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3 things to know before Flowery Branch City Council meeting
Will consider golf carts, closing railroad crossing
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The Flowery Branch City Council will present the city’s proposed golf cart ordinance on Thursday, Oct. 4, the result of a survey of residents.

While the council will not vote on the ordinance Thursday, councilmembers will decide whether to close a railroad crossing at Chattahoochee Street and will consider a variance request for a new restaurant on Phil Niekro Boulevard.


Golf cart ordinance

The council will hold the first reading of a new ordinance that would allow people to drive personal transportation vehicles, mostly golf carts, on some public roads.

Councilmembers will vote on the ordinance on Oct. 18, and if passed, the law would go into effect on Nov. 1.

The city posted an online survey from July 10 to Aug. 24 asking residents about golf cart use. Of the 245 respondents, 76 percent said they think golf carts should be legal in Flowery Branch, 33 percent said they currently own one, and 23 percent said they would like to own one.

Golf carts would only be allowed on some roads in the city that have been identified by the Personal Transportation Vehicle Plan, including some neighborhood streets in the Sterling on the Lake subdivision and some streets near downtown Flowery Branch, such as Railroad Avenue. Golf carts would not be allowed on busier roads, like Phil Niekro Boulevard.

Someone would need to be 17 years old and have a license and insurance to drive a golf cart in the city.


Railroad crossing at Chattahoochee Street

The council is set to vote on an ordinance Thursday that would close the railroad crossing at Chattahoochee Street to help with traffic in the area.

Norfolk Southern would pay to remove the crossing from the tracks.

The city hopes that closing railroad crossings will help traffic flow from one side of town to the other.

Flowery Branch currently has three railroad crossings, at Lights Ferry Road, Spring Street and Chattahoochee Street. Those routes lead drivers from downtown to Atlanta Highway.


Burger King on Phil Niekro Boulevard

A Burger King restaurant may be coming to 5840 Phil Niekro Blvd., near the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The existing gas station building would be replaced with a new building that would have a drive-thru restaurant, as well as a convenience store and six gas pumps.

Councilmembers will vote Thursday on a variance that would allow the gas pumps to remain in front of the proposed restaurant and convenience store.

Flowery Branch City Council

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 Pine St.