The Union Recorder


June 11, 2014

BLACK: Rezoning decision not in the best interest of the entire community

MILLEDGEVILLE — I am writing to express my confusion and concern over some recent actions by City Council. Recently, a request was made to rezone property located on Underwood Road that would allow a development group to build a student housing community on acreage located just off the Greenway.

City Council denied the rezoning request, acting in opposition to Planning and Zoning’s recommendation to approve.

So, in essence they turned away a $24 million development project that would have provided many benefits to our local economic development efforts. Among the benefits afforded by this project would have been increased tax revenue by an estimated $170,000, plus provided additional water and sewage fees. The Greenway would have also benefited by approval of the project by receiving a donation of 20 acres of land, which would have allowed them to receive additional grant funds and gain resources that would have allowed them to complete trails and build a bridge extending the Greenway.

This development would have additionally provided a community development that would give fraternities and sororities an alternative to being located downtown.

Last, but certainly not least, this would have been a move toward developing the corridor from downtown to the Central State complex providing desired economic development for this area. It is my understanding each of these benefits are initiatives of our community leaders and planners in attempt to reinvent a Milledgeville that was traumatically affected by the huge economic downturn of 2008.

I understand that residents in the Underwood subdivision were in opposition to the project. However, the developer went through extreme lengths to ensure minimum impact on their subdivision. Taking all things into consideration concerning this particular decision by council, I believe it was not in the best interest of the community as a whole.

I would ask that they take this into consideration as they make future decisions that impact the economic viability of our community.


William Black

Putnam County

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