The rezoning hearing for a proposed major industrial development in South Jackson has been moved to the October 23 agenda of the Jackson County Planning Commission. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Administrative Building in Jefferson.
The request for the proposed Jackson Park development was originally on the Sept. 25 planning agenda, but it was moved due to one of the proposed zoning classifications being left out of the ad announcing the meeting. The hearing will be readvertised.
Forestar Real Estate Group is asking for a zoning change that would lead to the development of a 701-acre industrial park along Hwy. 129, starting 1.3 miles north of the Athens-Clarke County line at Mary Collier Road. The property is a large tract of forest land across from South Jackson Elementary School.
Traffic volume, strains on infrastructure and threats to the air and water quality are among the concerns some South Jackson residents have about a proposed 701-acre industrial development. The Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center has also said the project would “not be in the best interest” of the region and state.
For more background and comments on the proposed rezoning, see the Sept. 17 issue of The Jackson Herald.