City Council discusses increasing density level of multi-family housing

City Council, News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Ellijay City Council discussed increasing the density level of multi-family housing during their meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Mayor Al Hoyle stated that this was in reaction to the current density level being one unit per half acre, whereas other cities of the same size typically have 10-12 units per acre.

Ethan Calhoun discusses changes to the multi-family housing density.

Ethan Calhoun was present during the meeting to discuss the changes to the density level and weigh in on Ellijay’s current density level against other surrounding counties such as Pickens and Fannin.

The change would allow for 7,500 square feet for the first unit and 3,000 square foot per additional unit, not to exceed 12 units unless special permission is given.

Council member Al Fuller stated his concerns regarding the effects this would have on the county in general. This would allow for many more people in the community, and thus there would be additional traffic and stress on the school system.

This change will hopefully allow for more affordable housing in the area though, and an ordinance update reading is expected to be ready for a council meeting in two weeks.

The council also approved the purchase of a used 2010 four-wheel drive backhoe for the road department during the meeting (38:20). The backhoe costs $25,000 which is expected to come from the special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) budget.

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Ellijay City Council Meeting – Monday, March 18, 2019.

Business, News

ELLIJAY, Ga.- The Ellijay City Council met on Monday, March 18, 2019, to discuss a number of action items, including a Setback Variance for 171 Skyline Drive, a Resolution and Ordinance to Amend Chapter 6, Articles I through III of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ellijay, as well as an Urban Redevelopment Plan.

Pictured right to left, Council Member Lynelle Stewart. Council Member Al Fuller, Council Member Ruth Caudell, and Mayor Al Hoyle.

At 5:30 p.m., before the start of the regular meeting, the council introduced Gilmer County’s latest Public Safety Director, Keith Kucera. Kucera stated that his job was to work with all of the entities within the county to try and provide services that we can obtain through grants or other means to assist the county. Coming from a military background (United States Coastguard for 25 years), Kucera states that he’s here to do whatever he can to make things better for this community.

The other order of business that was discussed prior to the regular meeting involved Jodie Beauregard from the Master Gardener Volunteers of the Gilmer County Extension Office, regarding the placement of of a community garden at Harrison Park. The proposed garden is awaiting land clearing, and access to electricity to recharge equipment used throughout the garden. A spigot installation would also be required. Beauregard states that they would need a way to get water into a rain barrel, and so a building with gutters would be preferred if at all possible. Education space is also a request, as Beauregard states they plan on offering education on gardening. The Harrison Park Advisory Board, as well as Mayor Al Hoyle both agree that a Master Plan is an absolute must prior to the installation of the community garden, and so there has been no further action taken at this time.

Pictures from right to left, Council member Katie Lancey and Mayor Pro-Tem David Westmoreland.

At 6 p.m., the Setback Variance for 171 Skyline Drive passed with none opposed. This Setback Variance was a request made by the property owner to encroach 12 feet into the required front residential setback and 10 feet into the side setback.

The Resolution and Ordinance to Amend Chapter 6, Articles I through III of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Ellijay also passed with none opposed. According to Hoyle, this Resolution and Ordinance serves the purpose of removing the 60-day waiting period for the home premise consumption license, as well as changes the Farm winery tasting license, stating that anything the state allows, it puts the licensing under the city instead of under state guidance. It also clarifies the application process for Farm winery tasting rooms, making it the same as an on premise consumption license.

Finally, the Urban Redevelopment plan also passed without any opposition.

Amendment to Code of Ordinances 1/3

 

Amendment to the Code of Ordinances 2/3

Amendment to Code of Ordinances 3/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Redevelopment Plan Part 1/2

Urban Redevelopment Plan Part 2/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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