By Patrick Yost
The Madison Planning Commission last Thursday unanimously approved two zoning actions at its monthly meeting.
The commission approved a request by Wesley Spake, representing Benchmark Physical Therapy for the conditional use of a medical professional business in Bi–Lo Shopping Center, Eatonton Road. Spake told the commission that the business would primarily deal with out patient physical therapy. Spake said Benchmark Physical Therapy currently has offices in Covington and Monroe and roughly 60 other locations in Georgia. Planning Commission member Herb Anderson motioned to approve the request and that motion was seconded by Member Sherry Terrelll–Alexander.
The Planning Commission also approved a request from Daniel Harrell for a conditional use permit to allow a neighborhood church to locate to a shopping mall.
Last month the planning commission approved a text amendment change that would create an opening for the request by allowing placement of a neighborhood church as a conditional use in areas zoned for shopping centers. After a recommendation by the Planning Commission, the Madison City Council approved the text amendment change.
The Planning Commission approved Harrell’s request on behalf of Lakepoint Community Church to locate its church to the Wash Rock strip mall off Atlanta Highway. The commission approved the request based on the church providing “proof of adequate parking prior to a public hearing before (Madison City Council) and the removal of signs and inventory by the “extant” business.
Harrell told the commission that the church had been meeting at the James Madison Inn and Conference Center on Sunday but that the congregation had grown and the church wanted to start providing youth services on days other than Sunday.
“We had 200 two weeks ago, of which 80 were under 18,’ he said.