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Sugar Hill annexes land for offices in 3-2 vote

SUGAR HILL - Residents will see a 34,000-square-foot office complex rise on 4.28 acres along Ga. Highway 20 between Arbor View and Sugar Ridge.

Two city councilmen voted against the annexation and rezoning Monday because it does not comply with Sugar Hill's recently adopted land-use plan.

Plans show three two-story office buildings constructed of four-sides brick with pitched roofs. There will be a single access to Ga. 20 with a sidewalk along the front of the complex. The property backs up to Sugar Ridge subdivision.

Sugar Hill's land-use plan shows the area as low-density residential, as does Gwinnett County's 2020 land-use plan. That category permits one to three houses per acre.

City Councilmen voted 3-2 to annex the acreage and rezone it from residential to office/industrial. Councilmen Clint Thompson and Nick Thompson cast the two nay votes.

"We spent a lot of time

on this land-use plan and it doesn't complement the plan," Clint Thompson said.

In other business:

City Manager Bob Hail introduced the proposed 2007 budget. The budget is balanced at $23 million and includes expenditures to begin constructing a 49-acre park at Austin Garner Road that will include a gymnasium and a stage, raising the police patrols from 80 hours per week to 100, sidewalk construction and a second natural gas take point that will serve customers if one take point fails.

The council will vote on the proposed budget at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 20 in the City Hall annex.

West Broad Street

improvement meeting

An open house to discuss improvements to West Broad Street will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the Community Center on Church Street. Officials will present the final plan review prior to beginning the engineering design and right-of-way requirements.