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Commission wants restrictions on church land

January 18, 2006

Dougherty County -- County planners recommend restrictions on a churches rezoning request to build a larger recreational complex.

Sherwood Baptist Church has requested a 40 acre tract of land on Leary Road be rezoned from agricultural to Commercial Recreation. The Church wants to use the property for recreational activities and ministries.

No one opposed the zoning change at today's public hearing, but the County planning commission recommended limitations to make sure there would never be a race track or shooting range on the property.

"If the property were ever to change hands, whoever bought the property, if the condition was not on the property, they could do those things," said County Planner Mary Teter.

The Planning commission recommended Sherwood have to grow a plant buffer around the property to shield nearby houses, and to forbid future commercial uses.

The Commission will vote on the rezoning next month.

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