Cherokee County's greenspace will soon grow by nearly 400 acres.
The Scott Hudgens Foundation has chosen to donate 399 acres of land along Highway 140 near the Cherokee County/Bartow County line to the county government.
The County Commission unanimously voted to accept the donation pending the county receives the proper documents and completes the title search.
The land sits adjacent to the county's Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails in the northwest corner of the county and has frontage along the state route. The county plans to use the land for active and/or passive parks and recreation.
Scott Hudgens, the late World War II veteran, is the same person who donated the land that's now houses the 775-acre Georgia National Cemetery along Highway 20/Knox Bridge Highway west of Canton in the Sutallee community.
Cherokee County has 4,519 acres of parks space. Broken down, that includes 2,524 acres of currently developed and opened parks, 1,596 in greenspace and future parks and, if accepted, the 399 acres from the Hudgens foundation, said Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Director Bryan Reynolds.
In other business, the county tabled until its second meeting in April a request from Stonetrust Investors, Inc. to rezone 4 acres at 3171 Cumming Highway just east of Canton from R-80 residential to general commercial.
The applicant wants to utilize the property for office/service uses. The Cherokee County Planning Commission had recommended denial of the case.
County Commissioner Harry Johnston, the commissioner for the district where the property sits, said the applicant would be satisfied with possibly opting for the property to be rezoned to Office & Institutional.