Waleska OKs new zoning map
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
February 22, 2012 12:00 AM | 1361 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WALESKA — A new zoning map for Waleska was unanimously approved by the City Council at its meeting Monday.

The city of Waleska is part of the Cherokee County Municipal Planning Commission, which makes recommendations on zoning matters for unincorporated Cherokee County, Waleska and Ball Ground.

The City Council is working with Cherokee County officials on clarifications that aim to change the citywide ordinances as part of the updating process.

“We should have the document in hand by Friday,” City Clerk Aimee Abernathy said. “Hopefully, within the next month we’ll be adopting the new code.”

City Council member Edna Cook said she hopes the new ordinances will make some issues easier to enforce.

“One that I want to see is for enforcement of homes that aren’t properly being taken care of and are allowed to be unsightly,” Cook said.

A sign variance for the proposed Subway restaurant at 6875 Reinhardt College Parkway was also approved. The sign requested by the restaurant is larger than the city ordinance allows for, Abernathy said.

The Subway, which will be housed in the former Grady Street Pizza location, will tentatively open by mid-March pending inspections from the county, Abernathy said.

Mayor Doris Jones said she is very excited about the new restaurant.

“It will give us two new businesses coming into town,” Jones said, adding that Front Porch Creamery at 6875 Reinhardt College Parkway has been a great addition to the community.

The council also approved the second reading of the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefits System, or GMEBS, updated retirement plan ordinance.

Also, the council went into executive session to discuss real estate. No action was taken afterwards.
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