County moving forward with new land use plan

By Billy Corriher

The consulting firm hired by Clayton County to revise its land use plan has come up with a first draft of the new plan, and the firm is now hoping to receive feedback from the public.

Lee Walton, of Robert and Company, presented the firm's revised plan at a meeting with the county commissioners on Tuesday.

Walton said the public will have the opportunity to learn about and comment on the draft at information sessions tentatively scheduled for Feb. 17, Feb. 21, Feb. 24, and Feb. 26.

"We're going to have some public envisioning sessions in each of the commissioners' districts," he said.

The county commissioners will also appoint a steering committee composed of representatives from community groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the school board, Walton said. The committee will provide the firm with more feedback.

After receiving public input on the first draft, Robert and Company will come back to the commissioners with a second draft in April or May, Walton said.

The county is mandated to have its land use plan up to new state standards by October.

Also at its meeting Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners discussed negotiations with Waffle House, Inc., which wants to purchase the Old Riverdale Library property.

County Attorney Don Comer said the county is discussing leasing the property, located at 6701 Ga. Highway 85, for $1,550 to $1,600 a month for up to 10 years.

Waffle House, Inc. would buy the property before the 10-year lease is up for around $300,000, Comer said.

The property was appraised at $400,000, but the county has not been able to find any buyers because of problems with the site, he said.

"We've sold it three of four times, but nobody can produce the money," said Crandle Bray, chairman of the board of commissioners.

Bray said the library is "dilapidated," and the company wants to tear the building down to construct a restaurant.

Comer said the location is "very advantageous" from a business standpoint.

Comer said he hopes to have the terms of the lease finalized so the commissioners can vote on it at next Tuesday's meeting.