clear
Saturday May 28th, 2016 6:29PM

Flowery Branch looks at waiving annexation fees

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
FLOWERY BRANCH - An ordinance amendment aimed at expanding the city's tax base got first reading approval from Flowery Branch City Council Thursday night.

Planning and Community Development Director John McHenry says giving the City Manager the option of waiving the annexation application fee would promote economic growth.

"The City definitely wants work with bringing good commercial properties in," McHenry said. "That's part of our growth, it's part of the comprehensive plan and its part of what we're doing with the redevelopment plan; it makes sense."

McHenry said the City Manager could decide if it was in the city's interest to waive fees but it does not uniformly apply to all businesses.

"The annexation fee is $500 and the rezoning fee is $500," McHenry added. "The rezoning fee was able to be waived in the past."

The annexation process is set up by state law to define the process and public hearing requirements and the fee schedule is part of a local city ordinance which Council can modify.

The amendment states that there are parcels the city may want to incorporate to further long term economic goals and waiving the annexation fee could allow the properties to annex.

MAYOR MILLER LOOKS AHEAD

Mayor Mike Miller emerged from the first council meeting since his Tuesday re-election saying voters felt the city is headed in the right direction without the dissention and in-fighting that marked past mayor and council conduct. Miller won a second term and so did council members Tara and Fred Richards.

"We disagree on topics but we work it out and once it comes to a vote we've worked out our differences and there's none of the public spectacles that we've had in the past," Mayor Miller said.

Miller believes the city's main goal is improving historic downtown.

"Our biggest thing is downtown, getting it redeveloped and getting some infrastructure issues taken care of down here" Miller said. "We want to get some streets cut through and we want to implement our redevelopment plan which we'll probably adopt next month."
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 2 years ago )
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 2 years ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage; 409K in Ga.
About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.
7:30AM ( 2 years ago )
Vandals spray graffiti against Kerry in West Bank
Suspected Jewish vandals set fire to three vehicles in a West Bank village early on Tuesday and sprayed threatening graffiti referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his expected visit to the region, police said.
7:28AM ( 2 years ago )
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.
2:23PM ( 2 years ago )
Politics
Four people arrested after Hall drug agents uncover meth lab
A small methamphetamine lab was found in the crawl space of a house in North Hall and arrested four people.
6:00PM ( 29 minutes ago )
GDOT approves location, design for new I-985 interchange in South Hall
​The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the location and design of a new interchange on I-985 in South Hall which will include a new, four-lane connector road.
2:00PM ( 4 hours ago )
Commerce Police ask for help ID'ing suspect in strong armed robbery
According to the Commerce Police Department FaceBook page, a strong-arm robbery took place Friday night at the Flying J on Highway 98 at I-85.
By AccessWDUN staff
1:21PM ( 5 hours ago )
Drought conditions worsen, now cover all of north Georgia
​Drought conditions in Georgia continue to worsen and now encompass all of north Georgia.
11:58AM ( 6 hours ago )
Collins reflects on campaign, looks ahead
​A couple of days after an outright win in the general primary in which he avoided a runoff by a wide margin, U.S. Representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, said he was glad the week was drawing to a close.
10:00AM ( 8 hours ago )