THOMASVILLE — Packed Thomas County Commission chambers coupled with a rezoning request on a meeting agenda almost always translates into protests about the request.

Not so Monday.

The second-floor courtroom was filled with church members in favor of a request to rezone about 61 acres on Ga. 122.

Donald Vinson, agent for the property owner, requested a zoning change from agricultural to R-2 (single-family residential) to allow for development of a residential subdivision.

Thomasville lawyer Doug Silvis, representing buyers and owners, said rather than increasing the size of lots, green spaces and buffer areas would be maximized.

The subdivision — seven miles from Thomasville — would provide 44 residential lots and several acres for construction of Patten Holiness Church.

A water system would be installed. “It would be on septic tank,” Silvis told commissioners during a public hearing on zoning requests.

When commission Chairman Josh Herring asked for comments in support of the subdivision, church members stood in approval. No one opposed the project.

Commissioners Mary Jo Beverly, Louis Rehberg and Elaine Mays cast nay votes to the rezoning request.

The board gave unanimous approval to a request by Thomas L. Smith Jr., owner, to rezone from R-1 (single-family residential) to R-2 for about 5.3 acres on North Pine Tree Boulevard. Four houses will be built on the property.

Commissioners also gave unanimous approval to Corey Bable, a relative of the property owner, for a medical hardship variance for close to two acres at 127 Hill Road. Bable wants to erect a manufactured-housing dwelling on the tract.

In other business, commissioners approved final plat approval and road acceptance for Terra South LLC, Summer Glenn subdivision Phase III.

A Hobbs Construction Co.-Cedar Hill subdivision/Henry Road request for acceptance by the county road maintenance system was approved.

Commissioners approved an amount not to exceed $1,500 to fund training for Thomas County Magistrate Court personnel.

Also, commissioners OK’d a low bid of $2.269 per gallon for 7,500 gallons of low-sulphur diesel. The bid was submitted by Petroleum Products.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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