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Peachtree Corners tables amendment on readings to pass an ordinance

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- The city of Peachtree Corners voted to table an amendment on the number of required readings to pass an ordinance during Tuesday's city council meeting.

The requirement is for there to be two readings, with the first being for informational purposes, while the second is where public comments are received.

"The second reading is where the presentation is made and where we get public comments," said city planning director Diane Wheeler. "What we really want them to do is to come to give their input at the planning commission meetings so that we take that into consideration before presenting it to council."

When council asked to amend the ordinance, city attorney William Riley cautioned them against doing so as it could put the city in a legal mess.

"We're required by law to advertise three weeks prior," he said. "I caution you to amend and approve as it creates a legal headache. You can either vote to approve as is or choose to table the discussion.

"The issue you run into when you table the discussion is you have to take action within a certain time frame. When you don't, you have to start the process all over."

Mayor Mike Mason said either way, the city was going to have to start from the beginning because if they approved the ordinance and needed to amend the ordinance down the road, they would have to go through the same process.

"Either way, we're going to have to re-advertise this for three weeks no matter what we do," Mason said. "Our city attorney has advised us not to amend this ordinance, so I don't think that's the route we should go."

In the end, the council voted to table the discussion and move on it when the proper language for the ordinance is fully discussed and agreed upon.

Other items discussed include:

• An update on the 2014 SPLOST, which is still in its initial planning stages. As it stands, no projects are on the docket as of yet, but it will be an ongoing process over the next few months, according to city manager Julian Jackson.

• A resolution was approved to request the local legislative delegation to introduce a law authorizing the city to have redevelopment powers pursuant to the redevelopment powers law.