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Rockdale OKs rezoning for new Dollar General

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for a Dollar General to be constructed on Ga. Highway 138 South near Ebenezer Road.

The property is located at 1457 Ga. Highway 138 S., adjacent to Conyers Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Marshall Walker, director of Planning and Development with Rockdale County, said the property is proposed to be a Dollar General.

Discovery Development Inc. based in Duluth applied for an amendment to the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan to change the 1.75 acres from office-professional to commercial usage.

The county's Planning Department recommended instead the Land Use Plan be amended to neighborhood commercial.

Walker explained that neighborhood commercial is a land use that allows for retail that primarily serves the surrounding neighborhoods versus the more general commercial usage that would also allow for larger retail establishments designed to reach a more regional customer base.

In addition to the land use amendment, Discovery Development also asked to rezone the property from office-professional to C-1 zoning.

The Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 during its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the land use amendment as recommended by planning staff and the rezoning request.

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he supported the development to the area, which would provide much-needed jobs.

On the other hand, Commissioner JaNice Van Ness voted against the measures. She expressed concern that retail development along this stretch of Ga. 138 would only worsen traffic congestion.

"It is poor judgment, in my opinion, to continue to approve commercial uses for areas that cannot accommodate increased traffic flow," Van Ness said.

Van Ness said that visibility along that area is poor and traffic is already an issue due to the road width changing from two lanes to four lanes and back to two lanes in a relatively short distance.

Walker said it was his understanding that a deceleration lane would be required for entry into the retail establishment, but the Georgia Department of Transportation would be responsible for implementing any such traffic controls since the property is located on a state highway.

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heresyafacts 2 years, 2 months ago

Another poorly thought out decision by the BOC.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

I just wonder if either Oden or Nesbitt have been on that stretch of road? If they had they would know this is not a real good idea.

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szbrown 2 years, 2 months ago

Really Nesbitt? You think all that extra traffic congestion and increased risk for accidents is worth the few jobs it's gonna create? What an idiotic statement. How many people are they gonna hire, six? eight? On top of that, the increased risk of crime. I can't wait till November!

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AJK 2 years, 2 months ago

This rezoning went through the public hearing process.

How many of you that think this is a bad idea was at the Public Hearing on Zoning when this rezoning was on the agenda?

I've been to plenty of Public Hearings on Zoning. They're usually held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 PM. And I'll bet a paycheck no one was there to speak in opposition of this rezoning.

Planning, Zoning, and Adjustment hearings / meetings are some of the most important meetings there are. These hearings / meetings will shape our community for years to come, yet no one cares to attend them.

Complaining about this rezoning is like crying over spilled milk!

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trusslady 2 years, 2 months ago

4:00pm! Well guess where I am at 4:00pm - my job. I think these meetings are deliberately held at times when most of the public cannot come, so that the local governments can continue to screw over the "working" populous.

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JAM_Mom 2 years, 2 months ago

Couldn't have said it better, trusslady! I would attend if they were later in the evening.

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AJK 2 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps you're right. But, could it have something to do with the county employees who have to attend these meetings wanting to go home at a decent time rather than working until 8PM? They have families they'd like to have dinner with, and little league games and dance recitals to go to just like you do.

I will agree that more people would attend government meetings and hearings if the meetings / hearings were held in the evening hours. The proof is in the evening work sessions the BOC has every month. Those meetings are some of the highest attended meetings there are. And with 4 people running for BOC Chairman, and another 4 running for BOC Post One, I trust you'll contact each of them expressing desire for evening meetings and hearings. And I hope you’ll make it a campaign issue.

Growing up in another county in the 80's, my parents drug me to more than one government meeting. Seems the County Commission had day time meetings for the day to day operations and evening meetings for legislative, zoning, and other issues that were more likely to be of interest to the constituents. It takes balance to meet the desires of the electorate and the desires of the employees. Good leadership will provide balance.

But until a change is made, what can you do? Well for starters, if you're not already on the County Clerk's e-mail list you should be. Being on this e-mail list is the absolute best way to know what is going on in our county government. You should also be on a first name bases with our Commissioners....after all they are our neighbors and they do work for us.

As for this particular rezoning issue, it's water under the bridge. The time to express concern was during the public hearing process....a process that takes several weeks to complete. And considering the number of people who live in and pass through the area in question, you can't tell me that everyone was at work at 4 PM on the day the hearing was held.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

If they thought it would be such a hardship to attend evening meetings thosecounty employees shouldnt be department heads and administrators. That comes with the territory.

