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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

POSTED: April 14, 2014 11:52 p.m.

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

The council voted 4-2 on April 1 to amend an ordinance that had required pawnshops to be separated by 2,500 feet.

The vote comes after Title Max had been prohibited from opening a new location at 719 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW because Georgia Auto Pawn already operates directly across the street.

Title Max had finished renovations on the new location before city officials discovered it was in violation of the ordinance.

When Title Max threatened suit, city officials decided to strip the distance requirement from the ordinance.

Councilwomen Ruth Bruner and Myrtle Figueras voted against the amendment, expressing concerns about the city being overrun with pawnshops.

Meanwhile, the council also is set to approve a zoning ordinance amendment that will allow a Waffle House to be built at Clarks Bridge Road and Limestone Parkway.

The property was rezoned to allow for a restaurant in 2006, and Waffle House officials requested amending a condition that required a pitched roof similar to neighboring residential properties.

Property owner Jeff Lawson is preparing to sell the site to Waffle House, which plans to build an 1,850-square-foot restaurant.

Lawson has said the sale is under contract and should close in a few months. Officials with Waffle House said there is no time frame to begin construction.

Residents of an active-adult community located next to the proposed Waffle House have expressed concerns about the prospect of noise, light pollution and increased traffic associated with the new restaurant.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the municipal courtroom at the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Hall commissioners to hear about budgets next week

Budget presentations for all Hall County departments are scheduled for next week and are open to the public. Check The Times later this week for times and dates.

The Board of Commissioners will get its first look at funding requests as the Finance Department prepares to release the county’s revenue and expenditure projections around May 15.

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:



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