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What’s on the agenda tonight for city council, planning commission meetings
Perimeter Road developments, impact fees and TSPLOST projects among items
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Proposed Perimeter Road development

The Dawsonville City Council tonight will hold a second hearing on a request to annex and rezone property at the corner of Allen Street and Perimeter Road where a 53-home subdivision is planned.

Applicants Michael Turner and Myles Montgomery are petitioning to annex into the city limits 11.407 acres and rezone to R-3, or single family residential with a density of three units per acre, as well as rezone another 2.768 acres already in the city from light industrial to R-3.


The applicants also asked for a variance of 3.74 units per acre as opposed to the standard three. The variance was approved by the planning commission Oct. 8, with conditions and contingent upon the city council approving the annexation and rezoning.


If passed by city council the annex and rezone would allow the subdivision to be constructed on a combined 14.175 acres.


The council is also expected to address a letter of objection from the Dawson County Board of Commissioners regarding the application.


In a 3-1 vote Oct. 18, the BOC decided to send a letter of objection to the city in regards to the pending annexation and rezoning request. The letter, written by County Attorney Lynn Frey, states that  “these increased residential use densities would differ from and be inconsistent with the County’s land use resolution” and that it appears annexation of the parcels “might create an unincorporated island, to which the county objects.”

Consideration of impact fee study

The council will also be hearing an impact fee study proposal by Bill Ross of Ross and Associates. Ross conducted an impact fee study for the county, and the BOC voted in August to reinstate the fees, which are one-time fees collected on new developments during the building permit process that are intended to help offset the costs of capital improvements and services.

If implemented, the fees collected by the city could help fund capital improvement projects in the categories of parks and recreation and road improvements.

Consideration of TSPLOST projects

The city council will review a potential list of projects that could be funded by TSPLOST, or a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, if approved by county voters in March.

County and city officials met a few times in October to discuss the tax, which cannot be taken to voters until a project list is nailed down.

The city’s list of projects currently includes repaving Main Street, Maple Street, Jack Heard Road and Stegal Place as well as placing roundabouts at Perimeter Road and Hwy. 9 N, at Hwy. 53 and Allen Street at the Dairy Queen, at Perimeter Road and Hwy. 9 S, at Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 53 in front of Grace Presbyterian and at Hwy. 53 and Howser Mill Road at the Dollar General.

Proposed joint projects with the county include resurfacing Perimeter Road, repaving JC Burt Road, repaving Robinson Road, Elliott Village and George’s Place, resurfacing Howser Mill Road, extending Perimeter Road (to bypass the city), paving Shoal Creek Road and replacing the bridge and paving Gold Mine Road.

Items on the county’s proposed project list include widening and rehabilitating Shoal Creek Road as well as replacing the bridge; rehabilitating and widening Dogwood Lane and Nightfire Drive in the Chestatee subdivision; improving the Lumpkin Campground Road corridor; widening Elliott Road as well as funding the existing asset road improvement program.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines said in October that the potential revenue for a TSPLOST at one cent over five years is $50 million.

Also on the agenda tonight, the council will hold a final reading and vote on a revised speed zone ordinance as well as be presented with updates to the city zoning ordinance and business license ordinance, which will be up for a vote Dec. 3.

The city council meeting will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the second floor meeting room at city hall. Meetings are also live streamed on the city’s Facebook page.

Planning Commission

The Dawsonville Planning Commission on Nov. 5 will hear a site plan change for another development on Perimeter Road. They will hear from applicants requesting changes to a 32.6 acre development at the corner of Perimeter Road and Hwy. 9 S.

Current plans show a large residential development with a smaller commercial portion at the outside corner of the lot, where a horse pasture is currently.  

The current zoning for the Planned Unit Development, or PUD, was approved in 2006 with a plan for 123 housing units at a density of 3.34 units per acre. The applicant, Fall Leaf Residential LLC, is asking for a new density of 3.25 units per acre and a reduction to 102 units.

The applicant has also requested to retain an originally approved 70-foot front lot line instead of an increase to the current 75-foot standard and will be providing 19 percent open space with amenities to include a small park with a playground.

City planning staff have recommended approval of the request. The planning commission meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the second floor meeting room at city hall. Meetings are also live streamed on the city’s Facebook page.

The city council will also hear the request at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.