Only two requests have been filed throughout the county this month, down from three submitted in February, but up from zero that were submitted in March 2010.
Countywide, there have been seven requests submitted, down from 14 submitted at the same point last year.
The city of Canton's Community Development Department received a request from RaceTrac to annex and rezone 0.9 acres at 4125 Marietta Highway from general commercial in Cherokee County to commercial in the city limits.
The company plans to continue operating its convenience store in the location, but has plans to build a new facility on the property.
The case will be heard by the Planning Commission on April 18 and on May 5 at the city council meeting.
Canton received no requests last month and none for March.
Cherokee County's Planning and Zoning Department originally had one request submitted this month to be heard by the county's planning commission in May, but the case was withdrawn, said zoning administrator Vicki Lee Taylor.
The county planning and zoning department serves unincorporated Cherokee County, Ball Ground and Waleska. So far, the county department has received only seven cases this year, down from the 12 that were received at the same point last year.
County Planning Commission Chair Bob Whitaker said the lack of rezoning requests can be attributed to the real estate market being oversaturated with property not in use.
Developers, whether they are in the commercial or residential sector, "don't see a lot of opportunity to purchase and rezone when there's excess capacity in the market," Whitaker said.
"It's just a difficult market," he added.
Holly Springs hasn't received any requests to be heard in April, said Community Development Director Brantley Day.
The city also didn't receive any requests last month and didn't receive any in March 2010. So far, Holly Springs has not received any cases this year and did not get any requests at the same point last year.
Woodstock also didn't see any rezoning requests submitted for its May hearing deadline, said Zoning Administrator Patti Hart. Woodstock also didn't receive any cases last month and none for March 2010. So far, the city has had no requests come in this year, down from the one request submitted by this same point last year.
Mayor Donnie Henriques said he is hopeful rezoning requests will turn around in the city.
"We've seen renewed interest in continuing projects and new businesses opening," he said. "These speak well of an economic comeback."
The city of Nelson received a rezoning request that will be heard by its Planning and Zoning Commission during a called meeting at 6 p.m. March 31.
Blue Fin Properties LLC is requesting 2.23 acres at 1170 Canton Road be rezoned from general commercial to light industrial for a light manufacturing, storage and distribution facility.
The City Council will consider the case during its April 4 meeting.
The request is the first for Nelson this year as the city hasn't seen any activity in two years.
However, Planning and Zoning Chairman Lamar Kellett said it's always good "to see some activity" in the city, but he didn't think the request is "an indication that building in Nelson will resume."