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Olive Garden moving forward with approval for more parking spaces
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The Dawson County Planning Commission on Nov. 20 voted unanimously to approve a variance for additional parking for the Olive Garden planned to go in at the corner of Dawson Forest Road East and Ga. 400 where Huck’s Apple Barn formerly stood.

In an Oct. 11 application to the county planning and development department, Olive Garden Holdings requested 152 parking spaces as opposed to the maximum 86, stating that “if parking is inadequate it will negatively impact the new restaurant’s success.”

No representative from Olive Garden Holdings was present at the meeting but the planning commission decided to move forward with approving the application.

“The reason for more parking spaces is because they feel that they always max out at every location and they will need more spaces to park. In addition, staff has recommended approval based on all of the information that was presented to them from Olive Garden,” said Planning Commission Chair Jason Hamby.

The variance will not need to go before the board of commissioners.

The restaurant is the first of several potential businesses to be developed on the approximately 9.4 acres next to the Dawson Marketplace shopping center. The application references a hotel planned for the site and refers to the development as “Dawson Forest Square.”

Planning and Development Director Jameson Kinley said in October that the county knew of nothing else going in on the property for sure, and again on Monday said that there were no new updates.

Also heard at the Nov. 20 meeting was a request by Corey Gutherie on behalf of Tanco Investments to rezone three acres of land on War Hill Park Road from RA, or residential agricultural, to RSR, or residential sub rural, for a three-home subdivision.

The land is owned by Kevin Tanner of Tanco Investments and is located one mile down War Hill Park Road on the right.

Gutherie said that current plans show that the home with road frontage would have its own driveway, while the two other lots would share a separate common driveway.

The rezoning would be in compliance with the future land use plan and the applicant is not looking to vary from county subdivision regulations, and county planning staff recommended approval.

The planning commission voted unanimously to recommend that the board of commissioners approve the rezoning. The application will go before the board of commissioners at 6 p.m. Dec.20.

The next meeting of the Dawson County Planning Commission will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the second floor assembly room at the Dawson County Government Center. All meetings of the planning commission are open to the public.