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R-3 Zoning Category Requested by Presbyterian Homes of Georgia Allows for Multiple Uses At Oconee County Site

The R-3 zoning classification that Presbyterian Homes of Georgia is seeking for a site on Rocky Branch Road is consistent with the county's Future Development Map but not with current use.

The R-3 zoning classification that Presbyterian Homes of Georgia is seeking for a 96-acre site on Rocky Branch Road would allow for two-family duplexes, multi-family townhouses and multi-family apartments, none of which are allowed on the property as currently zoned.

While the rezone would be consistent with the county's Future Development Map, it would be inconsistent with land uses currently near the property. Nearby property is zoned for single family residential and agricultural use.

With a special use designation, the R-3 allows for the Continuing Care Retirement Community use that PHG is seeking, as well as for an assisted living facility. Assisted living will be part of the CCRC facility that PHG is proposing.

The R-3 category also allows for personal care homes, with up to 15 persons under care, even without a special use designation.

Once the property is rezoned as R-3, any of the uses allowed in that zoning category can be made of the property, whether Presbyterian Homes builds its facility or decides not to do so.

Presbyterian Homes rezoned land near Butler's Crossing in 2008 and then suspended the project when the economy turned bad.

For additional information on the rezone, including a graphic showing its location on the Future Development Map, go to Oconee County Observations.

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