Land requests meet approval

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Troy City Council approved two zoning ordinances Tuesday that will make way for new development on Franklin Drive and Lee Street.

After the council’s vote, approximately 40 acres off Franklin Drive between Krystal and the Troy Marketplace Shopping Center will be rezoned to a light industrial zoning area.

Property owner Walt Stell said in a previous article in The Messenger, there aren’t specific plans for the land’s use at this time, but its approval could mean an eventual alternate route to the Troy Sportsplex.

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Also met with approval at the council meeting was a request to rezone around 10 acres of undeveloped property off Lee Street to allow for the development of patio homes.

Both requests were recommended by the city’s Planning Commission in January and were met with no opposition at the council meeting.

A third land-related proposal that was appealed to the council to develop an electric-type business behind Barnhill’s on Lakeside Drive was removed from the council’s agenda.

That request, brought by property owner Chris Rose, was denied at the planning commission in January and was met with opposition at that time. Council President Johnny Witherington said Rose removed his appeal request before Tuesday’s meeting.

Also in Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved to pay CGI’s $850,000 in incentives in a 10-year increment with no interest. This will be done through the United States Department of Agriculture.

The incentives have been approved previously by the council.

The council gave the city authority to recoup some $1,450 spent in removing a dilapidated house at 110 Sun Street.

The money will be sought from the property owner.

The council was also addressed by local resident Margie Barrow, expressing concern over a neighbor’s dog coming onto her property.

“It’s concerning a dog that could kill somebody,” she said.

Council President Johnny Witherington told Barrow the court room would be the appropriate place to address these concerns.