By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Cumming City Council takes swing at allowing golf carts
Golf cart

A proposal for new vehicles could put the city of Cumming on par with other cities in the state.

At a work session on Tuesday evening, Mayor Troy Brumbalow and members of the Cumming City Council heard a proposal from City Attorney Kevin Tallant to allow golf carts on certain roads in the city. No action was taken at the meeting.

Though other cities in Georgia have similar rules for golf carts, Tallant said the rules were an “absolute mess of state law.”

“The short of it is the city has the ability to adopt by ordinance regulations that would allow the use of personal transportation vehicles, which is a fancy word for golf cart, on certain city streets and possibly on certain city sidewalks,” Tallant said.

Tallant said the vehicles would not be allowed on state routes and state right of ways including sidewalks.

Brumbalow pointed out that could be an issue in the city and said he would bring it up at an upcoming meeting with officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“Our biggest issue with trying to make it where Cumming is golf cart friendly is the state routes we have on Hwy. 9, Hwy. 20, Hwy. 306,” Brumbalow said. “You have to have a 10-foot-wide path with 2-foot shoulders on each side. You’re going to have bigger than a lane of traffic, and there are so many places where it isn’t feasible. You take out parking lots and business and everything else.”

Tallant said the proposal will also require a plan with engineers for any areas “where both vehicular traffic and PTV traffic will be utilized” and signage.

“Besides just the investments and getting those certifications and stuff like that, there are going to have to be some signs that have to be put up,” he said. “If we’re going to have any places where we’re going to cross a state route or a state highway, you have to have certain kinds of intersections.”

This isn’t the first time allowing golf carts has been suggested locally.

In September 2016, Forsyth County commissioners approved moving ahead with a similar ordinance before dropping the proposal in early 2017. At the time, commissioners said they had received little public outcry to allow the carts.