South Rome may be the stage for up to six rodeos per year, if a request is approved by the Rome City Commission next month.
A South Rome property owner appeared before the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission last month to acquire a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a rodeo in a Community Commercial (C-C) zoning district on property located at 5 East 12th St.
A decision on the request was postponed by the Planning Commission in order to give the South Rome Redevelopment Agency (SRRA) a chance to discuss the proposed plans with the applicant.
SRRA presented a letter to the Planning Commission stating that the agency has no problem with the request and recommended a one-year limit on the SUP.
Planning Director Sue Hiller, however, pointed out that a time limitation on the SUP may present a legal problem.
The property is located in an area across from the Floyd County Health Department.
A motion was defeated (3-6) that would limit the rodeo events to four times per year.
The Planning Commission voted to approve (7-2) the SUP for a rodeo only, to be held for no more than six times per year, for no longer than two days each. A minimum 50-foot setback along all property lines was also included in the approval.
The request will be placed on first reading at the next meeting of the Rome City Commission on Monday, Aug. 17, with the public hearing to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8.