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Policy Work Session Recap: Rezoning for New Homes, Getting Closer on City Signage

A company wants to build six new homes along Thrasher Street and Williams Street in Norcross, and the costs for three gateway signs and digital reader boards are estimated to total $105,000.

While the Norcross City Council had a shorter-than-usual policy work session Monday, many items were still covered on the agenda.

The usual rezoning and special-use permits of businesses were discussed, and the budget for the 2013 fiscal year and the project to resurface some of the downtown roads also were covered.

But the council talked about the following items in detail:

The rezoning of 152 Thrasher Street: Changing from R-100 (single family residential) to RM-6 (multiple residences), the property is aimed to have six homes built with an open space in the middle. Three lots would have driveways on Thrasher Street and the other three would be coming from Williams Street.

The Planning and Zoning Board already has recommended approval for the rezoning, but Norcross City Engineer Jeff Mueller explained during the meeting that there's a small issue with the land size considering the lots. The parcel of land is under 1 acre, which is deemed too small for six proposed homes, according to Mueller.

Mayor Bucky Johnson and the councilmen didn't voice opposition to the item, but Councilman David McLeroy, who lives close to area, said he believes six lots would be too crowded and instead there should be four homes built. He said he had no other complaints, though.

Gateway signage and the downtown digital reader board: The council last tabled this item, which includes large signage and digital boards at three different intersections, in the November city council meeting in order to wait for the total estimated cost of all three signs. After adding up all the costs, the council determined that the estimated total would be around $105,000, but $16,000 would be donated from the Downtown Development Authority and a private business.

While the item is expected to be on the agenda for the December city council meeting, the council noted that they can approve to do all, none or just some of the signage if they wish. The council decided to go ahead and seek bids on each of the three signs.

The council also made some minor adjustments and modifications to the signs, such as the side columns, the wordings and their placements for the Holcomb Bridge and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard proposed gateway signage.

To see all sign sketches and read the entire item, download the November policy work session agenda off the city of Norcross website.

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See also:

  • Norcross Policy Work Session Tonight
  • Norcross City Council Split on Digital Reader Board
  • Should Norcross Replace its Reader Board With a Digital One?

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