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Posted: December 15, 2009 11:26 p.m.

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No decision reached on re-zoning for proposed Social Circle drag strip

Proposal sent back to Planning and Zoning Commission for further review

After listening for more than an hour to arguments for and against the proposed zoning change that would allow for a drag strip to be constructed outside of Social Circle, the City Council voted unanimously to send the proposal back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further review.

The Commission will continue to work with the petitioners for the zoning change to further establish any conditions or rules that would be in effect for the controversial site, as well as to figure out exactly what methods would be used to control and enforce any final noise ordinances. The vote will come back to the City Council after the Commission comes to a consensus on what those rules may be.

Several hundred concerned citizens came to the City Council meeting on Dec. 15 to voice their opinions on the proposed re-zoning. The meeting room in the Old City Hall was full to the brim, and many concerned residents listened from the parking lot outside. Social Circle Mayor James Burgess stated that he had not expected the turnout to be as high as it was, and stated future hearings would be held in a larger venue.


The next Planning and Zoning Meeting and the next City Council meeting will be held in January, where further community hearings will be held in accordance with Social Circle and Georgia law. Both meetings will be open to the public and open for discussion. 


Burgess stated that he believed the meeting had been very productive, as it allowed residents to voice their concerns to the council and Donnie Clack, the petitioner who wants to build on the land. He stated this would allow the Zoning Commission and Clack to better take the community into consideration as they worked out stipulations and rules for the site.

Clack also stated the meeting had been productive, and stated hearing the points of view of his opponents would allow him to better suit the area to the residents' wishes. 

“We want to work with the community,” Clack said. “If this project would become something that would cause problems in the city, I wouldn't want to be part of it.”

For more on this story, see Friday's edition of The Covington News.

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