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Commissioners table Exley tract rezoning
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A controversial rezoning proposal will wait another four weeks before it’s brought before the Effingham County commissioners.

Commissioners voted to table the rezoning of 1,043 acres known as the Exley tract that would have allowed for warehouses and light manufacturing. The rezoning was approved by the planning board in January but has met opposition from neighboring residents.

“This is a very emotional issue,” said Commissioner Verna Phillips, in whose district the property lies. “A number of people have been working very diligently to come up with a solution and I hope we can do that. We’re not there yet.”

The matter was scheduled for a public hearing Tuesday night. With the commissioners agreeing to table the issue, it won’t be heard until their April 15 meeting.

Phillips estimated 100 people attended a meeting with the tract’s developers and Thomas and Hutton engineers on the rezoning. She said people wanted more time to go over the material the engineers presented on their findings on such things as impact on traffic, air quality, water quality and noise.