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After hearing from residents of the Bradford Place subdivision, the Statesboro City Council agreed to require more stringent regulations for a proposed residential subdivision expected to be built next to Bradford Place.
    Residents of the subdivision were concerned the property, which was also annexed into the city at Tuesday's meeting, would lower their property values and create additional traffic on Cawana Road.    
    The city zoned the property R-15, meaning they are for single-family homes and the lots must be at least 15,000 square feet. In addition, however, the council included a provision that homes on the property must be at least 1,750 square feet of heated space, have a two car garage and have a brick finish.
    Jerry Jennings of Jennings Construction, who was there for another matter, estimated the cost of homes in the new subdivision would cost approximately $200,000 or more, comparable to the homes in Bradford Place.
    Residents of Bradford Place, which is outside the city limits of Statesboro, also expressed concerns about possible congestion in the area with the addition of another subdivision in the area.
    The proposed subdivision is expected to be built using the city's subdivision incentive program in which the city reimburses a portion of the infrastructure cost to the developer. The program is only available if the subdivision being built is zoned R-15 or higher.
    Other action at the city's meeting included:
    - approving the annexation of 1.73 acres that comprised the entrance road to Whispering Pines Subdivision with a zoning of R-10;
    - approved a request to reduce the number of required parking spaces for the Statesboro Mall from 1,766 to 1,479;
    - denied a request to reduce the number of parking spaces from 296 to 129 for the construction of a restaurant within University Plaza;
    - approved a request to reduce the required number of parking spaces from 62 to 52 for property located at 839 Buckhead Drive;
    - appointed Ray Fry, as a citizen-at-large, and Applebee's Manager Nate Williams, as an alcohol license holder, to the city's Alcohol Control Board;
    - canceled, subject to any urgent business, the city's regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, December 19.
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