Salem Road Zoning

Salem Road and Route 162 in Georgia from I-20 to Brown Bridge Road travels through Rockdale County Ga and Newton County Georgia.  The Salem Road Corridor Overlay, or SRCO was created by Rockdale County to maintain and improve aesthetics along the corridor.  New zoning concepts for Rockdale County such as mixed use commercial and residential with setasides for parks and recreation were created for use with the Salem Road Overlay.

One aesthetic point was the glaring and ugly growth of Hwy 138 / Ga 20 with unlimited signage in terms of heighth and square footage.  The Salem Road Overlay addressed these issues with a uniform guideline that mandates lower signs and incorporates architectural standards into the signage construction criteria.

Salem Road Corridor Association participated in the community driven process of planning for widening of Rt 162 with the county and state planners and the lead engineering firm.

Salem Road

Newton County Georgia, Rockdale County Georgia.  The Salem Road Corridor Association was a key contributor for the design and production of the Salem Road Corridor Overlay, a progressive and modern zoning ordinance for Rockdale County Georgia that improves aesthetics and provides for smart growth and a balance between commerical, residential and industrial zoning requirements.

Covington Ga Mayoral Race

In the 2011 race for Covington mayor, Ronnie Johnston was among the first challengers to announce his intentions to run. His business background includes developing a chain of dental offices, which the family sold in 2010. Johnston attended budget and council meetings and decided the city needs a good communicator and listener.

Please direct press releases announcing the intentions of local candidates to

Property Taxes for Vanity Photos

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners facing the voters in upcoming elections have used county funds for photography, printing and framing of portraits. Follow the link above to see the Chairman in the largest portrait, flanked by the other two commisioners. If you pay property taxes in Rockdale County Georgia, you might be interested in the cost of the portraits to taxpayers. Here is just the cost of photography, printing and framing;


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Rockdale County Home Invasion

Three shot at Rockdale apartment complex

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Three shot – two serious, one not life threatening
Sunday night, May 15, 2011 around 10:30 PM (22:30)

WSB report – Country Walk Apartments –

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Brown Bridge Walmart

Construction has started on a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads, and the store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.

Full Article at Covington News

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce views the Salem Road corridor as one that could eventually house higher-end commercial development.

Construction has started on a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads, and the store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.

The building will be 156,000 square feet, smaller than its traditional Supercenters, like the 204,000 square-foot location on Ga. Highway 142, said spokesman Glen Wilkins. It will have all the same amenities, including a grocery with bakery, deli and produce sections, as well as a garden center, vision center, pharmacy and tire and battery section. There will also be an eatery in the front of the store and two other businesses.

Walmart has been building smaller stores around the nation to increase efficiency and reduce footprint.
The store will employ around 200, mostly full time. Walmart generally sets up hiring centers, but those locations have not been chosen. Interviewing is expected to start in late fall, Wilkins said.

Some residents have expressed concern over increased traffic in an already congested area, but the store will have a separate access road between Brown Bridge and Salem roads, according to site plans. Wilkins said good traffic flow is a priority for Walmart, because poor traffic flow harms the customer experience.

The store will have 688 parking spaces, and is located on 26.73 acres. Wilkins said the store site was chosen based on customer feedback at existing stores.

“Customers don’t like to travel to shop. We want to be there for them and provide a convenient shopping experience,” Wilkins said recently. “The exact location was one we felt we could put a Walmart without impacting our current stores.”

Walmart owns 33.58 acres at the intersection, and the site plans calls for four other parcels to be created, which would then be sold or rented out to other businesses. Walgreens is already located at the intersection.

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce views the Salem Road corridor as one that could eventually house higher-end commercial development.

May 27, 2011 Bailey’s Food Pride robbery

“Police seeking Conyers man in armed robbery

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the second suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Bailey’s Food Pride on Salem Road.”
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COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the second suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Bailey’s Food Pride on Salem Road.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said a warrant has been issued for Javonte Norfleet, 18, of Conyers. Already in custody is Traion West, 19, of 39 Ridge Road. West has been charged with armed robbery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and loitering and prowling in connection with the incident that occurred Friday, May 27, at about 9:15 a.m.

West was arrested the same day as the robbery after residents of the nearby Sunflower Lane area called to report a suspicious man ringing doorbells.

When deputies made contact with the suspect, according to Crum, he fled and deputies chased him on foot. “The suspect was seen throwing a large amount of money as he fled,” Crum said.

NCSO investigators have tried to make contact with Norfleet without success, Crum said.

“I don’t think he’s really wanting to talk to us,” he added.

Norfleet was identified as a suspect through the investigative process, Crum said.

“We got some information on who it might have been, which led to past associations, which led to going back to witnesses and doing photo lineups and getting identifications on them,” he said.

