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Dawsonville City Council advances townhome development with non-unanimous vote
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At a meeting of the Dawsonville City Council on Monday night, council members approved a zoning amendment request with a non-unanimous 3-2 vote, allowing the construction of 24 townhomes off Hwy. 9 in Dawsonville. 

In its zoning amendment request, Tanco Investments LLC asked the city to rezone 4.09 acres at 315 Hwy. 9 N and 373 Hwy. 9 N from Highway Business District (HB) to Multiple-Family Residential District (R6), to construct a  townhome development. 

In a previous public hearing at the council’s meeting on Feb. 1, Rachel Burton spoke on behalf of Tanco and explained that the development could consist of 24, 1,260 square foot townhomes. No citizens spoke against the rezoning request at the public hearing. 

The Dawsonville Planning Commission held a public hearing on the rezoning request at its Jan. 11 meeting, and no citizens spoke against the request. Planning Commission members unanimously approved the request on Jan. 11 with several conditions, including adding fenced-in yards, installing evergreens along the fence line, and adding trees and other landscaping items around the units and the development’s sign. 

At the council meeting on Feb. 15, council members Caleb Phillips and Mark French voted in favor of the request, while council members Steve Tolson and John Walden voted against it. Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason broke the tie, voting in favor of the request and passing it 3-2. 

No further discussion was made on the item. 

Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites recognized

Council members also took a moment to recognize Nancy Stites, who served as the coordinator of Family Connection for 15 years and is retiring from her position. 

Council Member Steve Tolson addressed Stites and his fellow council members, expressing his admiration for her impact on the organization and the community. 

“It’s a true privilege to know Ms. Stites, and this organization wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for Ms. Stites’ leadership,” Tolson said. “Nancy, we appreciate you greatly — please know that you are very much appreciated and recognized.” 

Stites in turn thanked the council members for their support. 

“It has been an honor for me to work with this wonderful community,” Stites said. “Family Connection would be nothing without individuals like y’all and the community working with us.” 

The city will present Stites with a plaque as a recognition for her service to the community through Family Connection at a later date.