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County denies zoning change
Commissioners halt plans for meadery after hearing protests
Backyard Van Ottering
This picture from Five Hives & Vines' planning and zoning slide presentation is of one of Eric Van Otteren's beehive sites, actually in the Conyers area. It is meant to suggest the honeyed hospitality of the proposed Bulloch County meadery. The county denied a zoning variance for the meadery Tuesday. - photo by Special
After hearing arguments in support of and against a proposed agritourism farm featuring berries, bee hives and production of mead made from honey, Bulloch County Commissioners unanimously denied a man’s request Tuesday for a zoning change to allow the business to operate. Three couples – Eric and Debbie Van Otteren, their son and daughter-in-law Zach and Brooke Van Otteren and friends Wes and Ashley Vanmeter, acting together as limited-liability company Woonerf LLC, sought approval to build Five Hives & Vines on a 26.78 acre parcel that was once part of the former Smithfield Golf Course on Hwy. 46 and Kennedy Pond. However, several people affiliated with two adjacent charities – Fostering Bulloch and Seven Mile Farm, also situated on land that was once part of the golf course – opposed the idea.
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