The Braselton Planning Commission reviewed and approved several language amendments to the town’s development code this week, which included the area that deals with the types of businesses that would require a conditional use permit and which would be allowed under the existing code – with one exception – crematoriums. Crematoriums would still not be allowed.
“In terms of how certain uses in businesses operate, it’s always a learning experience to me to see how they function over time,” town planning director Kevin Keller said. “There’s lot of items in there that I think we’re previously considered risky and now would actually be a benefit to the town.”
Under the amended code, any business that could “be determined objectionable by reason of smoke, odor, noise or vibration will be classified as conditional use.
Keller called this clause a “catch-all,” saying he hopes the new amendments will “help promote businesses that will be an asset to the town (by) bring(ing) jobs and not be a nuisance, but also be careful and have (language) in here that would potentially regulate a business that could be a nuisance.”
As the board looked over the list of potential businesses that would be allowed under the amended code, commission member April Angeles took issue with the concept of a crematorium in town, saying she “was OK with the prohibited (status) on (it).”
Chairman Allan Slovin said because of its popularity, however, some mortuaries may want to offer cremation. “Basically if it is permitted, if we find that the noise is objectionable, its conditional use and has to be approved,” said Slovin.
Angeles reiterated that she was not OK with allowing a crematorium to be right next to your neighborhood.
“That’s just my personal thought on that,” she said. “Business is business and this is America, so I can see why you would want to remove it from the ‘prohibited’ (list).”
Keller said the whole idea might be premature.
“I can’t say its something that has never been considered or asked about here, but there’s no one knocking at the door,” he said.
The board also approved five other amendments to the development code 3-0 with commission member Ed Price absent in sections dealing with conditional use permits (Section 18.11.2), the relationship of zoning to the comprehensive plan (Section 18.11.0), architectural and landscaping standards (Section 10.1), storm water drainage plan (Section 15.2) and outdoor storage (Section 9.2.1).
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