The Perry City Council on Tuesday kicked a controversial annexation and rezoning request back to the Planning Commission.
With a large crowd of opponents in attendance, as well as the developer, the council voted to remand the item back for further consideration. Councilman Robert Jones, who made the motion, said he believed it needed further consideration due to changes that had been made since the commission first considered it.
Jeff Liszewski, the developer, originally asked for 105 acres at the corner of Danny Carpenter Drive and Sandefur Road to be annexed into the city and rezoned from a single family residential district, to a two-family residential district. That change would allowed for smaller lot sizes and possibly duplexes. He asked for an additional 2 acres to be rezoned commercial for a day care center.
By the time the council held the first reading at the May 2 meeting, Liszewski had agreed to drop the commercial rezoning request, and he agreed not to build any duplexes. That did not ease the concerns to those who live near the property, and many spoke against it at the May 2 meeting.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Liszewski urged the council to approve the request while a couple of opponents renewed their opposition. Liszewski argued that opponents were incorrect in saying that the project would reduce nearby property values, citing other similar projects that he said resulted in increased values.
Even if city council had approved the request, there would still be a major issue because the Houston County Commission had voted to not concur. That means the city would have had to enter into a mediation with the county before going through with the annexation and rezoning in order to settle those concerns.
The process will now start all over, said Mayor Jimmy Faircloth after the meeting. It will go back before the Planning Commission for a hearing, and the County Commission, and then the city will have a public hearing again before voting on it.