Walker County Board of Commissioners approves rezoning for Rossville affordable housing complex

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield speaks to citizens gathered at the Walker County-LaFayette Public Library on Aug. 17, 2017.

The Walker County Board of Commissioners has voted to approve the rezoning of a 19-acre parcel on Happy Valley Road in Rossville, Georgia, across from Ridgeland High School from agricultural and commercial to residential.

The rezoning is one step in the process for the Gateway at Rossville development project, which would bring a 156-unit affordable workforce housing complex to the area.

The complex is expected to offer 18 one-bedroom units, 90 two-bedroom units and 48 three-bedroom units, as well as a covered pavilion, playground, computer center, exercise room, swimming pool and dog park.

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Commission Chair Shannon Whitfield, who came under fire in recent months after he admitted to mistakenly approving the original rezoning request for the development when he was sole commissioner, cast the deciding vote Thursday, breaking a 2-2 tie to rezone the land.