Norcross OKs controversial rezoning

NORCROSS - By a vote of 4-1 Monday night, the Norcross City Council approved the rezoning of several parcels of land along Beaver Ruin Road. The rezoning of the four parcels was on Monday night's agenda under rezoning matter RZ 05-223. The developer, Alan Mendenhall, had been before council for this rezoning, but in light of sewer issues, it was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Board.

Originally asking to be allowed to build 141 townhomes under RM-10 zoning, Mendenhall got a recommendation of denial from the city's Planning Commission. When Councilman Bruce Smith asked why the commission recommended denial, he was told they did not want another townhome development.

Mendenhall said his new plan is to build 90 single-family detached homes with greenspace.

"I'm trying to establish a consistent gateway to the city down Beaver Ruin Road," Mendenhall said. "The zoning down this corridor is choppy."

Mendenhall's request is considered controversial since his current plan for development was not presented to Planning and Zoning.

"I have a hard time with this because the process is being bypassed. Tonight is the first time city staff has even seen this plan. Isn't that what the P&Z board is for?" Norcross resident Chuck Cimarik asked.

After further discussion, councilman Mike Lovelady made a motion to approve RM-8 zoning with conditions governing architectural design, variances, entrances and other elements.

Mendenhall estimates that the homes in this development will be priced from the high $200,000 to the low $300,000 range.

Police Department

employees recognized

Leisa Grace, Mark Gibbs and Craig Jordan were recognized by Mayor Lillian Webb on Monday night for 10 years of service to the city.