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Sugar Hill considers commercial rezoning

SUGAR HILL -- Commerce near the intersection of Ga. Highway 20 and Suwanee Dam Road in Sugar Hill got a boost several years ago when the city's only Kroger opened.

Soon another commercial interest might come about there, too.

The Sugar Hill City Council, at its monthly work session Monday, agreed to consider a residence's annexation and rezoning to general business designation, after the city's Planning and Zoning department reviews the request.

The council said it would consider the January application of property owner David Horne to convert his half-acre residence at 492 Riverside Road to an insurance agency. The business potentially would enhance the area's burgeoning commercial profile, one that already includes the Kroger amid its new shopping center, as well as a long-existing Publix center across Suwanee Dam.

The city previously approved a McDonald's relocation and modernization from its outparcel in the Publix center to one in the Kroger center.

Separately, the council heard homeowner Benjamin Roberts' request to build a backyard fence partially in a drainage easement at his home at 6527 Barker Station Walk, in The Park at Barrington subdivision. Roberts asked the council to modify its standard agreement to allow less than the standard 5-foot access easement.

The council has allowed similar wooden fences in drainage easements, provided residents add a gate or otherwise allow the city access to storm drains.