Politics & Government

Byron City Council annexes, rezones nearly 10 acres

BYRON -- The City Council annexed and rezoned 9.79 acres east of Interstate 75 from residential to commercial during a meeting this week.

Councilman Michael Chidester, who is the council liaison with the city’s planning and zoning commission, said the vote was made following a public hearing where no one spoke against the change.

Chidester said nearby residents had posed no objections to rezoning the land between Peachtree Parkway and Etowah Drive during discussions at a previous planning and zoning meeting.

He said owners of the property, Campers Inn, said there will be a 30-to-100-foot buffer between neighbors and any development on the land.

Chidester said he thinks Campers Inn plans to expand a recreational vehicle sales lot on the property, which the change from R-1, single family residential, to C-3, commercial use, makes possible.

Campers Inn officials said in rezoning documents that they expect the expansion to bring additional business and jobs to the community, but they did not say how many new jobs.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council approved an ordinance allowing the appointment of a pro tem judge for the city’s Municipal Court.

The council also named Samaria Crawford and Jameson Suddeth winners in the city’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would ” essay contest.

City Clerk Telina Allred said both are sixth-grade students at Byron Middle School and received Books-A-Million $25 gift cards, Byron-branded USB drives and other prizes.

Their essays now go to state-level competition as part of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week celebration, which is April 19-25.

Allred said Byron will celebrate the week with the theme “Destination Downtown.”

There will be a City Hall open house April 24 from 3-5 p.m. to show off the municipal complex facility with a meet-and-greet with council members, a children’s art display and other displays, including police and fire equipment featuring the fire department’s new ladder truck.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.