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New industrial park proposed
Request filed to rezone 4,682-acre parcel near I-16 and Highway 67
Ga 16 Bulloch sketch 1

A man who hopes to build an industrial park near Interstate 16 and Highway 67 is seeking a zoning change for a 4,682-acre parcel.

The Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing Thursday regarding this and other rezoning requests, according to information originating from the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners office. The meeting will be held at the Bulloch County Annex at 6 p.m.

According to a Bulloch County Departmental Review report, an entity called GA I-16 Bulloch LLC is requesting the rezoning of 4,682 acres near Highway 67, Owens Road and Old Donaldson School Road from Agricultural and Residential (AG-5) to Light Industrial (LI). The request was filed by Ryan Thompson with Thomas and Hutton Engineering Co., acting as an agent for Dan Bradley.

After the public hearing, the Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners, which will hold a public hearing on the matter and possibly vote on the request Aug. 2.

The report states that there are “substantial reasons why the property cannot or should not be used as currently zoned,” and “the proposed use (could) cause an excessive or burdensome use of public facilities or services including but not limited to streets, schools, EMS, sheriff or fire protection.”

The property is currently surrounded by agricultural land and residential areas.

“There is evidence that a proposed change in use may injure or detract from existing neighborhoods if development-related impacts are not mitigated,” the report states.

If approved, the zoning change likely would include several mandates from the county. The report further states that while the proposal may increase property value “if aesthetic restrictions are imposed,” failure to do so could stagnate or lower values.

The review was compiled by Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch, Bulloch County Planner Andy Welch, Bulloch County Engineer Kirk Tatum and Bulloch County Zoning Administrator Randy Newman.

According to a report by the Coastal Regional Commission, there are no pending projects for the property at this time. The report states the commission feels the “regional work force is not sufficient to fill demand created by the project,” and Bulloch County cannot provide sufficient water, so a well would have to be drilled. Also, a plan for wastewater treatment has not been identified for the project.

According to the CRC report, the applicant said Highway 67 would have to be widened to four lanes to accommodate the development as envisioned, and upgrades to and reconstruction of the existing interchange may be needed. No traffic study had been conducted at the time of the report.


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


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