Peachtree Corners creates Downtown Development Authority

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- The mayor and City Council created a Downtown Development Authority after a vote during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The creation of the DDA came as a result of the city agreeing to buy the 20.6 acres of land across The Forum by Peachtree Corners Circle and Ga. Highway 141.

"It's really exciting," Mayor Mike Mason said. "We were informed yesterday that the original investor declined to go further with the purchase and we were now in the first position."

With that, the City Council approved for $190,000 of earnest money be used to pay Lenar Corporation for the land.

The City Council also approved an agreement with Gwinnett County on ad valorem collection and billing.

The council approved the agreement, which states the tax commissioner will be responsible to collect the taxes and disburse the amount collected to the city each week not to exceed 2 percent.

"They'll collect our taxes and bill us what it costs them to do the job," City Manager Julian Jackson said. "It's a whole lot less than a person would cost."

Other items on the agenda included:

-- A first read on a permit to allow an addition of a crematory at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home.

-- A first read on an ordinance to establish a document on soil erosion, sedementation and pollution control.

-- A first read on an ordinance to amend Chapter 6 (alcoholic beverages) of the code of the city of Peachtree Corners to amend certain definitions to allow certain types of establishments to sell various types of alcohol.