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Laney-Walker overlay zoning application gets second look

Residents question some procedures

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An application for a special zoning district in a section of Laney-Walker neighborhood will be reviewed and resubmitted after some residents and property rights activists said procedures weren’t followed correctly.

The special zoning, called an overlay district, was proposed earlier this fall by APD Urban Planning and Management, the city’s revitalization partner for the Laney-Walker area. The overlay would place special provisions on land use but retain the underlying base zoning.

The application became the focus of concerned residents beginning in October when the application was scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting before residents received notifications in the mail.

George Patty, the city’s director of planning and development, said his office will reissue the legal advertisement and remail notifications to affected residents.

“I don’t see the problem they see,” he said. “We don’t want to end up in a lawsuit.”

Several meetings were held to explain the overlay district to the community, but resident Dee Mathis and property rights activist Al Gray continued to oppose the overlay. The decision to resubmit the application was made after another small meeting of city leaders and opposers last week, Patty said.

Warren Campbell, an APD senior project manager, said his company will check the application for errors and seek to clarify confusing language.

“We feel like it was submitted properly, but some did not feel like it was submitted properly,” he said. “We will lose time, but we’re willing to make sure everyone is on board.”

The Augusta Commission denied the application Nov. 15 and planned to revisit the request at the first scheduled commission meeting in January.

Resubmitting the application will likely push the agenda item to a later meeting in January. The do-over will cost a few hundred dollars, Patty said.

Although many residents now support the overlay, Patty said, continuing opposition stems from misleading wording on the overlay application that led some to believe the proposal applies to the entire Laney-Walker and Bethlehem area.

The original legal ad and mailings specify a development area known as W-4, or the Foundry Place, that is a targeted site for a mixed-use development, he said. The proposed overlay district includes properties in the 1400 block of Wrightsboro Road and portions of Augusta Avenue, R.A. Dent Boulevard, and Kingston, Brown, Holley and McCauley streets.

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mike71345
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mike71345 12/05/11 - 10:27 pm
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1)"The overlay would place

1)"The overlay would place special provisions on land use but retain the underlying base zoning."
2)"The original legal ad and mailings specify a development area known as W-4, or the Foundry Place, that is a targeted site for a mixed-use development, he said."

There is a small portion of the area that is zoned for business, the rest is residential. The "underlying zoning" and "mixed-use development" are thus incompatible without zoning changes. The Chronicle could really do a better job in pointing that out and bringing it to the forefront.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 12/05/11 - 10:38 pm
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One can hardly buy that this

One can hardly buy that this proposal will start again from scratch because property rights nuts had their panties in a wad. Facts were that the original application got dropped in mid-stream and they tried to substitute a minimalist "application" to fit the smaller neighborhood that had been sent notice. Opponents had a clear trail of documents leading to P&Z referencing the bigger Laney Walker zone all the way until 11/8/2011. Opponents had the applicant on VIDEO presenting the botched larger zone in the public meeting of 10/18/2011.

Chronicle, you just got a big fat "F" for fact checking before you wrote.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 12/05/11 - 10:48 pm
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Another unaddressed factoid

Another unaddressed factoid is that the applicant and the city needs to get busy informing all the folks in the broader Laney Walker development zone of what is coming, before someone else does it for them.

mike71345
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mike71345 12/05/11 - 10:56 pm
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1)"The overlay would place

1)"The overlay would place special provisions on land use but retain the underlying base zoning."
2)"The original legal ad and mailings specify a development area known as W-4, or the Foundry Place, that is a targeted site for a MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT, he said."
Editor–please check story again for logical and factual consistency.

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 12:45 am
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Many Arrows your really hit

Many Arrows your really hit the nail on the head...

Many Arrows is minimalist application really a more polite phrase for the P&Z submitting as final a document/proposal that was incomplete and missing entire sections of the document and was never truly discussed with the residents in the affected area.

So Mr. Mayor, the Core Four County Commissioners and the P&Z crew, what is the big push and the big rush? Come on what is the big reason?

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 12:56 am
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We need to get some true

We need to get some true affirmative action in place in Augusta government - greedy incompetent bozos out and good honest
people in...

