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Zoning change clears way for mixed use
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Forsyth County News

The development of live-work-play communities inside the Cumming city limits has become a possibility.

City Council agreed Tuesday night to add a multiple use zoning district to the city's zoning ordinance.

The district will allow for mixed-use developments on tracts that are at least 40 acres.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the idea was discussed during the Envision 2030 process.

The yearlong communitywide planning effort began in 2005 and allowed residents to share their goals, projects and desires for the county.

"These developments will all be borne by the developer at no cost to the city," Gravitt said.

He said developers would have to pay for infrastructure and to put in water and sewer lines.

Gravitt said areas where multiple use districts could be developed include near Exits 15 and 16 off Ga. 400.

"We want to be creative and try to get the interest of some of the quality developers who are looking at this type of development that will be cost-effective on their part and certainly be where people can afford to come live and work," he said.

According to the addendum, the goal of any multiple use district would be "a self-contained community that would provide for all of the district needs or be adjacent or closely located to all of the district needs in order to diminish vehicular traffic."

Multiple use districts also must be served by public water and sewer and have a storm water system.

In addition, those who live in such developments will be required to pay a monthly $85 residential services fee, collected as general funds for the city.

Those who don't pay could lose water and sewer service.

Also Tuesday, the council approved water restrictions that match those of the state.

The restrictions allow the use of drip irrigation and soaker hoses for one hour between midnight and 10 a.m. on alternating days of the week.

Those who live at odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while those who live at even-numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.