The Gainesville City Council on Tuesday OK’d a rezoning of 3.5 acres on Calvary Church Road near its intersection with Candler Highway that could lead to new commercial development on the property.
A retail strip center with bail bonds businesses and four vacant spaces currently exists on an adjacent property.
A gas station, industrial park and single-family residences are located nearby.
The new light industrial zoning will allow the owners to place a small recycling dumpster on the site, which is part of maximizing the use of the property, representatives said.
At an earlier planning commission meeting, those opposed to the rezoning said they worried that restrictions were needed to limit the scope of commercial activity possible to an office complex, for example.
No proposals have yet been made for developing the property.
The council’s approval did come with one condition: a prohibition on placing billboards on the property.
City officials are currently considering allowing digital billboards to be erected within the city limits.
Concerns about cluttering the local landscape with more and more billboards would be addressed by requiring the removal of old billboards before a digital one could be put up.
With a new ordinance possibly coming down in the coming months, city planning staff said it made no sense to allow billboards at the newly rezoned property at this time.