Zoning modifications approved for tree service

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the modification of conditions of zoning for a parcel of land at 126 Larue Road, near Ga. Highway 162, to be used by Bryan Perry of Above All Tree Services. The business, currently in Conyers, is set to relocate to Newton County and construct an office building, along with some storage buildings on the site. Such services as tree removal, stump grinding, chipping and pruning will be offered.

The site was formerly zoned General Commercial and a conditional-use permit had been approved for a lumber yard; however, it was left in a vacated state and no commercial activity ever took place on the site.

The owner agreed to improve the commercial entrance off Ga. Highway 162 Connector in accordance with minimum standards set by the Georgia Department of Transportation, including any additional right of way that may be necessary to make the required improvements or to provide for placement of utilities.

Other modifications included parking of vehicles should be set back no less that 100 feet from residential property and 50 feet from any right of way; no activities such as grinding or mulching may occur within 100 feet of all property lines; burning is prohibited; and provision of a minimum of a 75-foot buffer or a 55-foot buffer with an 8 foot opaque wooden fence, adjacent to all interior property lines and a 25 foot buffer along any public right of way.

Commissioners discussed limiting the hours of operation of the business due to noise concerns, but in the end, it was decided that the operation would be allowed to run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Two citizens spoke against approval of the modifications, expressing concerns of trucks bringing mud onto the highway and school children unable to do homework due to the noise.