NORCROSS -- With a unanimous 4-0 vote Monday night, Norcross city council members voted against rezoning the property located at 2570 Beaver Ruin Road from Office and Industrial use to Commercial use. The move, if approved, would have paved the way for Family Dollar to build a store next to residential properties and near schools.
The rezoning and related annexation of property at 5275 Light Circle are matters that have been heard and postponed by council members in an attempt to find Family Dollar more time to meet city and property owner requirements. In the same council meeting Monday, the annexation was approved, and the zoning will remain R-75 residential.
The city's Planning and Zoning Department had recommended denial of the plan to build a Family Dollar at that location, citing inconsistency with Norcross' Land-use Map. Several nearby residents also spoke out against the proposed plan, with traffic safety, pedestrian and student safety, and stormwater runoff all mentioned as reasons for the opposition.
Homeowner Gerry Grimes, representing homeowners from the Light Circle area as well as the Creekside neighborhood, stated that setting a spot zoning precedent would be dangerous in Norcross. Grimes also likened Beaver Ruin Road to the "living, breathing ulcer" that is Buford Highway.
Atlanta Regional Commission presents plan
ARC Senior Principal Planner John Orr was on hand Monday to talk about the upcoming July 31 Transportation Investment Act referendum. The 10-year, one-cent sales tax, according to Orr, if approved will generate much-needed funds for metro Atlanta's aging infrastructure. Currently, Orr stated that Atlanta is 9th in traffic congestion nationwide but ranks 48th in transportation spending.
Hallie McClendon honored, two officers sworn in
Hallie McClendon, 37-year-employee of the city of Norcross, was honored Monday evening with a proclamation commemorating her service to the Norcross Housing Authority. Also on Monday, police officers Victor Pinero and Berhard Hill, Jr., were sworn into duty.
"It's not an easy task to become a Norcross police officer," said Chief Warren Summers as he welcomed the two men on board.