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Sugar Hill waives regulations for animal hospital

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

SUGAR HILL -- Pets at Sugar Hill Animal Hospital soon might enjoy more urban quarters but not an upgraded urban view.

The Sugar Hill City Council on Monday night waived two development regulations that would have required curbing in the hospital's future parking lot and sidewalks along Old Cumming Road as part of its addition of a pet hotel. The 18-year-old facility at 5305 Ga. Highway 20 now is free to enlarge itself by its planned 20 percent, but with neither regulation that veterinarian owner West Hamryka argued were cost prohibitive.

The council agreed curbing of the parking lot would impede rainwater runoff and that pedestrian traffic was too little on soon-to-be cul-de-sacced Old Cumming. From their new hotel windows, animals won't see sidewalks unless the Georgia Department of Transportation installs them as part of its planned widening of Ga. 20 in several years.

City Planning Director Kaipo Awana said the waivers were continued evidence of Sugar Hill's flexibility, despite high design standards.

"It shows thoughtfulness and resourcefulness," he said. "(Otherwise) it would have been considerable cost for the hospital."

Separately, the council:

  • Approved fences partially within drainage easements for residents Mitchell Dylan Ross and Christi Grace at 5002 Bathgate Ct., and 5217 Blossom Brook Dr., in the Abingdon Place and Primrose Creek subdivisions, respectively.

  • Approved owner Heidi Smith Price's request to rezone 1.53 acres on North Price Road near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from business to light industrial for construction of an additional office building and small, light metal fabrication shop. Currently, her property at 249 North Price includes a 35-year-old home rezoned for general business 14 years ago.

  • Approved regulation of movies shown by residents in rented outdoor venues E.E. Robinson Park amphitheater, Gary Pirkle Park, the Community Center and the not-yet-completed amenity pond amphitheater on Broad Street downtown. In addition to allowing only G, PG and PG-13 movies and requiring 10 percent of admission fees be shared with the city, showings for more than 250 people must include a minimum of two security officers.