County approves rezone of Goggins Lane

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Emerson McAfee, left, hands an award to Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Sam Manley for his 26 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

After failing in Richmond city limits, two zone changes were granted for property at 1194 Goggins Lane by the Madison County Fiscal Court rezoning 22 acres of agricultural land as UC-1 (single family housing) and 39 acres of agriculturally zoned land as UC-2 (multi-family residential).

However, neither was approved without a lengthy discussion and several public comments at the Tuesday morning meeting.

One comment came from Rod Mobley, a resident of Brookline Subdivision, which is next to the property in question. He spoke against the zone change, saying that while he was for development in the county, the court should not ignore the traffic, water runoff and flooding issues already existing there.

He attributed the flooding in the neighborhood to a lack of retention walls from the Richmond Center development, within city limits.

"I ask that you send this back to planning and zoning and tell them to get this done right," Mobley said.

Other residents of the area spoke in objection of the rezone, citing the same problems as Mobley, including water runoff and increased traffic.

Amanda West, who moved from Los Angeles, asked the court to think of what a rezone and development would affect in the long run, such as increased traffic and violence with more additional properties and communities.

Mike Eaves, the attorney of the hopeful developers, spoke after all the public comments, addressing several comments made. Then Eaves reminded the court that before any site development plans could be made to address those issues, they first had to approve the zone change as part of their own protocol.

"To be as clear as we can be, on behalf of the owner, the purchaser and future developer of the property, we object to being required to go out and spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to justify a project that we don't have," Eaves said.

"I suggest that you are just, respectfully, kicking the can down the road if you send it back to the planning and zoning commission. I suggest to you they have already considered this stuff, it is in their motion. They will tell you based on that that this zoning classification is proper," he added.

Bert Thomas, the director of planning and building codes, defended the planning and zoning commission, saying their decision did not come lightly as they are a very thoughtful group.

"They took their time to make this decision after it was dropped on the table after the city did what they did," Thomas said.

When it came time to vote, all magistrates and the judge/executive voted in favor, other than Magistrate Roger Barger, who abstained from the vote.

Now, a site development plan will be conducted for the land including surveys and studies.

Other business

• Sheriff's Deputy Sam Manley with the Madison County Sheriff's Department was presented an award by Emerson McAfee, the head of the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 1066. Manley served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 26 years. "It has been a pleasure to serve my city, my county and my country. I would have done it again, again and again," Manley said.

• Deputy Judge/Executive Colleen Chaney gave an updated list of the properties owned by the county, along with a presentation of the conditions of those properties and which would be available for sale, if any.

The next Madison County Fiscal Court meeting will be held Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m., at the Madison County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Richmond.

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