Three public hearings set before Newnan Board of Zoning Appeals

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Three public hearings on special exemptions and variances will be held before the Newnan Board of Zoning Appeals. The board's June meeting will be June 1 at 10 a.m., in the city council chambers at Newnan City Hall.
The requests are for a Bible study on Temple Avenue, a store-front church on Jefferson Parkway, and a day-care center on Field Street. Avi Porat is seeking to hold a Bible study in the house at 103 Temple Avenue. The house is zoned commercial and has had many commercial uses over the years. Porat is seeking variances from lot size and parking requirements, and asking to use the existing parking, said Planner Dana Ethredge. Teresa James-Tidwell is seeking a special exception, and variances, for a day-care center at 52 Field Street. The day-care center, which is licensed by the state, was operating without city approval. A special exception is required for a day-care center, said Planner Dean Smith. James-Tidwell is also seeking two variances. City ordinances require operators of in-home day-care centers to own the property, but James-Tidwell is a renter, Smith said. Also, the center does not meet the requirement of having a fenced-in area which must be at least 100 square feet for each child at the center. Powerful Truth Word of Faith Ministries Inc. is seeking a special exception to operate out of an existing building at 6 Jefferson Parkway. Decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals are final. Appeals of any decisions go to superior court, not to the Newnan City Council.

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