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Flowery Branch City Council OKs annexing 11-acre parcel

Council feels property on Spout Springs, Old Orr roads is ‘highly developable’

POSTED: January 16, 2014 11:46 p.m.

Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously to annex and rezone four “highly developable” properties on Spout Springs and Old Orr roads during its Thursday night meeting.

The parcel, which is slightly bigger than 11 acres, is perfectly situated for large scale development with area residential growth and the Spout Springs widening project, city staff and council said.

“Sterling (on the Lake) will double in size in the future,” said City Planner John McHenry of the subdivision that is currently zoned for up to 2,000 homes.

“It’s a super attractive area for developers,” said McHenry, referring to the area’s growth potential and the property’s extensive road frontage and visibility.

Only one resident expressed concern to him about traffic, McHenry said, along the road onto which Prince of Peace Catholic Church parishioners are fed as they leave the large campus.

At the Jan. 2 first reading of the proposed ordinances, City Manager Bill Andrew and McHenry noted the feasibility of creating a looping road that would improve traffic flow in the area. An additional traffic light near Sterling on the Lake and the church is also a possibility, Andrew said.

“This (land) is going to be developed,” said McHenry, “but right now there are no current plans for development.”
“I’m very thankful to the owners that came together,” City Councilman Joe Anglin said. “Hopefully it will pay dividends for both the owners and the people of the city.”

Council members also heard an abbreviated overview of the city’s financial audit results presented by Gainesville certified public accountant Wayne Tuck, a partner in Walker and Associates, the firm that conducted the city’s fiscal year 2013 audit.

“We are able to issue an unqualified, unmodified opinion,” said Tuck, noting “this is the first time in years” there were no negative findings in the audit.

Tuck said he believes the audit results are an “accurate indicator of the positive direction a city is heading” financially.

According to Tuck, there has been an increase in city assets and SPLOST revenue, as well as a net increase of $186,000 in the city’s general fund balance. He did note a $19,000 decrease in the net position of the city’s water and sewer fund, which is intended to be self-supporting.

Council also voted unanimously to appoint current city employee Vickie Short as interim city clerk. Former clerk Marja Burney resigned Jan. 9 and declined to comment on her decision to leave the position she had served since her May 2011 hiring.


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