The Milton City Council is reportedly split with four council members labeled by “pro-development” and three criticized as “anti-development”. With two of the “pro-development” faction absent, the so-called “anti-development” members held the majority and substantially scaled-down a popular rezoning project that would allow Realtor Larry Singleton to expand a proposed high-end decoration and furniture shop on Ga. 9 from 18,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet. Milton’s city planning staff had signed off on it, and the Planning Commission had blessed it as well.
But the proposal met trouble when it reached the City Council, which approved the plan 3-2, but imposed several conditions. The council rejected the increase in size, demanded more trees be planted to replace ones that would be cut down and banned a long list of potential uses for the property. Motions, votes, and conditions outlined on pages 3-6 of the meeting minutes found here.
The project’s supporters felt the changes weren’t fair, so they ended up voting against the proposal and now want a do-over. Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood leads the call for the do-over.
“We want to preserve Milton and keep it like it is, but this was in an existing commercial area,” Lockwood said. “With these tough economic times, with potential cutbacks on services and revenue down and not being able to raise taxes, I think it’s important that we do let development occur where development is allowed.”