Reading held for changes to Senoia's historic, commercial overlaysBy ALEX MCRAE
The first reading of an amendment to the Senoia code of ordinances changing the Historic Neighborhood Overlay boundaries and establishing new regulations and boundaries for the Georgia Hwy. 85 and Ga. Hwy. 16 commercial overlay was among items of business at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Senoia City Council.
Under the heading of “Geography,” the current ordinance reads:
The article is to be repealed. In its place the new Geography section reads:
“The general boundary of the Highway 85 and Highway 16 commercial overlay shall be defined by those properties having frontage on Highway 85, between Seavy Street and the southern city limits, and/or on Highway 16, between Dead Oak Creek and the eastern city limits, to a depth of 1,000 feet. In no case shall these standards apply to that portion of Highway 85 properties also having frontage on an existing City of Senoia street that comprises a depth of 300 feet on the lesser street frontage. The actual overlay zoning boundary shall be as approved by the mayor and city council and as subsequently designated on the official zoning map.”
Prohibited uses within the Highway 85 and Highway 16 commercial overlay will now include:
(a) Automobile and truck sales;
(b) Automobile body repair shop;
(c) Billiard hall;
(d) Boat storage;
(e) Boat sales, service and repair;
(f) Builder supplies and storage;
(g) Bus station;
(h) Contractor equipment—Materials storage;
(i) Equipment rental—Industrial;
(j) Flea market;
(k) Group personal care home;
(l) Junk yard or salvage yard;
(m) Machine shop, fabrication, welding sales, etc.;
(n) Manufacturing facility;
(p) Recycling center or collection station;
(q) Heavy equipment repair;
(r) Rooming or boarding house;
(s) Truck terminal;
(t) Wrecker services;
(u) Pawn shops, including title pawn;
(v) Check cashing outlets.
Other changes to city ordinances were also given a first reading. They include:
—Article 5: Section 74-188 subsection A part 1 which now reads:
Building facades shall consist of architectural treatments of brick, stone, concrete stucco, cementitious siding or natural wood in combination with glass and metal as support and trim components, only. Metal sided or portable buildings, vinyl siding and aluminum siding shall be prohibited. Synthetic stucco shall also be prohibited as a primary exterior finish material, provided that accent features not exceeding 10 percent of the building facade may consist of synthetic stucco.
Is hereby repealed.
— Article 6: Section 74-188 subsection A part 1 shall read:
Building facades shall consist of architectural treatments of brick, stone, concrete stucco in combination with glass and metal as support and trim components, only. Metal sided or portable buildings, vinyl siding and aluminum siding shall be prohibited. Synthetic stucco cementitious siding or natural wood shall also be prohibited as a primary exterior finish material, provided that accent features not exceeding ten percent of the building facade may consist of synthetic stucco, cementitious materials or natural wood.
Article 7. The parcels listed in “Exhibit A” are removed from the Historic Neighborhood Overlay and are no longer required to comply with the requirements of the district.
Article 8. The Zoning Administrator is hereby directed to cause the Official Zoning Map to be amended to properly reflect the parcels listed in “Exhibit A” as rezoned to R40.
Article 9. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby replaced.
The changes will be in effect following the second reading on Oct. 1.
In other business:
• The council voted to hold planning workshops on the city charter and sewer rates on Oct. 3 beginning at 1 p.m.
• Herbert Mallon was appointed to the Planning Commission.
• The council approved the purchase of a 23-foot tall artificial Christmas tree to be displayed downtown during the holiday season.