The Upson County Planning Commission held a special called meeting on October 1 to vote on a special exception request . Cynthia Chestnut had petitioned the board to allow for a cemetery plot on family land on Lawrence Road, which is zoned A-R (Agriculture Residential), and the board passed the request unanimously.
Planning and Zoning Director Doug Currier, II told the commission the 47-acre site is in a heavily wooded area and is surrounded by A-R zoning on all sides. He stated the request was for a family cemetery of approximately 400 square feet, however he recommended increasing the size to 1,600 square feet to allow enough room for blood relatives and relatives by marriage, should they choose to be buried there. Currier noted the planning commission had previously approved a special exception of this type was in 2009.
Also listed as conditions of the approval, Currier recommended the commission require all state regulations must be followed and all local and state health regulations must be followed. Commissioner Mike Raines made a motion to approve the special exception and it was seconded by Commissioner Joel Pitts. The board gave approval with a 5-0 vote.
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