City Council Wrap Up – March 9, 2020

City Council Tucker’s Mayor and City Council gathered Monday night for a work session and regular called meeting. The major action item of the night saw Council vote unanimously to approve a rezoning and two concurrent variances for a 99,000 square foot commercial center at the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The development, which was brought before Council by Branch Acquisition Company, LLC, will take the parcel from a light industrial zoning designation to a general commercial designation. It calls for a public art component, as well as a grocery store and restaurants.

There were two other items on which Council took action. The first was unanimous approval of a resolution of need for the establishment of an Urban Redevelopment Authority. This body would serve as an economic development tool for rejuvenation of blighted or run-down properties in the City. The second item was the approval of a contract for a Lawrenceville Highway corridor study. The study will look at traffic and pedestrian improvements, both short-term and long-term, from Cofer Crossing to the intersection of Lawrenceville and Hugh Howell. Council voted to give the contract to consultant VHB for $57,250.

The last legislative item was a public hearing for a text amendment to the City zoning ordinance. The proposed amendment would bring about reform to a number of issues, including use regulations for CBD, vape shops, and car washes, as well as regulations for gravel driveways, and parking of RVs and trailers. It would also replace the City’s Community Council with a new community input process and expand the City’s Planning Commission from five members to seven members. This was only a first read, meaning no formal action was taken.

Earlier in the evening, Mayor Auman recognized the 2020 graduating class of the University of Government Affairs at Tucker. These community members went through a six-month hands-on learning process to get to know the inner workings of their city government. The 2021 class is slated to begin this fall.

The next City Council meeting will be March 23 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).

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