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October 23, 2013

City discusses group residence option

MILLEDGEVILLE — An ordinance amending the city's Land Development Code allowing group residence as a special use in certain blocks of the single-family residential (SFR1) Historic District returned to the Milledgeville City Council's table during Tuesday's work session.

Previously, the ordinance amendment allowing group resident requests within a proposed four complete and three partial historic district blocks went back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for more work.

Zoning Administrator Mervin Graham and City Attorney Jimmy Jordan explained the minor changes that made the designated group special request area easier to indentify.

“Really all we did was address the language, so it would be clear,” Jordan said. “There seems to be confusion among residents, and I think even Council has questions.”

The new ordinance section details that group residence special use permits within the Historic District SFR1 overlay would be designated in described blocks and partial blocks.

The four complete and contiguous blocks bounded by North Jackson, West Hancock, West Montgomery and North Clark Streets would pass the Greek House test per say if the owner passed all the additional zoning requirements and building inspections.

In addition to the four complete blocks, specific parcels fronting and contiguous to the northern right-of-way of West Montgomery between North Columbia and North Liberty Streets and those parcels fronting and contiguous to the southern right-of-way of West Hancock between South Jackson and South Columbia Streets would be kosher for group residence special use requests under this ordinance amendment.

This document must return to Planning and Zoning for their input and then back to Council for a final vote.

The present ordinance says the applicant can apply for a group residence anywhere inside the SFR1 historic district.

The ordinance amendment requires no historic district rezoning.

“If all that is approved, this will be the designated area for special use group residence in the SFR1 area,” Jordan said. “This would now be a part of the Historic District overlay map, so someone could look and see what areas we will allow for a special use to be considered. We've lessened the area.”

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