City Council Wrap-Up December 10, 2018

 Unknown Image Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held their lone December meeting Monday night at the City Hall Annex, concluding their 2018 meeting schedule.

Council was scheduled to hold three public hearings and cast two votes on land use issues. One vote, on a Comprehensive Plan amendment and rezoning for a proposed townhome development on Fuller Way, was deferred. There will be a public hearing and expected vote on that issue at the Council’s next meeting on January 14.

The second vote was on a pair of special land use permits (SLUPs) to allow for a church and private school on 43 acres at 6015 Old Stone Mountain Road. Those SLUPs were approved unanimously.

Council then held a public hearing on a proposed text amendment to the City Zoning Ordinance. This would be a series of small changes to the Zoning Ordinance largely intended to bring it into accord with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was passed earlier this year. This was a first read, meaning no actual vote was taken. A second read and vote are scheduled for January 14.

Earlier in the meeting, Council held a first read of an ordinance to amend the Fiscal Year ’19 budget. This is due in large part to unexpectedly high revenues. They also held a first read on an ordinance that would severely limit donation “dropboxes” in the City. The ordinance would seek to follow the trend of other jurisdictions who have banned or limited these receptacles, which often attract significant amounts of garbage. Both these issues will have second reads and anticipated votes on January 14.

Council also approved a moratorium on new ground level signage. This moratorium coincides with the City’s sign ordinance and overlay rewrite process. The moratorium will be lifted when a new sign code is  adopted, likely in May.

There was also a presentation of recommendations from the Trails Master Plan. Consultants from KAIZEN Collaborative and the PATH Foundation have devised a 32-mile path system to go throughout Tucker. Because of cost and other factors, this is a long-term project that will be completed in phases. More details are available at www.tuckerga.gov/plans.

Barring a special called meeting, Tucker’s City Council is done with business until 2019. Their first meeting of the new year will happen January 14 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex.

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