ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders voted to deny the rezoning of the 2400 block of Whispering Pines Circle to allow the building of a Captain D's restaurant.
After hearing dozens of neighbors voice their concerns about the noise, traffic, and even the smell of the restaurant, commissioners decided not to move forward with rezoning the vacant residential lot.
One resident even presented that out of 128 homeowners in the area, more than 90 signed a petition against it.
The Planning and Zoning Department conducted a traffic study that showed it was congested around lunch time.
Staff recommended to have a masonry-type wall to address many of those concerns, but it wasn't enough to sway the commissioners.
One resident was shocked to hear that Commissioner Bob Langstaff, who represents that district, was the only one to oppose it.
"I'm elated. I'm disappointed in my commissioner, but definitely elated that the rest of them saw fit to stand up behind us and stand up for the people and that's why we elected them," said Bill Dunwoody.
Residents who live behind Whispering Pines Circle say they don't mind having a doctor office or something that's going to be a daytime only business
but not a late-night restaurant.
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