A study to determine potential golf cart use in Flowery Branch was approved Thursday, June 7, by the Flowery Branch City Council.
The vote came after an hour-long discussion and comments from residents, particularly those living in the Sterling on the Lake subdivision off Spout Springs Road. Sterling has more than 1,000 homes and has a buildout of about 2,000 homes.
As part of the study, the city would hire a firm for $12,360 to study where “personal transportation vehicles,” particularly golf carts, could travel.
A proposed ordinance would “establish requirements for (their) use on city roads, such as vehicle operation, occupants, hazardous activities and registration,” according to a city presentation.
“Implementation of an ordinance would have an additional financial impact due to the cost of signage and roadway markings,” the city said in the presentation.
To operate a golf cart, “it has to be allowed by local ordinance,” City Attorney Ron Bennett told the council. “If the council does not pass a local ordinance that does not allow (their) operation on public streets, it would not be legal.”
“I believe this is not just a Sterling on the Lake issue,” Councilwoman Amy Farah said. “We’ve got a ton of development coming to the city, and I believe this is very appealing to those developments.”