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Four things from this week’s city council meeting

At a work session for the Cumming City Council on Tuesday, as members voted or discussed zoning a new neighborhood, changing rules for a recreation and parks facility and a Trunk or Treat event.

All votes are 5-0 unless otherwise noted.

Property rezoned

A new residential community is coming to the city, after the council voted 4-0, with Councilman Christopher Light recused, to rezone 10 acres on Charles Place from institution district, or INST, to Moderate Density Residential, or R-2, for development of 30 single-family units.

“We want front porches where neighbors meet each other, sidewalks and we want to have certain areas where they can have a place to walk their dog and be close to Cumming,” said Rob Renno, who described himself as “sort of” the developer of the project.

Renno said he envisioned residents living in the neighborhood being able to walk to downtown Cumming.

Cumming Planning and Zoning Director Scott Morgan said the homes would be a minimum of 2,200 square feet and lot sizes would be “no less than 7,000 square feet” with an average lot size of about 9,150 square feet.

Renno said the homes would be largely ranch-style houses with some two-story units.

Mayor Troy Brumbalow said he wants to see a monument sign and entrance landscaping for the neighborhood approved by the city planning department.

Rec rules changed

Director of recreation and parks Greg Little highlighted some changes for events at the Cumming Recreation Center.

Earlier this year, the city debuted new rules for allowing alcohol at the building if those pouring beverages had a valid pouring permit in the city.

Little said only one business in the city had expressed interest in serving alcohol and wanted to expand those able to serve to include businesses in unincorporated Forsyth County through a permitting system.

The city has not yet hosted an event serving alcohol at the facility.

“We’ve had a couple come and ask about it,” Little said. “One of those was an event where they wanted to have a wine and beer tasting, but I’m assuming the distributors were working with them to provide the alcohol and the distributors were going to provide the pourers. Well, they’re not licensed pourers.”

Little said there would also be changes to how much those renting the facility would need to pay more for certain events.

“Having had those rental rooms open for two years now, we’ve kind of seen what works, what doesn’t work, the problems we run into with the bookings and scheduling we have,” he said.

The changes would include a 20 percent increase for rentals serving food to provide additional carpet cleaning, a $100 per hour charge for events going over their scheduled time, requiring events with food to pay 50 percent of the price as a security deposit – instead of 25 percent – and a 40 percent increase in pricing for events offering sales of goods, tickets or other items.

Trunk or Treat

Brumbalow laid out plans at the meeting for the final Fridays at the Fairgrounds event this year on Oct. 19 to include a Trunk or Treat event for youngsters.

“It’ll be the same stuff we normally do, but there will also be trunk or treat, that way you’ll get people with the old cars, maybe have the sheriff’s office and that kind of stuff,” he said.

Brumbalow said since the event was geared toward kids the normal $5 cover charge would be eliminated and no alcohol would be served.

A costume contest will also be held.

No action was taken.

Moratorium enacted

City Attorney Kevin Tallant laid out a moratorium lasting no more than five weeks and impacting commercial zonings for “the issuance of metal structures, metal carports, manufactured buildings, manufactured structures and temporary structures” or building those. Residential areas are not impacted.