Little-known ‘loop’ hinders city, developer agreement

Master plan, former manager’s decision cloud dispute

A little-known “inner-city loop” in Rockdale’s 2003 master plan, is complicating an agreement between the city and a real estate developer.

The “loop,” a series of up to 120-foot rights-of-way, runs north and south through Allday, Bushdale, Ackerman/ Main and Pear, and includes a non-existent road bordering the northern city limits that runs parallel with Skyles.

“It’s a major sticking point,” said Cit y Manager Kelv in Knauf, who inherited a situation that popped up w ith Alan Noack, who is looking to develop land he owns near the northern limits of Linwood Acres (which includes O’Kelley, Yokley, Sager and Skyles).

Noack said he sold plots to four property owners who wanted back-fence privacy, but did so without consulting the city.

Noack also said former City Manager T. Flemming gave him a verbal “okay” for the project.

Knauf said the city manager does not have the authority to make that type of call, as subdivisions less than five acres must come before the city’s planning and zoning commission, then to the city council for approval.

Knauf said he and Noack are are trying to come up with an agreement with Noack and the property owners, “something we can all agree with.”

“I can understand a landowner being upset when the city says they need a 120-foot strip of it,” he said.

Knauf said with most undeveloped real estate, the developer works with cities allowing for transfer of some property for rights of way for streets, water and wastewater lines, utilities and drainage.

Noack said the right-ofway shown on the city’s copy of the master plan shows the right of way going through backyards of some Skyles street residents. But K nauf said he believes that is just a mapping software miscalculation.

The city council would have to approve any plan amendments.

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