The last regular meeting of the year for the Norcross City Council was held Monday and brought some in-depth discussions on a few public hearings.
The major topic of the evening was the rezoning of a planned residential development along Thrasher Street and Williams Street from R-100 to RM-6, which passed the council with three votes. Councilman Ross Kaul voted against the rezoning, and Councilman David McLeroy abstained from voting.
The developer, Aycock Properties, aims to build six single-family homes and a common greenspace area on a 1-acre lot.
Some neighbors, particularly from the Colonel Jones Park Subdivision next door, came forward with concerns. Residents asked about keeping the trees and possibly having a bird sanctuary, and the developers assured that they would try to keep as many trees as possible. Traffic was also an concern, but it was assured that the property's greenspace will not provide through-traffic.
One resident pointed out that there are plenty of other lots to build homes, such as the unfinished Seven Norcross Flats, which the new development is supposed to model after. Another resident brought up the possibility of property values going down considering the close density of the new homes.
Aycock Properties responded with saying that their plans still have to go through the architectural review board and the city, followed by an architectural review approval from the Colonel Jones homeowners association, which the property would be a part of.
"You guys can take a look at our square footages, at our finishes, so we kind of work together," said Jeff Reddick of Aycock. "We want to be in compliance with what you all request to do and also so we don't hurt property values, we actually help them."
The other interesting item was the special use permit for an automotive repair shop on 2360 Beaver Ruin Road. The item was passed 3-2, with councilmen David McLeroy and Craig Newton voting against it.
"We have an overadequate supply of automotive shops," said Newton, echoing his reasoning for voting against a similar public hearing in the November meeting. "It's our job to shape and mold the way the city is. I don't think we need to continue to have too much of one industry, and that's an issue."
The other items that were passed in the evening include:
- Special use permits for a title pawn business at 5865 Jimmy Carter Blvd. and a car wash business at 5345 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
- The rezoning of a parcel of land at 5750 Brook Hollow Pkwy. from C-2 (commercial) to M-1 (light industrial), specifically for billboards only
- The budget resolution for the 2013 fiscal year
- The downtown resurfacing project for asphalt repair
The meeting adjourned in memory of Phil Saunders, a Norcross resident who died recently after battling bladder cancer. Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson read and handed a proclamation to family and friends.
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