Woodstock to mull lobbying legislation
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 1489 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodstock City Council will discuss a resolution opposing a bill to limit “lobbying” by city employees at its meeting Monday night.

The Council will also hold the second and final reading to expand the Downtown Development Authority’s boundary to encourage a potential business to set up shop in Woodstock.

House Bill 228, which was put through a second reader Feb. 8, aims to prohibit public employees from using government-owned computers to promote or oppose the passage of any legislation by the General Assembly.

The city’s proposed resolution said the bill would also prohibit city employees from contacting members of the General Assembly and/or the governor to discuss the impact of legislation on their respective city, unless they are specifically asked a question or pay to register as lobbyists.

“We feel this legislation confuses ‘lobbying’ with ‘communication’ and will hinder local government from participating in the legislative process,” the resolution states.

Additionally, the Council will decide whether to approve the Woodstock DDA’s incorporation of a portion of land off Arnold Mill Road bordered by Anderson Court and Sandy Circle to the east and Winchester Way to the south. The DDA unanimously voted to add the land during its January meeting.

At the DDA meeting, Brad Nix with Reformation Brewery made a presentation to the board on the concept of the brewery, located at 500 Arnold Mill Road. He told members he planned to fund a portion of the business through a state-endorsed loan fund, a Downtown Development Revolving Loan, which requires the property to be located within the DDA’s boundaries.

According to the state Department of Community Affairs, the loan is limited to $250,000 and can be used by cities, counties and development authorities to revive their downtown areas.

The Council will also:

 Hear from City Manager Jeff Moon about Opportunity Zones;

 Discuss an annexation and rezoning application for a property located at 12590 Highway 92 to annex 5.77 acres into the city and rezone 8.03 acres to Senior Living-C to accommodate Merrill Gardens, an assisted living and memory care facility;

 Discuss a rezoning application from Lennar Georgia of Roswell for a 49.26 undeveloped acres located to the south and east of Haney Road from Downtown Very Low Density Residential to Residential, limited to two units per acre for a traditional single-family subdivision with 97 units;

 Discuss a rezoning application from Brock Built Homes of Marietta to develop 156 lots in the Oakhurst subdivision, located on the west side of Neese Road from R-2 to R-3C for three units per acre with variances to accommodate the site plan;

 Discuss a variance application for a McDonalds on 9961 Highway 92 to allow for a side-by-side drive throughs and a second 40-foot menu board;

 Discuss a Comcast fiber solution contract to connect all city locations with fiber connectivity and a partial build-out payment of $35,500

 Hear the first reading of environment ordinance revisions; and

 Consider approval of the wayfinding sign design to allow the consultant to produce detailed design production drawings.

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George Teabugger
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February 26, 2013
Might as well live in a dictatorship like PRNK as under the hobnailed boots of these Republicans.
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