Rezoning request granted by city commissioners

A public hearing was held at last week's City Commission meeting on the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission regarding a request to rezone some land from a dwelling district (zone 'A') to a business district (zone 'D').The tract of land is 28.856 acres and is more commonly known as 304 SE Georgia. The request for the rezoning came from PAK Harris Enterprises.City Services Director Kirk Harris shared that at the P&Z meeting held on June 6, a unanimous vote was given for the zoning change, which also had to be presented to the commissioners. The only public input heard on the issue was from Kevin Phillips with the company, who explained that the area would be developed for a hotel or commercial development, with 16 acres designated for an apartment complex. The public hearing was then closed, and the commissioners gave approval toward the rezoning request.Also during the meeting, the commissioner accepted a plat dividing 2.958 acres into two different lots, which would create the hospitality subdivision of the city.The plat contains a dedication of a utility and emergency access easement, with no dedication of public utilities. The area is located at 210 SE Georgia, located east of K-Mart and next to Skeet's.It was noted that the land will be divided so that a four-story hotel, Candlewood Suites, can be established in the back half, and future development--possibly a restaurant that could be an expansion of the hotel--in the front half. The Planning and Zoning Commission already approved the acceptance of the plat at their June 3 meeting.Furthermore, another plat was accepted dividing 1.28 acres, located east of the B-Line truck lube near Hopkins Road, to create the Sweetwater Hopkins Partners Addition. The plat contains the dedication of a water line easement with a new water line.Approval was also given at the meeting toward a resolution authorizing the continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee--which includes around 160 cities--and the payment of five cents per capita, about $550, to the steering committee. The minutes from the regular meeting held on May 20 and the Budget Retreat on May 27 were approved as well.