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Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions
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• Gainesville City Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment Tuesday 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.

The proposed 1,850-square-foot Waffle House, which has no timeline for construction, was opposed by residents of an active-adult community located nearby. They expressed concerns about the prospect of noise, light pollution and increased traffic associated with the new restaurant.

• Council appointed Allen Nivens to replace Chris Braswell on the Development Authority and appointed David Abee to replace Scott McGarity on the Redevelopment Authority.

Joshua Silavent

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

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 came 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, who initially voted against the amendment out of concerns about the city being overrun with pawnshops, gave their assent on Tuesday.

Councilmen Sam Couvillon and George Wangemann said they supported the amendment because they hope the free market will play a role in limiting pawnshops.

There are 18 pawnshops in the city, according to City Marshal Debbie Jones.