recreational area.
A preliminary subdivision plat for Southgate Hills was approved by planning commissioners. A variance request was also granted for a property on Horton Road.