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Flowery Branch City Council will spend Friday retreat talking about growth, among other topics
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Flowery Branch City Hall is located at 5410 W. Pine St. - photo by Scott Rogers

Topics related to Flowery Branch’s development boom are coming up at a City Council retreat set for Friday, March 26, at City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.

The council is set to discuss staffing requests at 9 a.m., development standards at 11 a.m. and the city’s five-year capital improvements plan at 1 p.m., according to the agenda.

The council is taking a break 12:30-1 p.m. and holding a wrap-up session at 3 p.m. The retreat will be held in person only, not streamed.

City department heads spoke to the council on Feb. 4 about future staffing needs based on population increases in recent years.

Filling all the positions could mean about $939,393 more in salaries. 

“This is kind of what we would be asking for to have an ideal staffing here,” City Manager Bill Andrew said in February.

The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Flowery Branch’s population jumped by nearly 50% from 5,096 in 2010 to to an estimated 7,497 in 2019, the most recent numbers available.

The council routinely considers rezoning requests at every meeting, usually pertaining to a housing development. Meanwhile, subdivisions and apartment complexes are being built all around the city. The Times has a map of developments across Hall County, which includes links to the latest news about them.

Flowery Branch City Council

What: annual retreat to discuss general issues affecting the city

When: 9 a.m. Friday, March 26

Where: 5410 W. Pine St.