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Planning board rejects appeal over Augusta Prep lights

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The Columbia County Planning Commission decided Monday that they did nothing wrong when they agreed to allow a change in a zoning provision that lets a Martinez private school install lights around its athletic field.

The zoning board voted 4-1 earlier this month to recommend allowing Augusta Preparatory Day School to erect four 80-foot-tall light posts near its field on Flowing Wells Road. Last week, most county commissioners favored the board’s recommendation.

Prior to the commission meeting, former Planning Commission Chairman Dean Thompson filed an appeal with the zoning board, claiming it had no right to even consider Augusta Prep’s request.

In denying Thompson’s appeal, planning commissioners said he had no right to file it.

In May, commissioners voted 3-1 to deny the plan revision. Thompson has argued that once denied, county officials must wait six months to again take up a zoning issue for the same property.

Guy Quinn, a Springlakes resident speaking for Thompson at the appeal hearing, said a “revision is a zoning change” and that the waiting period applies when a property owner requests a change in the uses for that property.

“The question is if there is a new use,” Quinn said. “The answer is obviously yes.”

However, County Attorney Doug Batchelor said that the six-month wait requirement doesn’t apply to plan revisions or properties, like Augusta Prep’s, zoned as a special district.

Furthermore, Batchelor said any appeal to the planning commission’s decision to hear the issue should have been filed within 15 days following publication of a notice in the county’s legal organ – The Columbia County News-Times. Thompson, said Batchelor, didn’t file that appeal until about a month after the July 3 publication of the notice.

On those grounds, planning commissioners unanimously voted to deny the appeal.

The issue over the revision to allow the lights created a lot of tension between Augusta Prep officials and many residents of the neighboring Springlakes subdivision.

Following months of meetings, Augusta Prep and the Springlakes Neighborhood Association reached a compromise that included limiting the number of events using the lights to just 10 evenings per school year, shutting off the lights by 10:30 p.m., reducing plans for additional seating at the field, and that school and association officials meet every six months to discuss their issues.

Those stipulations and more were included as conditions for approval by the commission.

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Pu239
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Pu239 08/22/11 - 09:33 pm
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I can hear the Augusta Prep
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I can hear the Augusta Prep kids now....Na Na Na Na...Na Na Na Na... Hey Hey Goodbye...

woodymeister
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woodymeister 08/23/11 - 12:08 am
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Pu239 must have watched a

Pu239 must have watched a re-run of "Remember the Titans" on Saturday night...fortunately for the Titans, they were able to actually win their games. As for the lights, I'm sure the president of the homeowner's association is proud of his accomplishment, complete with the call for his resignation. If that happens, a small celabratory gathering at Sandlewood would be appropriate, wouldn't it?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/23/11 - 05:03 am
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I wonder if the opposing

I wonder if the opposing Spring Lakes, "Get off my grass," crowd has considered the benefits Augusta Prep provides to the community by turning out students educated so well they often are admitted to Ivy League colleges? The institution is a treasure.

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 08/23/11 - 08:47 am
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Riverman, when homes become

Riverman, when homes become vacant along Quail Springs Circle I expect to see you as a new resident. Maybe you'll get lucky and have realestate next to your home zoned commercial.

Yep, those kids go to ivy-league schools...just like our dear president.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/11 - 09:19 am
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The thing that showed the

The thing that showed the mean-spiritedness of the Springlakes opposition was the accusation that allowing nightime football at Augusta Prep would cause hearing loss in Springlakes' residents.

CHSDARKHORSE
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CHSDARKHORSE 08/23/11 - 09:41 am
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It's all about the votes.

It's all about the votes.

woodymeister
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woodymeister 08/23/11 - 09:56 am
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It's not "all about the vote"

It's not "all about the vote" it's "all about the money". And while the Ivy League may see students from Prep, many will go to an expensive institute of higher learning not because of their education, but more because of the connections of a parent or their ability to sweeten the pot. Unfortunately, these kids are learning behaviors and attitudes that sets many up for a fall once mom and dad can no longer pull strings for them(or light switches). Go Cavs!

MartinezCitizen
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MartinezCitizen 08/23/11 - 12:27 pm
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@woodymeister, You will find

@woodymeister, You will find entitlement attitudes throughout the schools whether it is a private school or public. To pin that sterotype to students attending Augusta Prep is ignorant.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/23/11 - 01:37 pm
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Real Harvard cheer when

Real Harvard cheer when opposing team scores:

"That's all right!
"That's okay!
"You're gonna work for us
"Someday!"

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 08/23/11 - 02:32 pm
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I am just glad I do not own a

I am just glad I do not own a house next to the stadium. The CC Commisisoners were WRONG to approve this... from a quality of life perspective.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/23/11 - 03:21 pm
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Stadium? More like a field

Stadium? More like a field with a few bleachers.

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 08/23/11 - 03:57 pm
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Yeah, we're gonna work for

Yeah, we're gonna work for you someday? Just like fearless leader would have us do; work for him, the qualified community organizer. No thanks, I'll work for myself and remain free.

ccres
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ccres 08/23/11 - 08:57 pm
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This is so comical. It's not

This is so comical. It's not even like Springlakes is that upscale of a neighborhood. Let the school have the stinking lights. You don't hear the residents of Champions Retreat or Riverwood complaining...

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