|FRONT PAGE - JULY 28, 1999 - COMMERCE, GA|
Planning Commission Votes Down Maysville Development
By JANA ADAMS
JEFFERSON -- Six Maysville residents who live on or near Wheeler Cemetery Road appeared before the Jackson County Planning Commission Thursday night to voice opposition to a proposed mobile home community with 40 lots on 40 acres.
After hearing 35 minutes of the pros and cons of the development from Beth Stargel of Star Investment Properties, Gainesville, and the Maysville residents, the commission members voted to deny Stargel's request for rezoning for the mobile home community proposed for 6275 Maysville Road and Wheeler Cemetery Road.
Residents opposed to the park cited decreased property values, a rapid increase in population, out-of-county interference and the possibility of further mobile home development as their primary concerns about the proposed action.
"I'm not opposed to development that raises our property value, but I believe a mobile home park with 40 or more trailers on 40 acres would decrease our property value," said Kenneth Bray. "I have a petition from people on (Wheeler Cemetery Road), and they are all opposed to it. We are concerned about the road's population going up from 20 to 150 or 200."
Bray's sentiments were echoed by several other residents, including Joel Baker who said not only did he not want 40 mobile homes behind his home, he didn't want to open the door for more mobile homes to locate in the area.
"I am definitely opposed to it," he said. "We need to look at the whole area and what is best for it."
Stargel presented a slide of what the mobile home community could look like, emphasizing that there is a difference between such a development and a trailer park.
"Our target market is first home homebuyers and 'empty-nesters,'" she said. "That is a niche that is often overlooked. Mobile homes are 20 to 50 percent less expensive than stick-built homes, but they have to follow codes."
Stargel had suggested re-submitting the proposal with larger lot sizes, but said that a playground might have to be eliminated.
She suggested that the council and those opposed to the community look at some of the new mobile home communities being built to see that "there is a big difference in a trailer park and a mobile home community "There is not enough housing here, and we are trying to target a nice community that is affordable."
After hearing Stargel's initial request, audience opposition and Stargel's rebuttal, the commission unanimously voted to deny a recommendation for the community. Audience members applauded.
Stargel will take her proposal before the Jackson County Board of Commissioners when it meets Aug. 3 and 10 at 7 p.m. in the county administrative building. The commissioners take final action on rezoning requests in unincorporated areas of the county.
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