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Equestrian facility coming to rural Roswell
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
April 16, 2014 10:21 AM | 1814 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For once, local attorney Don Rolader did not have to rebut objections to his client’s proposed land use in Roswell.

The application by Canary Farms on behalf of Jada Caesar, a professional equestrian, met with almost instant approval last month from the city’s planning commission and on Monday from city council.

On 19 acres on Ebenezer Road at the city limits in far northwest Roswell, Canary Farms intends to build an equestrian facility on land zoned for agricultural use. There will be a 9,000-square-foot barn and living facility, both covered and open riding rings and multiple fenced pastures. Caesar plans to board horses and give riding lessons, Rolader said. Her dream is to train riders to compete in the Olympics.

“This is a professional equestrian facility, which is different from a commercial barn,” Rolader said. “We have no tack store, no pony rides, no trail rides and no birthday parties.”

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In other action on Monday, the council postponed a hearing on a rezoning application allowing 22 townhomes and two single family homes on Azalea Drive because the review and approval from the Atlanta Regional Commission had not yet come through.

A hearing on proposed changes to the city’s noise ordinance that would address complaints about loud music in the historic district also was deferred for more time to gather input and fine tune any new restrictions. Council also told community development staff to enforce codes requiring an unobstructed five-foot pathway in front of Roswell Provisions on Canton Street.

“I have some concerns about them kind of jamming things in there, which is inconsistent with other restaurants having the five-foot width,” Councilman Jerry Orlans said.

Council members gave the green light to a $66,500 contract with Pond and Co. to prepare a master plan for future development of the areas behind Canton Street known as the East Alley and West Alley.

Alice Wakefield, director of community development, said there had been a request from the Historical Preservation Commission for such a plan to be created due to development pressure, particularly near Webb Street.

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