BOC to hear proposal for recycling hub

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed special permit for a recycling center off Lake Rockaway Road.

M&M Recycling requested the special-use permit to operate a metal recycling business at property the company owns on Kinmor Industrial Parkway, located off Lake Rockaway Road.

The company currently operates a trucking and container business at the site, according to the application filed with the county.

M&M Recycling proposed to recycle non-ferrous materials such as aluminum, copper, brass, bronze and zinc with activities limited to collection, sorting, compacting and shipping, according to the special use permit application.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the special-use permit at 4 p.m. Thursday at the public assembly hall at 901 Main St. The commissioners will likely take up the matter during their next regular meeting on June 9.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of M&M Recycling's request at its May 14 meeting with 16 conditions set by county planners.

Among those were conditions limiting traffic to and from the location. Officials said that was a primary concern of residents in the area.

M&M Recycling would be restricted to eight deliveries per day. Also, trucks would be restricted from traveling on Lester Road. County planners set the truck route to and from the recycling center on Lake Rockaway to Old Covington Highway to Sigman Road to Interstate 20, essentially forbidding right turns off Kinmor Industrial Parkway.

Other conditions placed by the county included that storage of all recyclable materials be inside an existing 16,000-square-foot warehouse; no outdoor storage; and hours of operation be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

In other planning news, the Conyers City Council approved two special-use permits for family and adult care homes Wednesday after the Planning Commission recommended approval.

One permit was for a personal care family home at 1290 Irwin Bridge Road. The owners will convert a rental duplex into a single structure to serve as a care facility for senior citizens.

The other permit approved by the city is for a house at 1028 Highland Circle. The property had already been approved to be used as an adult care home in 2007; however, ownership lapsed and the new owners had to resubmit for the special use permit, according to the application.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com