The council voted unanimously Sept. 23 to approve the new Kroger Fuel station, under the conditions there be no more than seven multi-pump fuel dispensers on the property and the canopy at the station be built with brick and a neutral color scheme.
The Kroger Fuel station also received approval for a sign variance, in a separate unanimous vote, allowing their sign to have changeable characters that take up more than 20 percent of the total sign area.
Woodstock’s sign ordinance usually prohibits changeable characters from taking up more than 20 percent of the total sign area, but when asked by Councilman Chris Casdia for a recommendation, Community Development Director Jessica Guinn said the sign variance request was consistent with other gas stations in the area.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a rezoning request for property on Putnam Ford Road at Eagle Drive, in Woodstock, which changed the previously townhome-zoned property to allow for up to three single-family detached homes per acre.
Parks Huff, the attorney for the rezoning applicant, said at the meeting the original plan was to build 118 townhomes and with the rezoning, the plan changed, now requesting construction of 46 single-family detached homes.
Councilman Randy Brewer asked Huff if there was a deceleration lane between the development’s two entrances on Putnam Ford Road and he replied no, there wasn’t.
In other news:
• Council denied a sign variance request from McDonalds on Ridgewalk Parkway, asking council to allow an LED-lit sign. Council denied the request 5-1, stating safety concerns, with Councilwoman Liz Baxter in favor;
• Council approved a waiver of construction hours for concrete pouring at the Benton House Assisted Living on Trickum Road, for Sept. 25, Oct. 4 and Oct. 15;
• Approved the purchase of tax software for billing property taxes for 2013 and collection of delinquent property taxes due to the city;
• Approved an alcohol license for the Shell Food Mart on Highway 92;
• Approved the 2014 Farmers Market location on Market Street from Mill Street to Maple Street;
• Approved the disposal of surplus IT items;
• Passed the second reading of the memorandum on apartments within the SmartCode zoning area, to last through February 2014;
• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Downtown Development Authority regarding property at 111 Pinehill Drive, to be used for the trail system;
• Approved the purchase of property off Arnold Mill Road adjacent to the Park at City Center for future amphitheater parking. Passed 5-1 with Councilman Casdia opposed;
• Proclaimed Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day for Oct. 9; and
• Proclaimed the Caregiving Award to Cathy Miller of Emeritus.