Dacula OKs another year with Partnership Gwinnett

DACULA - City Council members voted Thursday to include $4,500 in next year's budget for participation in Partnership Gwinnett, the county's economic development plan designed to create more than 65,000 new jobs and $5.8 billion in new net wealth in Gwinnett over the next five years.

"Partnership Gwinnett has brought a lot of businesses into the county this year - none in this area yet, but they have lofty goals and are reaching many of them," said Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks. Councilman Tim Montgomery commented that, although no new businesses have located in Dacula yet as a result of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative, any new jobs in Gwinnett benefit Dacula residents.

Rezoning, special-use permit approved

A rezoning of .78 acres near U.S. Highway 29 and Franklin Drive was approved Thursday. The new zoning designation for the parcel is C-2 (general business district). The action will combine that parcel of land with the adjoining 2.38 acres and an additional 1.6 acre site.

The existing commercial structure is currently undergoing renovation to be used as an Ace Hardware store. The special-use permit allows for an outdoor display area and storage area.

City will re-apply for annexation

City leaders agreed Thursday to re-apply for annexation of about 90 acres into the city. The original annexation application was dismissed during a Sept. 29 arbitration with Gwinnett County as the result of procedural errors made by the city. The property belongs to Wilbanks' mother and cousin.