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Microbrewery vote on hold, again

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County commissioners decided to table a measure on the rezoning of land that would pave the way for a microbrewery.

They had planned to vote Monday morning on the rezoning of 29 acres of land in western Dougherty County.

Morgan III Properties asked them to hold off.

 A representative from Morgan III Properties would not do an interview with us to explain why they asked the commission to table it.

 Owners of nearby plantations are fighting the proposal and are pleased with the delay. 

Developer Morgan III Properties proposed the land be rezoned from an agricultural district to a commercial district in order to build it. Morgan III Properties would not do an interview with us to explain why they asked the commission to table it.

Owners of nearby plantations are fighting the proposal and are pleased with the delay.

"That's no problem, tabling it is fine. it gives everybody time to look at it and to make sure they get the right decision in," said Ted Johns, a concerned Resident

The commission originally planned to vote two weeks earlier, but postponed it after surrounding plantation owners voiced concerns. They said a microbrewery would hurt their farming operations and create traffic.

But developers argued that it would have a positive economic impact on the community by providing new jobs and adding millions of dollars to the local economy.

The vote on whether the microbrewery plan can move forward is now set for September. 

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