Norcross selected as Tree City USA for third year

Carole Townsend

Staff Correspondent

NORCROSS - For the third year in a row, Norcross has been named Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Cities must fulfill four requirements to earn this distinction: establish a tree board, secure a tree care ordinance, institute a community forestry program and hold an Arbor Day observance.

A tree will be planted in South Point Park at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 to observe Arbor Day and to commemorate this year's distinction.

Autry Street rezoning approved

Three lots on Autry Street have been rezoned from low density residential housing to low-medium residential housing. Petitioner Miller Lowry requested the R-65 zoning to accommodate nine houses he hoped to build on the 2.6 acres. Lowry also requested that the lot widths be reduced from 65 feet to 57 feet in order to fit the 9 houses on the property.

Jennifer Peterson, the city's Community Development Director, said her department would not support the lot width variance since there are no topographical conditions to necessitate it.

Council members voted to approve the rezoning, but they did not approve the 57-foot lot widths. Instead, as suggested by councilman David McLeroy, seven lots will have a 65-foot width, and one lot will be allowed to have a 58-foot width. The rezoning, along with the variance on one lot, will allow room for eight houses.

"I think this will be a great addition to the city of Norcross and to this area," Lowry said.