A requested exemption for a development of small houses was not put to a vote at the Calhoun city council meeting on Monday evening.
The deviation of 610 feet less than the minimum floor area of 1,150 requested by Tiny House Hand Up Inc. for development off Beamer and Harris Beamer Roads died without motion following a public hearing.
“Nationally, two in three people who own a mini-home are either seniors or new owners. Haley Stephens, CEO of Tiny House Hand Up. “They will allow the free enterprise system to help where government has not been able to, and they will inject pride of ownership into every unit.”
Stephens said while tiny houses aren’t for everyone, they will play a role in solving the local affordable housing problem.
Several citizens spoke out against the variance Monday night, including Butch Layson, who said his family was developing a nearby housing estate.
“I’m all for affordable housing,” Layson said. “I think that’s the wrong way to go about it. It looks like it’s out of the realm of variance and that’s not the way to do it.”
Ladella Childres, who lives on nearby Wayne Street, said she was concerned about housing values in the area that could be caused by a small house development, while Beamer Road resident Austin Hawkins handed over in question the future stability of any association of owners which could be created by Tiny. House in hand.
Harris Beamer Road resident Robert Taylor had questions about age, vehicles and occupancy limits any future development agreement might put in place, while Beamer Circle resident Kendra Gubaci expressed his concerns about the city’s ability to track garbage and other municipal services in the area.
City Councilor Jackie Palazzolo responded to criticism she said she had recently faced because of her stance on the particular development in question.
“I do my own research on every topic I vote on,” Palazzolo said. “I listen, I research, I vote independently.”
As a result of the public hearing, no motion to vote on the waiver request was made by anyone on council, so the matter is dead.
Two other public hearings on the agenda ended with unanimous votes, including a request to zoning from R-2 to the planned 39-acre residential development at the end of Millers Lane by Venture Communities LLC, and a beer and wine package license for Samrat Business Convenience Store LLC / ABC at 703 Oothcalooga St.
A motion to allow Mayor Jimmy Palmer to sign the purchase contract for the city’s purchase of a property at 325 S. Wall St., a parcel adjacent to the city’s fire department.
“This is an opportunity for the city to plan for the future of the Calhoun fire department,” said city administrator Paul Worley. “It’s about 0.67 acres with a building already there. We think this is a good acquisition for the town of Calhoun for immediate relief to provide additional office space for the department.”
Council members also unanimously approved the award of an offer to Momon Construction for a building for the preservation of the city’s archives for $ 427,281. Momon, a local company, was the second lowest bidder for the job, but ultimately beat Riley Construction due to various factors related to the history of the completed project, timing issues and other concerns following the reference checks.
An approval of the traditional downtown route by Gordon County Schools for the return to high school parade from Gordon Central High School was also approved on Thursday, October 28, along with a request from Calhoun First Baptist Church to close a section of Fain Street from College Street to Pitts. Street on Monday, October 22, so preschoolers can participate in a trunk or treat event.
A resolution was also approved to modify the intergovernmental participation contract “among all members regarding participation in Electric Cities of Georgia Inc.”
The next council meeting is set for Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.