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Cumming transmits city’s 20-year plan

 
POSTED: April 21, 2017 5:00 a.m.

The Cumming City Council has voted to transmit the city’s 20-year land use plan for state and regional review.

The Council voted unanimously to transmit the plan during the council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday after holding a special work session to discuss the update the week before.

The plan will come back to the city before being adopted.

“Once we receive their comments back, we may make some additional changes to the document before bringing it back to [the council] in the final form, which I believe will probably be in the June meeting for consideration of adoption,” said Scott Morgan, director of planning and zoning.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said there were 16 or 17 changes made to the plan after the previous meeting. Morgan said many of those changes were to land use.

A new draft was completed between the two meetings.

At the previous 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.

The update is being done by the firm Jerry Weitz and Associates. Meetings with the plan’s steering committee began in August 2016, and the council has discussed the plan since.

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 and will no longer be available for new zonings.

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.

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