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Council to hear land requests

The Troy City council held its first reading on three zoning ordinances expected to come before the local board in two weeks.

In its next meeting, the council will hold a public hearing before making the final decision on zoning requests that have come before the Planning Commission previously in the areas of Franklin Drive, East Street and Lakeside Drive.

The Lakeside Drive request was denied by the Planning Commission Jan. 28, and property owner Chris Rose has appealed the decision to the council.

His proposal to rezone a property behind the Sherwin Williams Paint Store and what used to be Barnhills from an R-2 medium density residential neighborhood to a C-4 highway commercial zoning was met with high opposition by area landowners.

Some opposition came at the concern of access issues.

Troy City Councilman Jason Reeves said Tuesday he would be concerned the access would not come from U.S. Highway 231 but would be where local residences are on Lakeside Drive. This would be an issue, he said, for Rose building an electrical facility in that area.

Issues of safety the type of business could present and aesthetics of the neighborhood were other of residents’ concerns in the planning meeting.

The other two zoning requests come to the council with recommendations for approval from the Planning Commission.

One comes from Walt Stell to rezone 40 acres of land near Lowes off Franklin Drive. If approved, it would change the area from a C-2 general commercial to an M-1 light industrial zoning district.

The request would be to develop the undeveloped property as mix uses that could be used for commercial offices, service-oriented businesses or multi-family residential areas, the Planning Commission agenda reads.

The final request comes to the council from Robert Floyd, to rezone eight parcels of land on East Street, Lee Street, south of Lee Street and to the west of Goerge Wallace Drive from R-1 to R-R reserved residential.

If permitted, Floyd plans to build patio homes.

The public hearing on these property requests will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday March 23 in the council chambers.

In other business, the council members decided its city landfill will close officially April 1 to the public.

The closing of the landfill is something council members knew was coming for sometime as it is nearing capacity. The city officials discussed its closing to the public will now be April 1.

This means people will not be able to bring disposables to the landfill at anytime, but Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said the city will still continue its normal pickup routes.

The council also made a $21,000 land purchase of a vacant property on south George Wallace Drive to assist in its major sewer project.

Lunsford said the property had an absent owner, so rather than condemning it, the city purchased the land.

The council approved also a retail beer and wine license to Walgreens.