Annexation OK'd; rezoning nixed

LOGANVILLE - One of several rezoning considerations heard during Thursday night's City Council meeting became heated, with the annexation and rezoning request by landowner Billy Green eventually being withdrawn.

Steve Fielden of Key Builders Inc. represented Green when he requested the city annex 29.96 acres at 3520 Ga. Highway 78 (near the city ball fields), then rezone the property to accommodate a retail shopping center and townhomes.

Mayor Tim Barron told Fielden the city could not guarantee water and sewer service to the property.

Green said he was under the impression he has had an agreement with Loganville since 1986 stating that he can tap into city water service any time he


"If I have a water line right there in front of my property that I can't use, somebody is going to owe me some money," Green said.

The vote on annexation was a tie, with Barron casting the deciding vote in favor of annexing the property. The RM-8 rezoning, which would allow townhomes, was denied. Barron cast that deciding vote, too, when the Council vote was a tie.

Councilman Chuck Bagley expressed his concern over the additional traffic the townhomes would bring to Twin Lake Road and other roads around the


Fielden said the applicant presented the decision as a whole package, saying, "If you don't want this (development), we respect that, but we don't want the annexation if we can't get the RM-8 zoning."

Since RM-8 was denied, the property would be zoned R-44 (single family detached homes) upon annexation.

Following zoning laws, the Council then voted to de-annex the property, and the applicant has the chance to bring the issue before the Council again.

City tampering policy strengthened

City Manager Bill Jones asked the mayor and Council to include in the city's tampering policy provisions for penalties.

Jones' request was approved, ensuring that anyone who makes unauthorized use of city property, services or water will receive a citation from either the city's code enforcement officer or city police.