Walker County Commission approves Ridgeland zoning question in close vote

Issues are traffic and the need for affordable housing

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – The Walker County Commission approved a controversial zoning question near Rossville on Thursday Night.

ZoningThe land involves undeveloped fields across Happy Valley Road from Ridgeland High School.

A developer wants to put family apartment complex on the land.

In August, neighbors against the plan demonstrated in LaFayette before a Commission meeting.

On Thursday, Commissioner Bran Hart (who voted against it) admitted, “Walker County needs the housing… that area needs the housing, desperately.”

Comm. Mark Askew (who voted for it) said “There is not anywhere in Walker County, period that has larger and greater need for affordable housing than that area.”

The vote was 2-2, the first time in the history of the new commission form of government that Commission Chair Shannon Whitfield had to break the tie.

He acknowledged the main problem that concerned both residents and elected officials.

“I know there are a lot of concerns about the traffic. We are currently working with a traffic firm that will present us with some solutions.”

Whitfield added the early indications from the firm is that the traffic issue is solvable.

So he voted in favor of rezoning the land from A1 to R2.

(Skip ahead to the 1:57:00 mark for the zoning discussion and vote)

 

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