BOC districts

Jackson County voters will have new county commission districts the next time they go to the polls.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a new voting map that includes a new fifth district during its meeting on Nov. 15.  The map will now go to the state for legislative approval.

Because of a massive amount of growth on the west side of the county, a new district was needed to balance out the voting ratios. 

The new districts are:

District 1: Central Jackson around Jefferson.

District 2: North Jackson that includes Maysville and Commerce.

District 3: West Jackson, a compact district including Braselton and Hoschton.

District 4: South Jackson including Nicholson over to Arcade.

District 5: New district that includes Pendergrass, Talmo and runs between Central Jackson and West Jackson districts.


In other business, the BOC approved:

• leasing the Braselton Christian Academy Gym for the county recreation department.

• a hearing for buying 23 acres for a new county park. The county earlier approved the purchase, but had to hold a hearing because of the way it's being paid for.

• contracting with Precision Planning for an addition to EMS Station 3.

• raising the fee schedule rates for the county solid waste transfer station.

• a contract with the NEGA Regional Commission for meals at the county senior center.

• a zero-tolerance drug policy for the county transit system.

• beginning proceedings to abandon parts of Mallory Road.

• an increase in county ambulance call rates.

• a county airport capital improvement plan.

• declaring a small lot owned by the county as surplus to be sold.


In zoning matters, the board:

• approved a map amendment for 6 acres at 10447 Hwy. 334, Nicholson, from Conservation to Rural to divide the property.

• approved a map amendment for .6 acres at 182 Julia Lane, Hoschton, for a convenience store and self-storage facility (to be joined with another parcel for the project.)

• approved a map amendment for 35 acres at 2160 Athens Hwy., Jefferson, from residential to agricultural to divide the property into large lots for a family estate.

• heard that a map amendment for an industrial park on 16 acres at 9615 Hwy. 53, Braselton, had been withdrawn.


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