Norcross leaders postpone Family Dollar rezoning

NORCROSS -- Before a packed house Monday evening, Norcross City Council members voted to table the decision regarding a rezoning request for a Family Dollar store. The property to be rezoned, located at 2570 Beaver Ruin Road, is situated at the corner of Beaver Ruin Road and Light Circle. The vote was tabled because of a change in the proposed site plan, which now includes annexation of an adjacent property, by Family Dollar and the developer.

Residents from surrounding neighborhoods turned out in numbers Monday to speak in opposition of the rezoning from Office/Industrial use to Commercial use. Gary Grimes addressed Mayor Bucky Johnson and the council, representing homeowners along Light Circle. Grimes stated that there are already water runoff problems with those homes, and adding more impervious surface to the area would only make the problem worse. "You're going to drown us. You'll flood us," if the project moves forward, Grimes told the panel.

Other residents voiced concerns about traffic safety, student safety (Summerour Middle School is located very close to the proposed site) and the fact that the plan does not comply with the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Norcross' Planning and Zoning Board has already denied the rezoning based on the Comp Plan alone.

According to Norcross City Planner Chris McCrary, the new proposal will have to pass through the proper review channels again, meaning that the city council will not hear the matter again in a public hearing until April, at the earliest.Annexations approvedThree annexations were approved Monday, properties that presented "holes inside the city from de-annexation years ago," according to McCrary. The property owners had requested de-annexation because of previously existing alcohol sales regulations in Norcross.

The annexations include 5955 Jimmy Carter Blvd, 3066 Reps Miller Road (not previously a Norcross property) and 5390 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.

Plans will also move forward to annex what is known as the Beaver Ruin office park peninsula --roughly an area surrounded by Bolton Circle, Satellite Boulevard and Beaver Ruin Road.