Backstreet Boys member responds to claims he broke Milton zoning laws

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Credit: � 2019 Cox Media Group.

A member of the seminal boy band Backstreet Boys has responded to accusations that he is not in line with Milton's zoning laws, Channel 2 Action News reported Monday.

This comes after a WSB-TV story Thursday reported how Brian Littrell had been using a Freemanville Road property as an unlicensed event space.

“Any and all activities that have occurred at the Freemanville Estate have been private gatherings consisting of Littrell’s friends and family,” part of the statement read.

The city previously indicated that Milton officials had spoken with Littrell last Monday, telling him not to host events at the property — known as the Freemanville Estate, which he rents.

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The next day, the property's Facebook page posted a poolside picture captioned: "Our pool will have your guests wanting to bring their swimsuits 👙"

The property's website has an availability calendar and a contact page that says "let's start planning!"

Another concern was what neighbors reported was a helipad. The neighbors worried that helicopters could scare nearby horses in rural Milton.

The statement from the singer and his wife Leighanne Littrell, a Marietta native, said they have been members of the Milton community for two decades and “they do not intend to jeopardize the existing quality of life of residents in the community.”

Milton, population nearly 40,000, prides itself on being rural and horse-friendly.

The statement also said that what had previously been reported to the city as a helipad would no longer be for any aircraft and had been built as extra parking space.

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The city has denied Littrell’s request for a special use permit to use the property as an event space.

The city said their zoning manager was approached two years ago by Littrell claiming he was the property owner, something the city found not to be true. Littrell and his wife wanted to zone the property to hold special events. The city denied his permit.

The statement released Monday said they want to use the property as their second home, ending by saying how they want to protect the city:

“Having raised their family in the City of Milton, the Littrells know firsthand how wonderful this community is for families and will continue to do their part to advance the City of Milton.”

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