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How a new zoning could smooth annexation process
City Hall

The Cumming City Council discussed a potential change to the city’s zoning ordinance that could create a more gradual process for annexing property from the county.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the City Council was presented with a draft of 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.

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, according to City Attorney Kevin Tallant. 

“People wanted to annex property, and the county didn’t find out until right before the deadline,” Tallant said.

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.”

“That will allow people to annex property into the city without changing land use standards and give the city a longer period of time to work out how the property is going to be developed,” Tallant said.

No action was taken.


Alcohol license

The City Council voted 4-0, with Councilmember Jason Evans absent, to approve an alcohol beverage license for Izumi Asian Bistro.

The license allows the restaurant at 1510 Market Place Boulevard to serve distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on the premises.


Rain, rain, go away

Councilmembers unanimously approved a bid of $563,500 from TYBE Company, LLC to replace a culvert on Hickory Knoll.

The road, which crosses over the Kelly Mill branch of Big Creek, has experienced major flooding issues during recent heavy rains due to a poorly installed culvert, according to Jon Heard, director of Cumming Utilities.