Business Will Have to Vacate Location After Winder Council Denies Rezoning Request

The property owners had requested the approximately .19-acre parcel at 29 N. Beulah St. be rezoned from B-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) Zone to I (Industrial) Zone.

A pallet business will have to vacate its current location in Winder after city council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to deny a rezoning request for the property. 

Owners Don and Kathy Wade had requested the approximately .19-acre parcel at 29 N. Beulah St. be rezoned from B-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) Zone to I (Industrial) Zone. The pallet business currently occupying the space, Jim Price Pallets, falls outside the uses allowed under the B-1 zoning classification. 

Kathy Wade spoke during the citizen input portion of Tuesday's meeting, saying the building had always been used for light industry, housing a welding company and two cabinet shops in the past. Wade said if the council denied the rezoning request the property would sit vacant.

Becky and Thom Tollerson, the owners of , which is adjacent to the pallet business, also addressed council members. Thom Tollerson presented a petition signed by more than 80 individuals expressing support for the denial of the rezoning request. 

Becky Tollerson said she had been asking the city to enforce the current B-1 neighborhood commercial zoning for the past four years. 

Citing concern for the future of the property, Councilman Travis Singley made a motion to deny the rezoning request. 

"It boils down to, it’s spot zoning," Singley said. "This new administration is cleaning up our city and that’s my focus, is just cleaning it up.” 

Councilman Larry Evans echoed Singley's concern for future use of the property should it be rezoned for industry. 

"I’m just really torn about this and being a business person myself I can understand where you’re coming from and I think we do have to look for the future," Evans said. "We would be putting this out in the open if we did zone it industrial ... One way or another someone’s going to lose in this.” 

"It is spot zoning," Councilman Ridley Parrish added. "There are a lot of other areas that we need to approach that are in violation and have gone on for years and years and we’ve let it go.”

Winder Mayor David Maynard said he had walked up and down Beulah Street on Monday looking at the area and the businesses there. 

"One thing I think that everyone in this room can agree on is these uses (neighborhood commercial and industrial) are incompatible," Maynard said. 

City council members voted unanimously to deny the rezoning request. 

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John Q. Public June 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I have so many thoughts as to what I think of this. It just comes down to Politics getting in the way of someone trying to make a living. Ever heard of NIMBY? (Not In My Back Yard). Everyone wants to see progress and growth, just do it somewhere else.
Kevin price June 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
It's alright for everybody else to do it but one person has a problem with having to park across the street where there parking lot is so they have to shut down a man that is trying to make a living. I think its crazy people need to try to build there self up and not try to shut people down
Jim bob June 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Always trying to shut the little man down. He will find another place and Business will boom. The parking lot will now be used for the music shop. If i were Kathy wade i would put a fence around my lot so they could not use it. He owns his own property too and he can't build there either. So how much do we really own!!! The goverment is crooked and will promise you the moon and burn you with the sun.
Jim bob June 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Oh by the way what about Pruitts right around the corner same zoning area. But because Barrow county uses it it's ok.
sabrina phillips June 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Why is it ok for pruitts to be there but not the pallet shop. That is what is wrong with the economy now. The little man has to struggle while the big man does whatever to push the little people down. The pallet shop has been there four years why move now. What about the sign shop he is not zoned for it either. and how was it that it was ruled in his favor first then switched it does not make sense....it guess u got to have pull to keep a business open in barow county
Sarah June 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Hi Jim Bob, The parking has nothing to do with this. The music school has its own parking. The issue at hand was that the pallet business was not in the proper zoning. It should have never been opened there in the first place. There is a house directly next door to the business. Do you want an industrial zone feet away from your home? I don't think so. The City of Winder made an excellent decision.
Sarah June 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Bravo, City of Winder! I am so pleased with this decision. 106 West has been an incredible asset to the community for the past 11 years. I am proud of the city for finally standing up to enforce their own zoning laws. This is a great move for the community. Keep industrial where industrial belongs.


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