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Flowery Branch may give final OK to zoning change
New category for heavy-use manufacturing would be added
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Flowery Branch City Council is poised to give its final OK tonight to a change in zoning law that creates a heavy-use manufacturing category.

The move stems from a February 2010 rezoning in which the council placed conditions, including permitted uses characterized as light industrial.

As part of the action, council members decided to revise the zoning law so the city's one manufacturing category at the time called only for light industrial uses. They also asked city staff to establish a new heavy-use manufacturing category.

Through the City Council's adoption of a comprehensive land-use plan, City Planner James Riker has said city leaders have "clearly identified there are areas that are appropriate for heavy industrial."

Those areas are predominantly along parts of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, Lafarge North America's Friendship Road quarry and a strip of property running along Interstate 985 and Hog Mountain Road.

Last year's rezoning involved property at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads.

The council, which is meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5517 Main St., also plans to hold a public hearing on amending city code to say adult entertainment businesses can only be located within manufacturing zones.

"This (move) is just to allow consistency between our municipal code and our zoning code, so this in no way encourages or makes easier locating adult businesses within our community," Riker said.

In other business, the council is looking at setting up stop signs at two intersections on Lake Sterling Boulevard, the main road in the Sterling on the Lake subdivision, and a yield sign for motorists turning right from Spout Springs Road onto Lake Sterling.

Council members talked at the Aug. 4 meeting about the traffic situation, expressing some concerns about both of the stop signs being installed because of their closeness to each other. They generally favored the yield sign as a way to eliminate motorist confusion at that intersection.


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