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Dacula adopts design ordinance

DACULA - In a move aimed at streamlining the zoning process in Dacula, city leaders adopted an Architectural and Design Standards ordinance Thursday. The new guidelines, which apply to all new commercial, industrial and multi-family residential projects, will enhance sustainability and longevity of developments in the city.

Building design features such as facades, lighting, roofline pitch and other aesthetic characteristics are specified in the new ordinance. According to mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, the specifics of the ordinance are not intended to create a development theme in the city, but to create a consistent, traditional architectural identity.

City planner Joey Murphy said the new ordinance is available for review upon request in City Hall.

New fines set

City Marshal Steve Cline presented to Wilbanks and City Council members Thursday an updated schedule of fines for violations committed within Dacula. According to Cline and city attorney Dennis Still, the updated schedule is patterned after Lawrenceville's fine schedule.

This action is the first update since June 1998, when the fines were also readjusted based on Lawrenceville's.

Both city ordinance violations and legal infractions are addressed in the current schedule of fines.