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Pinson calls meeting to reconsider zoning

By Lee Weyhrich

PINSON — The Pinson City Council has called a special meeting to reconsider zoning for a Kellogg’s cereal products warehouse.

The meeting will be Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Pinson City Hall.

The city council last month voted to reconsider a previous action, one in which the rezoning of land at 7068 Highway 75 for a Kellogg’s warehouse was denied.

Pinson City Hall
file photo by Gary Lloyd

For the rezoning to pass, four positive votes were needed. Dawn Tanner, Robbie Roberts and Joy McCain voted for the rezoning. Mayor Hoyt Sanders and John Churchwell voted against it. Joe Cochran was not present for the vote. To be approved, the vote needed to be 2/3.

Sanders has said he doesn’t believe there has been a motion to reconsider on a zoning case since Pinson has been doing zoning, which has been for three years.

“All others have been re-classification based on annexation,” Sanders said.

The owner of the property, Jason Stidham, wants to open the warehouse, and he has said the warehouse would be quiet, hidden from view by trees, as non-intrusive as possible and as far away on the property from housing as possible.

The city has already designated the area as a site for future highway commercial businesses, according to the master plan. According to current zoning rules these businesses could include bus stations, funeral homes, printing and publishing businesses, automotive repair, a gym, or an automotive or recreational vehicle dealership, in addition to more commercial endeavors.

The area is currently zoned for light agriculture, and the rezoning being pursued would change that to light industrial.

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