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Livestock plans clear first Planning Commission hurdle

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A question of wastewater runoff did not stop a Kingston property owner’s request to keep livestock from getting a recommendation for approval from the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission.

Jennifer Parks, along with her husband, Billy Parks, applied to have their property at 157 Gentry Road, Kingston, rezoned from suburban residential to agriculture

residential with a special use permit in order to keep pigs.

Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Planning Commission had Jennifer Parks present their reason for wanting to keep two pigs as well as other livestock, including a few chickens.

“We want to keep enough chickens so we can have our own eggs, and the pigs would be for us to eat,” Parks said. “Six chickens would be the most we would have, and we have enough property to keep them away from everybody.”

The Parkses indicated that they would also plan to keep two cows and a goat on their 5.9-acre lot in the future.

Bert Jones, who lives across the road from the Parkses at 60 Gentry Road, was at the meeting and spoke about the possible adverse effects that the pigs’ waste might have on his property and a nearby waterway.

“The way their property is, when it rains real hard the water flows from their property, across my property, and into Dykes Creek,” Jones said. “Depending on how the water is controlled, I have no big problem with it.”

Parks said she has experience raising pigs, and the animals will be kept at the far back end of the property.

“There should not be a problem with the water runoff,” she said. “But we will dig a trench and do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Rome-Floyd County Planning Director Sue Hiller said the Parkses could keep the property zoned suburban residential and get a special use permit to keep most live-

stock, but they need the agricultural residential zoning for the pigs.

The Floyd County Commission will make the final decision following a public hearing on Jan. 28.

In other business:

  • Action was postponed on a request from Danny Lewis, owner of Affordable Towing, to rezone the property located at 3798 Martha Berry Blvd. from community commercial to light industrial in order to store cars. Planning staff said there was not enough detail in the site plan to determine if certain requirements would be met, and Lewis was not present to answer questions. The Planning Commission voted 5-1 to postpone a decision so it could be brought back to the group next month. Tom Bennett, Frank Brown, Christian Terry, Bill Temple and chairman Logan Boss voted to postpone it, while Ronnie Wallace voted against delaying the decision.
  • A final plat review for the second phase of the North Quarters subdivision was withdrawn prior to the meeting after the developer decided that further work was needed before getting a recommendation from the commission.