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October 23, 2013

City discusses group residence option



The city wants to accommodate fraternities and sororities, while also protecting historic district residents. Several Greek houses already exist in the described area.

Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, asked if the detailed area would burden the applicant requesting for a special use due to geographic parking restrictions for example.

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) would still have to OK parking alterations. 

“Not every lot is going to qualify for that, but we had to designate a certain area within that district to where they could apply for it,” Mayor Richard Bentley said. “

Councilwoman Denese Shinholster, District 3, said the individual home or property owner must determine if they could accommodate the group city group residence requirements.

On behalf of the Milledgeville Historic Preservation Commission, Col. (Ret.) John Alton said there might be a parking limitation but sees no other issues with the ordinance as presented.

Alton did question the Mayor and Alderman how code enforcement would verify the group residence “maximum number of persons to occupy” portion.

“It's dependent upon folks in some cases keeping our zoning department informed that there is a complaint if someone suspects there is more than five people living in a residence,” Jordan said. “Enforcement can be difficult when you are trying to determine how many permanent residences there are. The burden is on the city to present that proof.”

Jordan said recent coordination with the police department and code enforcement is finding other ways to prove violations.

Alton praised the Council's attempts to identify specific Greek residence areas as “a step in the right direction and a very good cooperative effort between the college and the community.”

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