CANTON – The Canton Planning Commission met Wednesday to discuss a handful of topics that will be reviewed with a public hearing on Nov. 18. 

The first topic of discussion at the commission's work session involved a request for an amended list of allowed uses on 141 Railroad Street.

Grant Schmeelk of Dime requested warehouse distribution for one of the existing buildings in the industrial mill.

Commissioners raised concerns about traffic flow due to shipping trucks potentially coming in and out of the industrial mill area. The size of the trucks was also a concern.

“We need to get some idea on how much these trucks are going to weigh and how often they will come in and out of the mill,” planning commission member Leon Stafford said.

The mill currently has three entrances, with the third entrance leading into West Main Street. This was also an issue with some members of the board because of the possible traffic concerns and the tight quarters area.

“I can’t imagine bringing trucks to and from the mill along West Main Street,” Chairman Richard Kemp said.

Schmeelk will provide information involving traffic flow and truck size, among other concerns that were raised by the commission at the public hearing on Nov. 18.

A town home developer also brought a request to the commission for a conditional use permit at 227 Marietta Street.

The owner of the property, Brad Fisher, wants to bring new housing to downtown Canton. The project, which could be single or multi-family, currently consists of four to five high end town homes.

The town homes would be a total of three stories high, with the first level being a garage and bonus room and the second and third levels would be approximately 2,000 square feet of living space.

The final topic of the night was centered on a request made by Ted Turner, senior vice president of Land Acquisition and Development at Century Communities of Georgia, to amend the approved master plan for Pod P in Towne Mill to allow for a variety of house sizes.

The lone revision that is sought is to modify the minimum house size of 2,000 square feet. Turner would like for no more than 33% of the houses to be either 1,700 or 1,800 square feet and for a minimum of 29 homes to be 2,000 square feet or larger.

According to Turner, Pod P's primary home buying market should be age-targeted, active adults, mainly those looking to downgrade to ranch style homes, rather than the traditional single-family home market.

Planning commissioners will approve or deny the requests following a public hearing at their next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at city hall, 110 Academy St. in Canton.

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