By Patrick Yost
The Madison Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved two applications, one that would pave the way for a pest company to occupy a building on Eatonton Road and the other to allow construction of a residential house with a variance on the front yard set back.
Dennis Mitchell, speaking on behalf of Bughouse Pest Control, told the commission that the business continues to grow in Morgan County and for the third time he needed more space for technicians and office staff. Mitchell hopes to move to a building in the Family Dollar Shopping Center; however current zoning would not allow for the designation.
“The issue is their coming in under a contractor application and contractor’s are not permitted in the zone, which is a neighborhood zone,” said Commissioner Chairman Robert Trulock.
Mitchell told the commission that no chemicals would be stored at the site and that the business is inspected annually for safety by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
No one spoke against the application.
Commission Member Joe Houston suggested that the commission, instead of allowing a text amendment, add a distinct category in Commercial 2 zoning that would allow Bughouse to operate. “We need to add a new category that fits the industry. Maybe that’s the easiest solution and make it permitted in C2,” Houston said.
The commissioner approved a text amendment to zoning that will “add an additional category (professional services facilities) by unanimous vote.
The commissioner also approved a request by Cathey Holdings, Inc. to reduce the building setback on a residential house on Foster Street from 136 feet to 75 feet. No one spoke against the variance request.