|City Council lifts the moratorium on business |
permits, licenses, etc.
The highlights of the meeting included the lifting of the moratorium on building permits, business licenses, etc. that have been frozen since May 1. Everyone in the room was excited to see this business stifling moratorium lifted. It is expected that the county will begin processing permits on behalf of the city today.
The other major item was the introduction and distribution of an application to be on the Zoning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals. The Mayor assured the audience that zoning would be done differently than in other cities. The commission and appeals board are not to be political appointments but rather a citizen panel of qualified people with the best interest of the city at heart. The Mayor promised broad representation from across Peachtree Corners. The application is due on August 4th. Click Here to download a copy.
The very last thing addressed by the council was a matter of litigation. Apparently, a billboard company wanted to install a billboard on Peachtree Parkway near the Forum and is suing Gwinnett for some supposed procedural violation due to the moratorium. I will not pretend to understand the legalese involved. Bottom line is that the city has retained legal counsel to assist in dealing with this pending lawsuit.
Most of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing phrases and wording in various ordinances and agreements. The council and lawyers tweaked little phrases and parts of ordinances in use at Gwinnett before they were adopted by the city. It was detailed and tedious.