Warner Robins council approves residential rezoning, recognizes student for saving baby

bpurser@macon.comDecember 16, 2013 

Warner Robins fire Chief Robert Singletary talks with 20-year-old Cody Miller, a nursing student at Georgia Military College, who was credited with saving a baby’s life Nov. 11 outside a Warner Robins convenience store.

BY BECKY PURSER — THE TELEGRAPH

WARNER ROBINS -- In spite of opposition, the City Council on Monday approved the rezoning of 13.3 acres for the development of $200,000 homes off Feagin Mill and Jerusalem Church roads.

Several property owners from the nearby Tiffany subdivision opposed during an earlier precouncil meeting a move to rezone the land from commercial to residential use.

Resident Patricia Ross told the council that homeowners “bought in” to the idea that the area would be a mix of residential and commercial. She expressed concern about a possible negative impact on property values.

But Warner Robins developer Kevin Bowen said he thinks the construction of 34 single-family homes will maintain and possibly increase the property values of nearby properties.

Outside the meeting, Bowen expressed frustration that residents are typically upset about residential property being rezoned for commercial use and not the other way around.

Tiffany resident Steve Johnson wanted the council to kick the measure back to the planning and zoning board. At the precouncil meeting he argued that if the development was such a good idea, efforts should have been made to get impacted residents onboard first.

Councilman Paul Shealy said the measure includes an amendment to address another concern of nearby residents who were opposed to duplexes or apartments. The rezoning allows for the development of single-family, detached homes only.

Also, the land owned by Bowen that is closest to the Tiffany subdivision remains commercial.

The portion to be developed into homes is adjacent to the Trotter’s Ridge subdivision.

But Tiffany resident Stephanie Damico said she thinks the rezoning leaves the door open down the road for more rezoning.

The council also approved the rezoning of more than 17 acres off Houston Lake and Sandy Run Creek roads from commercial to residential use to allow for a 330-unit apartment complex.

Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins assured concerned residents the complex would include buffers between apartments and nearby homes. She also noted an emergency access road would not be open for daily traffic but would only used in the event of an emergency.

In other business, Warner Robins Deputy Fire Chief Ross Moulton credited a 20-year-old nursing student at Georgia Military College for saving a baby’s life.

The student, Cody Miller of Warner Robins, stopped for gas at a convenience store Nov. 11 when he noticed a mother and father with an infant who were visibly distressed.

He could see the baby was turning blue and asked for permission to try to help the baby, Moulton said.

Miller delivered pediatricCPR, and the baby started breathing again, Moulton said.

“We believe Cody saved that baby’s life that night,” Moulton said.

Miller encouraged those in the audience to take a basic life saving course and credited his CPR instructor at GMC for his training.

Several of Miller’s family members snapped photos or made short videos with their cell phones as Miller was recognized at Monday’s council meeting.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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