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Snellville creates townhouse zoning

SNELLVILLE - Following Gwinnett county's lead, the Snellville City Council approved a new townhouse zoning designation: R-TH.

City planning director Jessica Roth was quick to point out that "no changes are made to the city's zoning map as a result of this."

The R-TH zoning specifications are, according to Roth, stricter than Gwinnett's as far as architectural standards, height restrictions, minimum square footage requirements, etc. The maximum density allowed under this zoning is eight units per acre. The text amendments to the city zoning ordinance which add the townhouse zoning designation were approved by the mayor and council by a vote of 4-1.

Councilman Robert Jenkins cast the only dissenting vote, saying that "the city of Snellville is known for single-family development. Townhomes do not fit the way of life that Snellville citizens want. Traffic is already a problem, and our schools are overcrowded. This zoning will just add to these burdens."

Tree Lane Professional Center to add more parking

By unanimous vote, the mayor and council Monday night approved the rezoning of 1.14 acres at Tree Lane and New Hampton Drive to add additional parking for the Tree Lane Professional Center. The land, previously zoned Low Density Residential, will be developed to add an additional 58 parking spaces.

An attorney representing homeowners in Surrey Farms objected to the rezoning, stating that people who bought lots in Surrey Farms had the expectation of the land beside them remaining zoned Low Density Residential. They do not want a parking lot so close to their homes, the attorney said. One hundred of the 118 lots in Surrey Farms have never been developed by the owners' choice.

Councilman urges citizens to vote

Councilman Robert Jenkins took a moment Monday night to urge Snellville citizens to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Three council seats will be decided in the upcoming election. Nov. 4 is the last day for citizens to cast absentee ballots.