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Changes made to city of Cumming land-use proposal

20-year comp plan being examined at same time as county

POSTED: April 16, 2017 9:30 a.m.

City officials worked out some details of an update to Cumming’s comprehensive plan at a work session this week.

Consultant Jerry Weitz, of Jerry Weitz and Associates, spoke with the Cumming City Council, the plan’s steering committee and other city officials on Tuesday to discuss the plan and address issues, where attendees were given a draft of the plan.

“I think there were a few things in there that maybe have been skipped over, hadn’t looked at real close,” Mayor Ford H. Gravitt said of the plan, which will guide land-use decisions for the next 20 years.

The comprehensive plan will next be discussed at the City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday. Weitz said a new draft incorporating information from the work session will be ready at the meeting.

During the meeting, mixed-use developments were heavily discussed. A suburban mixed-use zoning land-use category was proposed for combinations of residential, institutional, office-professional or commercial uses.

Officials decided to remove the “suburban” distinction and to instead have it used for mixed-use projects less than 40 acres.

The council will still need to approve zoning categories after the plan is approved.

Director of Zoning and Planning Scott Morgan said he hopes to have the plan adopted by June 30.

The plan makes changes to several zoning categories. Single-family and multi-family residential will be replaced with: residential-1, up to 1.5 units per acre; residential-1A, 1.5-2.5 units per acre; residential-2, 2.5-3 units per acre; and residential-3, for single- and multi-family developments with 3-6 units per acre.

Previous categories of vacant/undeveloped and agriculture/forestry are not included in the new plan.

Goals are also laid out for housing, historical preservation, economic development, land use, community facilities and services, transportation, intergovernmental cooperation and natural resources on the environment.

At the meeting, officials updated Weitz on what information was inaccurate, outdated or needed to be removed from future plans.

A copy of the plan is available at


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mosesdds: April 16, 2017 8:40 p.m.

Speaking of the future plans for the City of Cumming. Maybe the paper can shine some light on the negotiations between the city and the Habersham Action Committee(Habersham Sewer facility). After all the FCN publisher was quoted last month as stating: "Not only as a journalist, but as a citizen, government transparency is incredibly important to me".

As reported last year by the FCN, "In an email, Jon Heard, director of the Cumming Utilities Department, wrote that Gravitt in a conversation had “guaranteed” the city would take on the facility if Forsyth County Commissioner Jim Boff, who represents the area, did not seek office or was defeated in this year’s election." As a result Boff called the mayor's hand and did not seek office.

The community would like to know what effect the recent sewer shed fire is having with the city's plan to take over the HAC sewer facility.

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