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gerald 2 years, 2 months ago

Hard for working people to attend 4 pm meetings.

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AJK 2 years, 2 months ago

From the article: "The property is located at 1457 Ga. Highway 138 S., adjacent to Conyers Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Did the Church oppose this rezoning? If they did, surely they could've found someone in the congregation to go to the hearing to stand in opposition.

The point I'm making; if we stand idly by, and make excuses for our inaction, we deserve what we get.

For the record; I don't make it to all the government meetings or hearings either. And my paycheck does not come from the city, county, state, or federal governments nor does it come from a retirement / pension account.

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EarlyBird 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's another nail in the political coffin of Oden and Oz.

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INJUSTICE_FOR_ALL 2 years, 2 months ago

AJK your paycheck? is it a state check? JOBS; maybe 4-6 jobs, need for change PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!!!

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Elmo 2 years, 2 months ago

Elected officials don't work for the "county employees"...they work for the TAXPAYERS.

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AJK 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree 100%.

However, if the elected official doesn't balance the desires of the electorate and the desires of the county employees, the good employees will seek employment somewhere else and we'll be left with the bottom of the barrel for employees. Do you really want that?

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szbrown 2 years, 2 months ago

AJK, have you ever once seen Oden or Nesbitt vote differently than the way they intended to in the first place just because citizens stood up in opposition? I don't think so. I've seen it time and time again, in one ear and out the other. It's a waste of breath trying to convince them that something is bad for our community. They don't care about us. They care about the lining of their pockets. Janice Van Ness cares about our community. Isn't it ironic that she always votes in opposition to both of them? Everyone please VOTE this year!!

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AJK 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't like being in a position of defending Oden or Nesbitt, but yes I have seen both change their vote. Remember the vote on firearms in parks? Or the funding of non-profits with taxpayer money? What about the COPS grant? Should I continue?

The rest of your comment brings me to two of my favorite sayings. 1) We are where we are in our life because of the choices we've made. The same could be applied to this county. As voters, we chose the people who run this county. We got exactly what we chose. 2) Use wisely your power of choice. For those thinking about a crossover vote in July, be very careful. Come November, you just might get what you chose in July.

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ClaytonBigsby 2 years, 2 months ago

Unless there are some left turn prohibitions as part of the GDOT driveway permit for this store, there's going to be blood spilled. Count on it.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

the left turn prohibitons dont work. Go ans sit at any shopping center or store entrance and watch people making left turns when the entrnace/exit is designed for no left turns

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northsouthgal 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder whose mom/dad/sister/brother/son/daughter/cousin/aunt/uncle/niece/nephew will be the first to die on this road after this cheap-o store is built. Will it be yours? Mine? Nesbitt or Oden's? Probably not theirs because surely all of their relations live in more wealthy areas. Why do we even need another dollar store? And why would anyone allow this to be built in such a horrible area? Prohibitions and deceleration lanes are worthless. People fly down that hill any which speed they choose. If they want to make a left turn out of the new cheap-o store, by-golly, they will. And they'll probably get hit in the process. Then again, the traffic is so heavy in the area that some kind stranger will probably let them out. And THEN this store will just be an open invitation for criminals in the area. Dollar General go away! Bring us a 5 Guys burger joint instead! Much fresher and better than the other chain's in town!

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Nesbitt and Oden wouldnt be caught dead shopping in a low budget store such as this

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heresyafacts 2 years, 2 months ago

Considering both live on the north side of Rockdale (Oden, Lake Capri area; Nesbitt, near the Horsepark), I doubt either have ever or will ever travel this area. The other remarks on left turn prohibitions are spot on, and Nesbitt's argument that it will bring more jobs (minimum wage and part time, at best) and that GDOT will solve all of the traffic problems (insert laugh track here) shows me just how out of touch both he and Oden are in terms of quality growth of this county. The demand on emergency response because of accidents and the additional traffic tie-ups and congestion on an already overtaxed road will not be worth whatever the county gets in taxes or 'jobs'.

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JayPee 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought Reps were in favor of businesses.

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negneal 2 years, 2 months ago

Who wants more "We buy gold stores" let's add that garbage around that intersection too. Amiright AmIright?

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

and we can always use another nail salon or two

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johndoemo_ 2 years ago

And check cashing places

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