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Controversial tract getting a new plan
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A rezoning petition that stirred strong reactions from nearby residents and was pulled at the last minute in April may be coming back before county commissioners.

Effingham Zoning Administrator George Shaw said a new plan for the Exley and New Savannah tracts is being submitted to the county planning board, with the proposal including a residential area to border the Goshen Hills subdivision.

“I think it meets the requirements of the neighboring subdivision,” he said.

Residents of Goshen Hills had vehemently opposed the previous rezoning request, which called for the 1,043-acre tract to be rezoned industrial. Before asking for the industrial rezoning, the area had been zoned planned development-mixed use.

Shaw said the proposal should be heard at the planning board’s June 23 meeting, if the development of regional impact assessment is completed by then.

The new rezoning request includes multi-family residential, Shaw said.

Representatives for the Exley and New Savannah tracts had said they withdrew their request in April because of the conditions that were being imposed.