TIFTON – Tifton City Council passed a rezoning proposal that changed a residential property into a general business designation during the March regular session.
Robert Guthrie owns a car lot in District 3 and the property has been zoned for residential since he purchased the property more than 10 years ago, Guthrie said. To his knowledge it has always been a car lot.
Guthrie wasn't in violation from using a residential property for general business, but he was faced with stipulations that he couldn't build any new structures on the property without the property being zoned for general business, city officials said.
After tearing down a dilapidated structure on the property, Guthrie was unable to rebuild anything until the rezoning was passed.
The vote to rezone the property was passed unanimously despite initial opposition during the work session from Councilman Johnny Terrell of District 3. Terrell had been opposed to the idea of the rezoning because of concerns for children playing in the area with increased traffic from the car lot.
Guthrie told City Council that nothing will change about the way the property operates beside a new building that will go up after the rezoning.