The Hinesville City Council approved veterinarian Dr. David Beatie’s rezoning petition for Beatie’s Animal Clinic.
The property, located at 1001 Beatie Blvd, required a zoning district of C-2 in combination with the special permit use required of veterinarian clinics.
A variance building setback request was made for the plaza at the intersection of West Oglethorpe Highway and Fraser Drive, a plaza home to the Quick Stop convenience store/gas station and Ink Survivor Tattoo and Piercing studio.
The owner is looking to demolish the existing structure and build a new convenience store and gas station in its place.
As they are required to do, the city council called for public opinion, asking for those in favor of and opposed to the request. There was one opposition from Ink Survivor Tattoo owner Cheri Marion, who said she had no idea about the owner’s intentions until recently.
Marion said she would have difficulty finding a new location, citing the criteria needed for a tattoo shop’s location such as it needing to be a certain miles away from a church, school or residence.
She also argued that there were already gas stations and convenience stores in the area like the one located directly across the street.
The city council, however, approved the owner’s request, but not before suggesting Marion talk to the owner about selling the property to her instead to save her business.
A property at 969 West Oglethorpe Highway, once a bar called Hurricanes, then a Korean church, was approved for rezoning for the purpose of turning it into a day care center.
In other business: The Hinesville Youth Council formed in September attended this recent Council meeting. Youth Council Mayor Jere Pearson informed City Council about their goings on. The group helped out at the Scarecrow Stroll.
The Youth Council will be attending the Cities United Summit in Atlanta in January. Before ending his report, Pearson invited Hinesville officials to attend some of their meetings.
Brian Smith, who serves at the City of Hinesville representative on the Liberty County Development Authority Board, is up for reappointment.
His current four year term ends Dec. 19.
City Council will discuss Smith and his contributions and will make a decision next meeting.