Backstreet Boys member in trouble with city over event space zoning

Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrel is violating the city code in Milton, Georgia, by running an event venue out of a mansion he is renting, according to WSB-TV.

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The city denied Littrel’s request for a special use permit to use the property as an event space for technical reasons, but it appears he has continued to host events there.

WSB-TV said it hasn't been able to reach Littrel for comment. The Backstreet Boys were inescapable during the 1990s. The group released a new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" last year.

In a statement by the city, Milton officials said they spoke with Littrell on Monday and told him not to host events at the property, known as the Freemanville Estate.

The city identified two problems: The property is being advertised and used as an event facility when it isn’t zoned for such activity, and there is a “new paved area that has been reported as being used as both a parking area and a landing area for private aircraft (i.e. helipad).”

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

As recently as Monday, the venue's Facebook page has been pitching itself as an events space.

In May 30, the page posted a picture from a release party celebrating Littrell's son, Baylee, dropping a single and turning 16 years old.

As for the helipad, neighbors are worried that helicopters will scare nearby horses. Milton, population nearly 10,000, prides itself on being rural and horse-friendly.

Tamara Didjurgis told WSB-TV she "looked for years for equestrian property" and the event space puts that quality of life in jeopardy.

“I really hope the city stands up for the citizens,” neighbor Trish Stafford said.

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