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Landowner files new rezone request
GA I-16 Bulloch County LLC proposes industrial park again
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A man who wants to build an industrial park in southern Bulloch County has resubmitted a rezone application, just days after he withdrew his previous request.

Dan Bradley Jr., owner of GA I-16 Bulloch County LLC, hired a new firm - Statesboro law firm Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes, Marsh & Hodgin LLC - to represent him, according to a release issued by spokesperson Karen Robertson with Savannah public relations firm Robertson & Markowitz.

The first rezone request was heard July 14 by the Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted to deny the request although Bradley asked them to defer the decision until he could provide them with more information. That meeting was met with a standing-room-only crowd spilling out into a packed hallway, where several county landowners spoke passionately against the proposal.

Bradley wants to rezone a 4,682-acre parcel of land in the Bulloch Bay area, near Interstate 16 and Highway 67, from AG-5 to Light Industrial so as to build an industrial park he says will lure more - and larger - industries to the area.

An existing industrial park, still under construction and awaiting tenants, is located just a few miles north of the proposed site, near Interstate 16 and Highway 301 South. It is owned by Bulloch County.

Robertson's release issued Wednesday stated the "project will promote responsible, sustainable growth and provide jobs."

She could not give reasons why Bradley withdrew his initial rezone request after the Planning and Zoning Commission denied it. The request was to have gone to Bulloch County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 2 for a vote but did not due to the withdrawal.

Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes, Marsh & Hodgin LLC filed the new application Wednesday.

"Today our firm filed an application on behalf of GA I-16 Bulloch County, LLC, requesting the rezoning of property located in southern Bulloch County from agricultural to light industrial," said Laura Taulbee Marsh, attorney with the firm. "We believe that this is an incredible opportunity to advance Bulloch County and the state of Georgia. In the days and weeks ahead we look forward to working with our client to share more information on how the project will promote responsible, sustainable growth and provide jobs in Bulloch County for years to come."

During the July 14 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, residents opposed the rezone request for the proposed industrial park for reasons including environmental, aesthetic and traffic concerns.

The rezoning request will be heard during the Sept. 8 Bulloch County Planning and Zoning meeting at 6 p.m. in the Bulloch County Annex, said commission director Randy Newman.

The rezone request either will be approved or denied by the board and sent to the Bulloch County commission for a vote during its Oct. 4 meeting at 5:30 p.m., he said.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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