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Flowery Branch City Council OKs improvement district
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Flowery Branch City Council gave its blessing Thursday night to the Lanier Islands Parkway Community Improvement District, a self-taxing district that would run along a western portion of Ga. 347 in South Hall County.

Mack Burgess, the district’s director, said the Buford City Commission is now set to vote Monday on the CID. Buford’s OK would clear the way for the organization to move forward with creating a board and setting a tax rate for the district.

The district, which spans from the Lake Lanier Islands resort to just east of Hog Mountain Road, received the Hall County Board of Commissioners’ approval in April.

The plan would be to set the tax rate at 5 mills, which would be levied only on commercial and industrial property owners in the district and would be in addition to property taxes paid now.

In Hall County, 1 mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property values, with property assessed at 40 percent.

The proceeds, combined with grants the CID hopes to receive, would go toward improvements along the corridor.

Among the CID’s plans are “major enhancements” to the Exit 8 bridge over Interstate 985, landscaping and adding “significant decorative lighting and street signage along the parkway,” according to its website.

In other business, Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew announced that John McHenry, program director at the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, will become the city’s new planning director.

McHenry replaces James Riker, who left in January to become Duluth’s planning director.