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TIFTON — Responding to residential opposition, Tifton City Council will not amend the planned unit overlay for the Mill Ridge subdivision.

The proposed alterations would have revised the original overlay by replacing the nine parcels of land scheduled for single-family residences with multipurpose duplexes.

Council first reviewed the application Nov. 1 during work session, when a representative of the applying company, Davis Design and Development, listed the benefits of the revision, namely the versatility of the duplexes.

However, a number of Mill Ridge residents spoke in opposition of the planned revisions, citing many existing problems in Mill Ridge that duplexes would only exacerbate.

The city held another public hearing discussing the matter at its Nov. 15 meeting, where once again the two parties laid out their cases.

A Davis Design and Development representative refuted the previously stated traffic concerns, claiming construction would include an outer band road for use solely by the new residents. Jay Baldwin, a Mill Ridge resident who opposes the revision, said all of the Davis Design claims are baseless, with no data to properly support them.

Based on these statements and the discussion from the work session, City Council voted to refrain from making any changes to the planned unit overlay, choosing to keep the single-family residences as the scheduled development in Mill Ridge.

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