In an effort to thwart a last minute licensing rush, the City Council of Peachtree Corners took swift action Tuesday in a specially called meeting and planning session.
The moratorium was unanimously approved by the City Council in advance of July 1, 2012; the date Peachtree Corners will officially begin operating as an incorporated city. The moratorium is not a preventative measure so much as it is a mechanism being implemented to ease the transition of Peachtree Corners from community to city. Included in the moratorium are all zoning and land use matters, alcohol permits, business licenses, massage parlor licenses, taxi cab permits, adult entertainment establishment licenses, adult bookstore licenses, sign and billboard permits, building and demolition permits. Tuesday also saw the completion of a sixty-day notice to Gwinnett County of the transfer of power from Gwinnett County to the City of Peachtree Corners for certain duties and powers including land use permitting, alcohol and business licensing and other various powers and services as enumerated in the City’s charter.
Further clarifying the issue at hand is Mayor of Peachtree Corners, Mike Mason, citing the previous city incorporation issues of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs, both of whom incorporated without a moratorium period. Mayor Mason also highlighted the success of the incorporation of Dunwoody who implemented a moratorium during its incorporation period. The moratorium only applies to any new projects and will not affect and project already in progress and is intended to facilitate the careful development of the newly formed City. Mayor Mason encourages anyone who believes they may have been inadvertently affected or has any questions to follow up with the Council for further review or additional information.
The Council for Quality Growth has begun talks with Peachtree Corners officials in order to better understand the issue and work to ensure that positive development for the city will continue to occur, with citizens and developers working together to improve the economic development of this newly created city.
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