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 12/06/11 - 02:52 am
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Very interesting.. So NOW

Very interesting.. So NOW they want to cross their "t's" and dot their "i's". When previously it was just...."Leave it to us. We'll take care of it"
To me, this sounds more like "Don't ya'll worry about a thing, we've got it all figured out"..
Of course THEY do....but for who?

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Brad Owens 12/06/11 - 05:29 am
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HAHAHAHAHA, Well, at least

HAHAHAHAHA,

Well, at least they are blaming us instead of ignoring us now.

If it was only going to cost a "few hundred dollars" and just push it back a few months, why fight at all?

Seems that they are trying to say that this is "much ado about nada" but the CABAL has been shoved back a few feet on this. They will be back and they will be on guard.

They submitted a flawed proposal and application. Period. Then they tried to backtrack and we didn't let them do it.

We will be ready with a magnifying glass, a copy of the rules/laws and a willingness to fight for the little people when the new application comes out.

Score one for the rule of law and the property rights of citizens in Augusta.

Glad to see so many folks suppporting each other against the machine.

As Viktor Laslo would say, "Welcome to back to the fight. This time I'm sure our side will win."

Brad

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 08:52 am
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So why not some statements

So why not some statements fro Al Gray or Dee Mathis? I see time was taken to get the official statement of the representatives of the the government.
Hopefully the government is planning on doing proper notification of the residents of LWB overlay zone this time.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 12/06/11 - 11:28 am
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As I often post, Harrisburg

As I often post, Harrisburg was declared an Opportunity Zone without one public hearing. It was done under cloak of darkness. The entire neighborhood had a major zoning change supported by false documents sent to the Department of community Affairs by Mr. Patty and signed off on by Mayor Deke Copenhaver. I have proof of all of this. The AC should begin to investigate for the citizens rather than just taking the word of our inept and dishonest city leaders. The AC is doing a great diservice to it's readership, thus keeping people continuously in the dark as the cabal robs this city blind. I guess the last one left in Augusta will turn out the lights.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 12/06/11 - 12:27 pm
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Sic 'em Lori....

Sic 'em Lori....

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 01:31 pm
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Will you bother to interview

Will you bother to interview Al Gray and Dee Mathis for their collective points of view on this issue?

My goodness these two citizens took their case to the ARC commission meeting and had the commission decide in their favor the proposed LWB overlay zone proposal was incomplete and sadly lacking in substance.

If you do a article on LWB without Al Gray and Dee Mathis it is truly even more of a one sided story. So is the Augusta Chronicle doing its due diligence as a news organization or has it just become a propoganda machine?

Your readers and people of Augusta want to know?

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Little Lamb 12/06/11 - 01:55 pm
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Meg Mirshak reported: The

Meg Mirshak reported:

The special zoning, called an overlay district, was proposed earlier this fall by APD Urban Planning and Management, the city’s revitalization partner for the Laney-Walker area. The overlay would place special provisions [i.e., restrictions – LL] on land use but retain the underlying base zoning. . . . Warren Campbell, an APD senior project manager, said his company will check the application for errors and seek to clarify confusing language. . . . Resubmitting the application will likely push the agenda item to a later meeting in January. The do-over will cost a few hundred dollars, George Patty, the city’s director of planning and development, said.

When George Patty gets APD's invoice for revising the overlay application, he will find it is much more that a few hundred dollars. Please, Ms. Mirshak, stay on top of this and let us know what APD charges the city for revising this application.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 12/06/11 - 02:07 pm
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Yes, Tom Casey. The AC is a

Yes, Tom Casey. The AC is a propaganda machine. Also Little Lamb, I believe APD submitted an inappropriate application for overlay. It is their application, so they will have to make the changes. Also, Tom you are right. There is no story without an interview with Dee Mathis or Al Gray. They ARE the story!!

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 03:17 pm
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Interview Al Gray and Dee

Interview Al Gray and Dee Mathis I would really like to hear the whole story without any spin on the issue.

These two citizens deserve to be interviewed because they stood up for what is right and just. An article without their chance of commentary would simply be un-Anerican.

Credibility is tough to gain once you lose it.

tomcasey
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tomcasey 12/06/11 - 03:22 pm
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There is no story without

There is no story without interviews with Al Gray and Dee Mathis. The Augusta Chronicle time is near to be fair and balanced reporting the news or content to be a propoganda machine for the well heeled.

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