Dacula sees record number of permits

DACULA - According to Joey Murphy, the Dacula city planner, his department issued more commercial development permits during the last week of April than Gwinnett County did for the entire month. "We're getting a good balance of commercial and residential development in the city now," Murphy said.

This record is indicative of recent growth seen in and around the city, including the Town Center development.

Council votes to proceed with annexation

City council members decided Thursday to waive the survey and associated fee for a 90-acre tract to be annexed into Dacula. The property belongs to mayor Jimmy Wilbanks' mother and cousin. Wilbanks recused himself from the proceedings to avoid a potential conflict of interest in the matter.

This is the second time the question of the survey and who is responsible for payment has been on the city council meeting agenda. According to city attorney Dennis Still, a survey is not required for annexation of this property to take place.

Stanley Road, Elvina Court improvements

Council members Thursday gave the go-ahead for city representatives to enter into a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for $24,516.40. These funds will be used for leveling, resurfacing and striping on Stanley Road and Elvina Court.

Informational meetings upcoming

City administrator Jim Osborn and staff will meet with Freeman Mill and Franklin Drive residents about an upcoming road-widening project. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in city hall.

Murphy and other city staff will meet with all city residents for public input on the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan steering committee also will be on hand at this meeting. The meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. May 20 in city hall.