Lilburn council to look at infill district zoning requirements

LILBURN - A rezoning request at Monday's Lilburn City Council meeting resulted in the council approving a 60-day moratorium for the city's residential infill district zoning classification.

The request from MHC Development to rezone three parcels on Church Street near Main Street from residential to the R-ID zoning to build 20 single-family homes is the first such request within the Lilburn's downtown redevelopment area.

"We want to get this right," council member Eddie Price said. "We want the (R-ID) to be a good fit with the area."

MHC has requested the use of building materials such as hardy plank to fit with the look and feel of the older, craftsman-style neighborhood. However, the R-ID ordinance specifies only four-side-brick homes can be built.

"We have some concerns with the specifications in the ordinance for exterior treatments," Price said. "We want to encourage builders to fit their new development in with the older homes and keep the historical feel of the neighborhood."

The R-ID zoning was approved two years ago and allows for smaller land lots if the development is less than 10-acres and located on a major or minor arterial or connector.

"The R-ID calls for four-side brick," Price said. "Although that was supposed to make sure we had quality development, I think it is counter to what we were looking for with our downtown area."

The council tabled MHC's rezoning request until the next meeting and requested the city's Planning Commission review the ordinance and suggest alternate language for exterior surfaces.

MHC's rezoning request was submitted prior to the moratorium, so the council will hear the rezoning request next month. However, if the rezoning is approved, MHC will have to wait until the moratorium is lifted to request a development permit.

Lilburn honors

longtime resident

The Lilburn City Council also honored longtime resident and business owner James Cole by proclaiming Monday James Cole Appreciation Day in the city.

"(Cole) has been a good friend to all of us," said Charles Bannister, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman and former Lilburn Mayor. "I am glad everyone appreciates all you have done for this community."

Bannister read the proclamation noting Cole's contributions to the city, including allowing the Lilburn Police Department free use of cars from his lot for undercover work, providing food baskets and Christmas presents anonymously to needy families within the city, purchasing medical equipment for residents in need and working with the Lilburn volunteer firefighters.

"When the Lilburn Police Department first started up, they didn't have enough money to pay for gas," council member Ken Swaim said. "You know who supplied it to them free of charge? (Cole) did."