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3 things to know from Cumming City Council work session
ICON Music Festival
Councilmembers voted to waive the permit fees for Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub and 37 Main from sales of alcoholic beverages at the two companies’ summer events at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The Cumming City Council voted unanimously to change the city’s zoning ordinance in hopes of creating a smoother process for annexations.

At Tuesday’s work session, councilmembers voted 5-0 to adopt the amended ordinance which would allow landowners seeking to have their property annexed into the city the option to have it zoned as an annexed property (AP) district for up to 18 months from the date of annexation.

City Attorney Kevin Tallant previously presented the draft of the ordinance at the Council’s regular session on May 21.

The new mechanism is in response to a recent wave of annexation requests to the city from county landowners that have exposed strains in the process.

The mechanism would cut costs for both the city and county, avoid wasting “local and state resources” and create “more thorough and deliberate planning for land use” in the city, according to the draft.

Under the AP zoning, the landowner could maintain the same use of the land, and any conditional uses, as it did while under county zoning ordinances. After one year, the property could be rezoned according to the city’s ordinances.

If the property is not rezoned after 16 months, the land would automatically be zoned R-1, but the City Council could vote to extend an AP zoning for two months if a property owner shows “good cause.”


Bye, fees

Councilmembers voted unanimously to waive the permit fees for Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub and 37 Main from sales of alcoholic beverages at the two companies’ summer events at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

As part of the agreement, the City of Cumming will receive 20 percent of all gross alcoholic beverage sales within 10 days of the event, according to city documents.

The city waived the nearly-$1,000 fee for both companies last year when they held several concerts during the summer. City Administrator Phil Higgins said the city generated $16,000 from the agreement.

“Yeah, I think that sounds like a better deal for us,” Councilmember Jason Evans said.

37 Main is hosting four concert events at the Fairgrounds this summer: the ICON Music Festival, on Saturday, June 8; the Red White & Rock Music Festival on Thursday, July 4; the second annual City of Cumming Music Festival on Saturday, July 27; and a fourth concert to be determined.

Rosati’s is under contract to host two concert events, the first of which is the Nashville Downtown concert on Saturday, June 29.


Making the Fair automatic

Councilmembers voted unanimously to change the city’s contract for the Cumming Country Fair & Festival with James H. Drew Exposition to automatically renew the contract unless the City Council takes action at least 120 days prior to the end of the year.