Peachtree Corners zoning ordinance reviewed at special-called meeting

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- As changes continue to take effect in Peachtree Corners, the mayor and city council continue to gradually get everything up and running through a series of special-called meetings.

Tuesday was no different as a meeting was called for a presentation of an overview of the zoning ordinance, including changes, as well as multiple other items on the agenda.

The changes in the zoning ordinance, which for the most part adopted Gwinnett County's zoning ordinance, with three differences with the major one being changing the ordinance to adapt to sexually oriented businesses.

"You can regulate the time, place and manner they're operated in," city consultant John Kachmar said.

Although the other changes were minor, acting city attorney William F. Riley felt it was important for them to be mentioned.

The entire zoning ordinance can be found on the city's Web site at http://cityofpeachtreecornersga.com.

The council also voted to approve an agreement between Pond and Company and the city for community development liason services. However, there were a few snags hit before its approval.

After Mayor Mike Mason called for motions to approve the agreement, council members raised concerns over the language of the contract and their concerns over early termination from either side.

Kachmar told the council that if they were going to not use them at the end of the contract (Dec. 31), they had to let the company know by Nov. 30, basically "to do the right thing."

"If we feel we can move onto the next step, can we terminate them early or can they terminate us early for non-cause?" councilman Phill Sadd said.Kachmar told the council they could, but the company also had the ability to do the same on their side (he thought), although he didn't see it stated in the new contract.

"The attorneys were working on it, and that's a change they made," he said.

In other business:

The council also moved to go forward with the release for a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Tax Anticipation Note. The note, which will be issued at $500,000 will be paid back by Dec. 31. "It's working capital for the city and will help the city conduct business until property tax revenues start coming in," Kachmar said.