WARNER ROBINS -- Another large apartment complex is planned for Warner Robins.
The Warner Robins Planning and Zoning Commission gave a thumbs up to an annexation and rezoning request to accommodate the Chatham Parke apartment complex, which would be built near Ga. 96 and Houston Lake Road.
The complex would have some 200 apartment units in 21 buildings, with an entrance off Cohen Walker Drive, according to plans. The 23-acre site would abut the back of a CVS pharmacy and an Advance Auto Parts store. Nearby properties mostly are commercial or educational, from a Kroger plaza to a Central Georgia Technical College campus.
The commission’s recommendation to annex and rezone the property, which is now in a Houston County residential-agricultural zoning, goes to the Warner Robins city Council. The same developer recently completed an apartment complex on Crestview Church Road.
Separately, the commission approved a special exception to allow office uses in a house zoned for residential use at 409 Cherokee Drive. Property owner Al Dehnad, who owns several nearby houses as well as an office building, originally sought a commercial zoning. City Council members had suggested the special exception to protect the neighbors, who had protested at two City Council meetings. None protested the special exception Tuesday.
The commission also approved home occupation licenses and a preliminary plan for a new portion of the Beaver Glen subdivision on Leisure Lake, where another 12 lots would be designated on 8.19 acres.
The commission spent more time struggling with a preliminary plat for Belfaire Estates, planned for a site across from Hilltop Elementary School at Robert Bryson Smith Parkway and Moody Road.
A representative of the developer, Chad Bryant of Ocmulgee Inc., said the 50-acre site originally was planned to host 100 lots. Instead, the proposal is for 17 much larger lots in a higher-end, low-impact development. It’s the city’s first proposed low-impact development, and it raised questions about stormwater drainage and other issues yet to be settled. Commissioners ultimately approved the plat.
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