In other police news, Crum said the NCSO has located additional witnesses in the case of a Pineridge Mobile Home Park man who was stabbed to death in his home Tuesday night.

The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed two people of interest in the case and is now interviewing the additional witnesses. “We have been interviewing them today,” Crum said Friday, “and we will be continuing to follow up on leads and information we gather as we talk to folks and develop more leads from them.”

Crum said the motive in the stabbing of 41-year-old Manuel Castillo is unclear.

“We think we know where we’re going,” he said. “We just don’t have all the pieces to put it together yet.”

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their website at and clicking on “anonymous tips.” Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Man shot

The Covington Police Department reported that a young man was wounded by gunshot on Geiger Street Friday.

Lt. Ken Malcom with the Covington Police Department said investigators were interviewing witnesses Friday afternoon to determine the nature of the incident. “We are looking into the possibility that it was an accidental shooting,” he said.

Malcom said the victim was shot in the forearm and the bullet passed through his forearm and into his hip. “He was transported to Grady (Memorial Hospital) by ground ambulance. It does not appear that his injuries were life-threatening,” Malcom said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m., Malcom said. The victim was shot either inside a residence on Geiger Street or at the entrance to the house, he said.

Investigators were questioning three witnesses in connection with the incident, Malcom said.

Conyers Rejects Taxation

Wednesday evening May 11, 2011 Mayor Mills and the City Council approved a resolution opposing a 1 cent sales tax increase being pushed on counties by MARTA. Public transportation advocates in favor of MARTA claim its adoption lowers pollution, congestion and helps the poor, elderly and handicapped. Those opposed cite the economic disadvantage to Rockdale County and the spread of crime that comes with public transportation.

Approval of the resolution was unanimous. Officials have been reported to say they would not support MARTA in or near the City of Conyers. Some citizens have commented on crime and the recent beating of airline employees on MARTA.

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival turns 30

Arguably Conyers’ most popular festival, the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival reaches a milestone this year as it enters its 30th year featuring arts, crafts, food, entertainment and the celebration of the Japanese culture. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free with a $5.00 parking fee.

To celebrate the 30th annual festival, organizers are offering unique opportunities for festival-goers to take part in the anniversary. Everyone becomes part of the show at the high-energy Nick’s Kids Show and everyone can help decorate for the festival by participating in the Cherry Tree Art Activity. Children ages 12 and under are encouraged to take part in the Passport Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a Cherry Blossom Festival plush horse souvenir named Blossom. The martial art of archery will be on display in demonstrations by the Georgia Kyudo Renmei and Kyudo Alliance on the main stage. The Japan-America Society of Georgia will be on-site with handmade origami items.

“The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival began 30 years ago on the grounds of Maxell Corporation and has grown into an award-winning, regional festival that we’re happy has its home at the Georgia International Horse Park,” said Event Manager Rebecca Hill. “Whether you’ve come each year of the festival or are a first-time visitor, we hope you’ll come enjoy this special 30th celebration with your family, friends and neighbors.”

GIHP staff recently attended the Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) Conference held at Stone Mountain Park. The Kaleidoscope Awards Ceremony held during the SFEA Conference showcases the best and brightest in the event industry. This year, the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival won a bronze “Best Sponsor” award for National EMS in the Best Sponsor in a Festival with a Budget Under $75,000 category and the festival also won a gold “Best Volunteer” award for the Salem High School Football Team in the Best Volunteers in a Festival with a Budget Under $75,000 category. In past years, the festival has been named “Best Festival” and was also named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For more information on the 30th Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival and auxiliary events such as the Conyers Cherry Blossom Croquet Tournament and Kiwanis Club Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament, visit web-siteor call 770-602-2606.

Conyers GA September 2011 Zoning

City Proposes Zoning Change for Central Conyers Activity Center

In 2009, a comprehensive study was performed for the city of Conyers by professional planning consultants in conjunction with the city planning staff, which identified and studied the Central Conyers Activity Center, an area identified as one of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiatives (LCI).

The Central Conyers Activity Center (CCAC) is a swath of land south of Olde Town Conyers, adjacent to Interstate 20 between the West Avenue and Georgia Highway 138 interchanges.  The study area also borders Dogwood Drive and Green Street.

The Central Conyers Activity Center LCI Plan strives to encourage new development, connectivity and economic activity within the study area.  In order to address the recommendations for the area, the city of Conyers is proposing to amend the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and change the zoning district of the CCAC to MxD (Mixed-Use Development District).

If you are a resident or property owner in this area, stay tuned for more information on upcoming meetings and public hearings in the coming months that will further explain what this rezoning means to you.

Town hall meeitngs for those in the Central Conyers Activity Center will be held on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Both meetings will be held in City Council Chambers, the second floor of the Conyers Police Department located at 1194 Scott Street.