SUWANEE -- Two rezoning approvals were passed at Suwanee's monthly council meeting, one that could spur the housing market, and another for a facility to help adults with autism.
For the third straight year, the city of Suwanee lowered its millage rate, this time thanks to the Service Delivery Settlement with Gwinnett County.
The City Council made it official on Tuesday that Suwanee's millage rate would be 4.93 or $426 for a home owner of a median-priced home of $216,200 in the city, city manager Marty Allen said.
The city lowered the millage rate by .72 mills, the same amount it received from the county -- $642,429 -- after the SDS dispute was settled in March.
For the second straight year, Suwanee Junction has requested a rezoning to construct single family homes instead of town homes. Last year, the Council approved a one acre area at the intersection of Village Field Court and Lassen Court. Six homes were built as detached, single family units, and five have sold since then.
This time, the area is across the street, at Village Field Place and Lassen Court, and the conversion is 24 town homes to 12 single family homes, which the Council approved of.
The Council also approved a rezoning request of a couple who moved to Suwanee from Grayson last year. Mary and Michael O'Connell plan to open a facility for adults with autism to develop life skills by learning to do things like grow a garden, Mary O'Connell said.
The zoning was to allow a personal care home within a single family residence.
Mary O'Connell, who taught autism in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 17 years, said they hope to open the facility in mid-October with four clients.
"It's a matter of you watch the students that you have grow, work so hard, and then you see them when they get to be 22, and there's nothing for them to do," she said.
O'Connell added that there was a void in Gwinnett County for a facility and services for this segment of the population.
The Council also awarded a contract to the Brickman Group for the Interstate 85 landscaping project. The project includes installing hardscape and sidewalks along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and maintenance for a year.
The Council also approved alcohol licenses for the Gulf Coast Grill and Suwanee Pizza Tavern. Kristal Holmes was appointed to fill the vacant solicitor position.