An amendment to an agreement between Flowery Branch and Buford exchanges two sewer service areas between the cities.
“The current service delivery strategy for sewer is simply an agreement between the two governments to serve various areas not necessarily within the city,” Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew said at Thursday’s council meeting. “So the current service delivery strategy area does not allow Buford to serve this (annexed property) with sewer.”
Buford officials are offering sewer service to that city’s recently annexed parcels along Atlanta Highway and Gaines Ferry; in return, Flowery Branch would provide service to its annexed properties east and south of McEver and Gaines Ferry roads.
Since those properties are already annexed into Buford, Flowery Branch is not losing any taxes associated with those parcels.
The original sewer service delivery agreement was created in 2004, prior to these annexations.
Andrew said the area along McEver and Gaines Ferry was ripe for development, particularly with construction of the nearby Cinnamon Cove sewer line.
“I’ve driven out there quite a bit the last few days and there is definitely some property in here that (could) be commercial,” Andrew said.
The amendment was unanimously approved, with Councilman Damon Gibbs absent; Buford council members must still vote on the matter, according to Andrew.