CANTON, GA-In a rarely used move, Cherokee County commissioners are tabling all residential development rezoning requests for six months, specifically in the Interstate 575 corridor near this city. Commissioners are concerned that prime industrial acreage is being sought in that vicinity by an army of multifamily and single-family developers.

Brokers familiar with the decision tell commissioners decided to clamp down on the residential rezoning applications in a move to reassure relocating national corporations that developable land was still available in Cherokee County. The county is trying to bring more new jobs to the area where about 65% of its residents commute to out-of-county jobs.

In a recent rezoning issue, commissioners reduced the size of a $50-million, 492-unit townhome and single-family community to 340 units and denied a rezoning on the same project for the development of horse trails, a riding area and a 50-horse barn. Atlanta developers Margaret Sapp and Stephen Macauley are appealing the decision in a lawsuit filed in Cherokee Superior Court, as previously reported.

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